harvard's leddy leads way in 200 back

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Harvard’s surge to the lead in the 2009 Ivy League Swimming & Diving Championships has been in large part to the strong contingent of veteran swimmers on Stephanie Wriede Morawski’s squad.

But on Saturday night, it was a freshman that took center stage.

Capitalizing on the injury absence of defending champion Sara Coenen, Harvard’s Meghan Leddy earned the 200y Backstroke title for 2009 by swimming with the poise of a seasoned veteran, despite obvious youth.

Trailing by only .01 to Columbia’s Lauren Fraley after the first split, Meghan dug down and executed an incredible turn, which propelled the upstart into the lead. She then continued to extend her lead on Fraley with seemingly every stroke.

But the race wasn’t over by any stretch of the imagination. Leddy had to hold off a furious charge by Penn’s Ainsley Cookingham. The junior, who has developed a reputation of a great closer, looked to reel the freshman in with a 29.89 final leg, but the difference was too great while the distance was too small.

And Leddy was just too quick. The freshman finished at 1:59.65 and took down her first individual Ivy championship.

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Posted in 200 Back, Harvard, Leddy

aemisegger dominates in 1650 again; lowers meet record

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Another year, another 1650 meet record for Alicia Aemisegger.

Last year, she “Aemiseggered” the record… crushing the old mark of 16:16.94 to lower the standard to a sub-16 minute mark — touching the wall at 15:58.57.

Well, to expect the Princeton junior to drop another 18 seconds off the record is to sit there and expect the final rose ceremony on ABC’s The Bachelor to equate to a long and happy marriage.

Probably not going to happen.

But Aemisegger is extraordinary in the 1650. She has that rare combination of stamina and speed that is vital for such a grueling race. Not to mention that she has already proven it can be done by besting the 1997 mark from Cristina Teuscher and also crushing DeNunzio Pool’s pool record by Lezlie Mix (1994 — 16:13.06) in the process.

So there was no 15:40.57 on this day. Instead, Alicia put forth a new meet record of 15:57.34.

To put that in perspective, her closest competitor, Harvard’s Alexandra Clarke, touched the wall at 16:10.92 while the third-place finisher clocked in at 16:29.09 (32 seconds slower than Aemisegger).

Incredible.

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oh the places you've been… and still need to get to…

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Update to my little fan appreciation thing… still missing some states — but we’re getting there. You have one day/night left to identify yourself. The Ivies extend further than this… I know it… so I’m asking you to prove it! Shoot me a comment or an email and let me know where you are from. We’re doing well but the goal is all 50 and a few more countries. Make it happen!

[Editor’s Update — Still looking for Alaska, Nevada, Wyoming, South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas, New Mexico, Arkansas, Alabama and Indiana]

Domestic(ated) Ivies

Arizona — Phoenix, Tempe, Scottsdale (wait – aren’t they all the same place?)

California — Westlake Village, Oakland, Tustin, San Diego, Los Angeles, Woodland Hills, Redondo Beach, Palo Alto, Santa Barbara, Mountain View, Huntingdon Beach

Colorado — Aspen, Boulder

Connecticut — Farmington, New Haven, Mianus (giggle), Bristol (evidently Big Brother is watching — who knew the World Wide Leader was checking out our LZR suits)

Delaware — Wilmington

Florida — Jupiter, Palm Beach Gardens, St. Augustine, St. Petersburg, Ft. Myers

Georgia — Atlanta, Athens

Hawaii — Ewa Beach

Idaho — Moscow (darn — I thought this my bride contacting me, aww man!), Boise

Illinois — Evanston, Chicago

Iowa — Cedar Rapids (Welcome to the Party CY3)

Kentucky — Louisville

Louisiana — New Orleans

Maine — Cumberland

Maryland — Baltimore, Chevy Chase (C’mon man… we need another Caddyshack… more like Ty Webb in one… less like Ty Webb in 2)

Massachusetts — Boston, Cambridge, Cape Cod

Michigan — Allegan (I actually have a good friend from Allegan… should be heading out there soon), East Lansing, Kalamazoo, Gross Pointe

Minnesota — St. Paul, Wabasha (NO WAY! Just have to ask… how’s Slippery’s?)

Missouri — St. Louis

Montana — Missoula

New Hampshire — Nashua, Hanover

New Jersey — Hawthorne, Princeton, Morristown, Hamilton, Toms River, Bridgewater

New York — Long Island (obviously, the hotel is just down the street), Morningside Heights, New York City, Ithaca, Albany, Poughkeepsie, Pelham

North Carolina — Durham, Greensboro

North Dakota — Fargo

Ohio — Columbus, Cleveland, Akron, Bowling Green

Oklahoma — Ada (Isn’t that were Jeremy Shockey is from? Could it be?)

