Women's Swimming and Diving Places Second at ECAC Championships

Harvard earned its third straight second-place finish at the ECAC Championships (OAC).

ANNAPOLIS, Md. – The Harvard women's swimming and diving team made a run at the team title but came up short to finish in second place at the 2012 ECAC Championships in Annapolis, Md.

The Crimson and Marist tied for second with 529 points while host Navy took home the championship with 583 points. This marks Harvard's third consecutive second-place finish at the meet and the eighth straight year the team has finished either first or second.

Clare Foster won the 200 IM during the first championship finals session on Friday with a time of 2:06.27, edging out Marist's Greta Leberfinger who took second in 2:06.54. Victoria Pratt placed sixth in the event in 2:08.40 while Helen Pitchik placed eighth in 2:09.71.

The Crimson turned in an impressive performance on the one-meter diving board as Cassandra Corneau beat out Jessica Stanchfield by the slimmest of margins for the victory. Corneau turned in a total score of 242.60 for the win with Stanchfield totaling 242.50 points for second.

Ellie Johnson placed second in the 50 free, touching the wall in 23.79 behind C.W. Post's Cornelia Hanes who took first with a time of 23.59. Alicia Lightbourne was the sixth-place finisher in the event in a time of 24.36.

Kristi Korsberg had a strong showing in the 500 free as she placed third in 4:57.15. The 200 free relay team, meanwhile, placed third in 1:36.36 with the 400 medley relay team taking fourth in 3:54.61.

After the first day of competition Harvard led the 36-team field with 202 points. Marist was in second with 177 points while Navy (175), Towson (119) and Army (100) rounded out the top five.

On Saturday the Crimson received a second-place performance by Foster in the 100 breast, as the junior touched the wall in 1:04.10 behind Villanova's Erin Malone who finished in 1:01.38. Lightbourne took fourth in the event in 1:04.41 and Pitchik placed sixth in 1:05.58.

The 800 free relay team of Korsberg, Foster, Pratt and Lightbourne also placed second in 7:34.54, with Marist taking the victory in 7:31.51.

The top three placewinners in the 400 IM finished just over one second apart. Columbia's Emily Lavay won the race with a time of 4:25.30, with Rider's Kelly O'Connor taking second in 4:25.54 and Korsberg placing third in 4:26.55. Carol Lin, Foster, Johnson and Lightbourne combined for a time of 1:45.57 to place third in the 200 medley relay, as Navy finished first in 1:43.19.

Stanchfield placed fourth on the three-meter diving board with a total of 242.50 points and Corneau placed eighth with 215.50. Johnson rounded out the Crimson's top performances on Saturday with a fifth-place showing in the 100 fly, posting a time of 56.82.

Navy took the lead in the team standings after Saturday with 413 points as Marist ranked second with 401 points and Harvard third with 390.

The Crimson earned its third title at the meet Sunday in the 400 free relay. Korsberg, Margaret Fish, Johnson and Lightbourne combined for a winning time of 3:29.68, and finished nearly two seconds ahead of Navy's second-place finishing team which posted a time of 3:39.32.

Lightbourne also took third in the 100 free on the final day with a time of 51.39, as Villanova's Katrin Heider placed first in 50.65 and Navy's Toni Paruso took second in 51.08. Johnson, meanwhile, placed eighth in the event with a time of 52.75.

Korsberg finished fourth in the 1,650 free with a time of 16:59.49, while Foster took fifth in the 200 breast in 2:17.96. Pitchik and Fish placed sixth and seventh, respectively, in the 200 breast as well, turning in times of 2:19.49 and 2:23.17.