HANOVER, New Hampshire, November 12. YOUTH was on display Friday at Karl Michael Pool when the Dartmouth women's swimming and diving team hosted Cornell and Harvard in its season-opening meet. The Big Green came out with a victory over Cornell, 172.5-127.5, but lost to Harvard, 186-114.
Multiple Dartmouth swimmers shined in the opening meet, and a majority of them were from the freshmen class. Freshman Katy Feng (Westford, Mass.) opened the meet by winning the three-meter diving with a score of 259.35. She also showed her skills by winning the one-meter diving with a score of 266.20.
Freshman Christine Kerr (Gainesville, Fla.) made a mark in her first race. She won the 200-yard freestyle and set the pool record while doing it with a time of 1.51.80. Allyson Schumacher of Brown previously held the record at 1:52.25, which she set in 2008. Kerr wasn't done after just one event either. She placed second (53.16) in the 100-yard freestyle against Harvard, but beat all competitors from Cornell. In the 500-yard freestyle she again finished second (5:01.34) behind a Harvard competitor but bested all the Big Red swimmers.
Now it might start getting confusing for fans, because Kerr's twin, Danielle Kerr (Gainesville, Fla.), appears to be just as good as her sister. Danielle Kerr finished second (2:04.51) in the 200-yard butterfly to a Harvard competitor, but finished five seconds faster than any Cornell swimmer. She also placed third (2:09.27) in the 200-yard IM, but again bested all Big Red competitors.
There was another freshman that didn't let the first-meet jitters get to her. Kendall Farnham (Severna Park, Md.) won the 100-yard butterfly with a time of 56.33. It set a new pool record, besting the previous mark of 57.07 that was set in 2004.
Dartmouth will be back in action on Saturday, November 20, against Brown at Providence.
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