Oregon — Nesika Beach (that deserves a closer look since I have never heard of it)

Pennsylvania — Philadelphia, Harrisburg, Yardley, Williamsport, Richboro, Mechanicsburg

Rhode Island — Providence, Cranston

Tennessee — Chattanooga, Murfreesboro, Jackson

Texas — Fort Worth, Texarkana, Colleyville, Dallas

Vermont — Burlington (Bring some Ben & Jerry’s… I’m hungry)

Virginia — Herndon (he’s a hater though — so we laugh in his general direction and shun him), Richmond, Vienna, Chantilly (lace… and a pretty face and a pony tail hanging down)

Washington — Seattle, Olympia

Washington, D.C.

West Virginia — Wheeling

Wisconsin — Milwaukee

* — Thank you iTunes

International Ivies

British Columbia, Canada — Not a bad start but we can do better! We were in Amman, Jordan and Beijing China a year ago. We are globalized… just don’t know how global yet.

Anhui, China — NOW THAT’S INTERNATIONAL! And apparently the People’s Republic still will not permit WordPress blogging — we had that same issue in August with the Olympics blog — but thanks to the YPN at Yale we can now officially make a shout out to Anhui.

Kodaikanal, Tamil Nadu, India — Never too late to get people onto the list, especially when you are coming from one of the most popular hill resorts in India. Looks like a pretty interesting place too. Perhaps I will start to create a list of all of these cool Ivy places… and make plans to visit.

Ludvika, Sweden — So we’re looking at North America, Asia and now a nice slice of Europe! An area known for high-tech companies, Ludvika is within the greater Ludvika Municipality. I am frankly disappointed that the sports section does not note Ivy League Swimming & Diving because it’s clearly evident that we have a fan there.

Posted in Roll Call

slight scoring fixes…

I will update these better in the morning… but the following scores are official. Cornell was reinstated in a relay and the scores reflect that reinstatement.

Harvard – 1068
Princeton – 865
Yale – 675
Penn – 621
Columbia – 571.5
Brown – 466.5
Dartmouth – 394
Cornell – 324

Time for bed… 2 am – better than last night.

Posted in Uncategorized

final event of day 2 goes the way of the crimson

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In the 800 Free Relay, the Harvard Crimson held off the Princeton Tigers to earn the victory and extend a lead heading into the final competition.

The powerful team from Cambridge of Alexandra Clarke, Katherine Pickard, Catherine Zagroba and Katie Mills had the lead on nearly every change. But it was the heroics of Kate Mills that secured the win as she staved off a furious challenge from Princeton’s Alicia Aemisegger on the final leg. 

The Harvard sophomore countered every move that the Princeton junior had. And in the end, she secured full points for the Crimson, which finished in 7:13.71.

Posted in 800 Free Relay, Harvard

crimson's hinkle takes 100 back; margin of victory = .01

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When Penn’s Sara Coenen was scratched from the Ivy Championships due to injury, one of the major questions that needed answering was which school/student-athlete would benefit from the absence of the Quaker star?

Harvard’s Katy Hinkle was the answer. The speedy sophomore edged out a final charge from Princeton’s Megan Waters by .01 to take the title with a 55.50. Couple that with the fact that the aforementioned Coenen’s winning time from a year ago was 55.52. Not to mention all three competitors, barring any injury setbacks, will be back a year from now to compete once again.

Mark it down… because it will be the most anticipated race in 2010. But for 2009, it was Hinkle’s victory party. An Ivy League champion yet again (50 Free in 2008).

Posted in 100 Back, Hinkle

yale's kim takes meet record in 100 breast

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Yale’s Susan Kim waited for the perfect time to put forth the greatest race of her career. The junior emerged from a strong field — including defending champion Courtney Kilkuts — to take down the Ivy 100y Breaststroke championship.

All that it took was dropping an astounding 2.1 seconds off of her fifth-place time from a year ago. Kim’s feat in the breaststroke, traditionally one of the most difficult disciplines to chop large chunks of time off, especially at such a short distance, was nothing sort of amazing. To go from 1:04.15 in the finals a year ago to a 1:02.05 was quite eye-popping.

Not only was it the fastest time that Kim has ever swam in her career, it also rewrote all of the existing League records, including Princeton’s Carwai Seto’s all-time mark from 1992 (1:02.34) and fellow Tiger Stephanie Hsiao’s meet record (1:02.43) from 2003.

Posted in 100 Breast, Kim