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Tigers swim & dive splits wins against Cornell and Penn

<h5>The women’s swimming and diving team suffered close losses against Cornell and UPenn.</h5>
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The women’s swimming and diving team suffered close losses against Cornell and UPenn.
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Women’s Swimming and Diving 

Princeton’s women’s swimming and diving team lost this past weekend against Cornell 121–179 and Penn 145–154. 

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Although the Tigers didn’t defeat the Quakers and the Big Red, there were some stand-out performances by many Princeton athletes. 

The women’s swimming and diving team opened the competition against Cornell and Penn with a first-place finish by first-year Charlotte Martinkus on the one-meter board with a top score of 270.85. Following her was sophomore Maddie Seltzer, who took second with a score of 252.80. On the three-meter board, Seltzer finished third with a score of 259.65. 

Sabrina Johnston, Jaime Chen, Alexa Pappas, and Ela Noble earned a third-place finish in the 200m medley relay with a time of 1:44.89. Wheeler also took third in the 1,000m freestyle, with a time of 10:21.87. 

In the 200m freestyle, first-year Megan Reich finished in third place, clocking in at 1:52.57. 

Junior Margaux McDonald earned two third-place finishes in the 100m backstroke (56.23) and 200m backstroke (2:05.16). 

Princeton also finished third in the 400m freestyle relay, led by Johnston, Reich, Amelia Liu, and Heidi Smithwick, with a time of 3:27.73.

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Despite these losses, the Tigers hope to bounce back in their next meet, the Big AI Invitational, next Friday, Dec. 2 with improved times and performances. 

Men’s Swimming and Diving 

Princeton’s men’s swimming and diving team defeated both Cornell and Penn at Teagle Pool this past weekend, beating the Quakers 185–115 and the Big Red 211–89. 

“It’s always great to get two wins, which are always hard-earned in the Ivy League. We executed well and took control of the meet right from the outset. It was never in doubt,” Head Coach Matt Crispino told The Daily Princetonian. 

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The Tigers started the day off with a win in the 200m medley relay with Tyler Hong, Kael Mlinek, Brett Feyerick, and Raunak Khosla, posting a time of 1:29.34. Khosla and Hong also snatched two more wins — Khosla in the 200m butterfly, finishing with a time of 1:48.28, and Hong in the 100m backstroke with 48.60. 

On the one-meter board, sophomore George Callanan finished first with a score of 307.85, and sophomore Joe Victor received a first-place finish on the three-meter board with a score of 344.70. 

The team advanced in points when junior John Ehling earned another first place in the 1,000m freestyle, with a time of 9:27.17. Senior Dylan Porges earned second place with a time of 9:34.34. 

Princeton gained even more traction when they placed first and second in the 100m freestyle, with first-year Lucas Tudoras’ time of 45.86 and junior Adell Sabovic’s time of 45.88. 

The day ended with another finish in the 400m freestyle relay (3:00.91), led by Khosla, Tudoras, Sabovic, and Max Walther, making the Tigers victorious against the other two teams. 

The Tigers will be competing at home in the Big AI Invitational next Friday, Dec. 2. 

“We are hoping to swim lifetime bests at that meet, and hopefully learn a lot more about how we’ve responded to the first 13 weeks of training this year. The focus remains on February and March,” Crispino said. “At the end of the day, we can only control our own attitude and effort every day. If we are at our best, I think we’ll be very hard to beat.” 

Dana Serea is a contributor to the Sports section at the ‘Prince.’ Please direct any corrections requests to corrections@dailyprincetonian.com. 

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