PRINCETON, New Jersey, December 7. PRINCETON’S Teo D’Alessandro broke his second school record in two days during the second day of racing at the Big Al Open. After becoming the fastest Tiger all-time in the 200 IM yesterday, D’Alessandro took down the 400 IM record tonight with a 3:47.22, helping the Princeton men establish a comfortable cushion over second-place Dartmouth in the team race. The Princeton women lead Yale by 65 points in the team standings.
Princeton Women’s Press Release
Senior Lisa Boyce won two individual events, while four Princeton divers reached the ‘A’ final of the 1-meter event, to help the Tigers maintain a Day 2 lead at the 2013 Big Al Open.
Princeton holds the overall lead with 721 points, while Yale stands second with 656 points. Both schools hold a comfortable lead over the rest of the field, as Dartmouth stands third with 432 points. There are seven events remaining; Sunday prelims will begin at 10 am, while finals start at 5 pm.
Princeton got off to a strong start Saturday night, as the quartet of Boyce, Olivia Chan, Nikki Larson and Morgan Karetnick posted a win in the 200 medley relay in 1:40.17, a time that was more than four seconds faster than any team in the field.
Yale went 1-2 in the 400 IM, while sophomore Beverly Nguyen took third in 4:16.63. Freshman Kathleen Mulligan also reached the ‘A’ final and took sixth in 4:27.18.
Princeton bounced back strong in the 100 fly, placing four in the top five and earning a win by Boyce. She took the victory in 53.21, though her preliminary time of 52.76 currently ranks among the Top 20 nationally. Larson (54.50), Karetnick (54.62) and Chan (55.66) went 3-4-5 in the final.
Sophomore Mallory Remick placed seventh in the 200 free in 1:51.93, while junior Damaris Iriondo won the ‘B’ final in 1:50.73. Chan won the 100 breast in 1:02.81, while junior Emily Yu took sixth in 1:05.95.
Boyce picked up her second individual win of the night by taking the 100 back in 54.89, while sophomore Sada Stewart finished third in 55.79. Junior Shirley Wang gave the Tigers three in the Top 5 in 56.04.
The first diving final of the weekend saw Princeton put four in the top seven of the 1-meter event. Freshman Caitlin Chambers took third with 260.15 points, while sophomore Helen Zitkovsky finished fourth with 240.65 points. Sophomore Alice Eltvedt placed fifth (236.80), while freshman Lisa Li finished seventh (231.15).
Princeton finished fifth in the 800 free relay, as the quartet of Iriondo, Remick, Elizabeth McDonald and Stewart finished in 7:30.47.
Princeton Men’s Press Release
Two nights, two records. Safe to say, it’s been a good weekend for Teo D’Alessandro.
One night after breaking his own Princeton record in the 200 IM, the Princeton sophomore set a team record in the 400 IM and helped the Tigers to a comfortable lead after two days of the 2013 Big Al Open. Princeton has 895 points, while second-place Dartmouth has 659 points.
There are seven events remaining; Sunday prelims will begin at 10 am, while finals start at 5 pm.
The 200 medley relay quartet of Michael Strand, Jack Pohlmann, Harrison Wagner and Connor Maher opened the night session with a victory in 1:27.06. Princeton had two teams in the top three, as the quartet of Andrew Helber, Marco Bove, Brooks Powell and Jeremy Wong placed third in 1:30.24.
D’Alessandro set his second school record in as many nights by winning the 400 IM in 3:47.22, edging the record time of 3:47.86 set by Colin Hanna in 2009. Senior Daniel Hasler (3:55.59) and freshman Sam Smiddy (3:57.46) made it a 1-2-3 finish for Princeton in the event.
Junior Harrison Wagner was Princeton’s lone championship qualifier in the 100 fly, taking seventh in 49.57. Junior Michael Strand added a win in the ‘B’ final in 47.63.
Senior Mark O’Connell won the 3-meter final in his last Big Al Open, taking the win with 359.15 points. Freshman Nathan Makarewicz took fourth with 308.30 points, while junior Michael Manhard finished fifth with 284.55 points.
Sandy Bole and Conner Jager went 1-2 in the 200 free, with Bole taking the win in 1:37.92. Jager placed second in 1:39.76. Pohlmann and Hasler followed with a 2-3 finish in the 100 breast; Pohlmann went 54.82, while Hasler followed in 56.24.
Sophomore En-Wei Hu-Van Wright (47.99) and Maher (48.48) followed with another 2-3 finish in the 100 back, but Princeton bounced back with a 1-2 finish in the 800 free relay. D’Alessandro, Wong, Maher and Bole took the win in 6:29.67, while Hu-Van Wright, Bove, Jeffrey Williamson and Julian Mackrel followed in 6:40.72.