The second day of the Women's Eastern Seaboard Championships went very much like the first, with meet records and National qualifying times is almost every event yesterday at Blodget pool.
Amid the record smashing, Princeton extended its lead to more than 100 points by clinching first place in two of the eight events and placing at least two swimmers in the top six of all the rest. Pitt and Penn State remain in a close battle for second with 429 and 425 points, respectively, while Brown overtook Harvard to move into fourth, as the team geared up for tomorrow's conclusion.
Although four new meet records were set, none were as dramatic as Tiger Betsy Lind's swim in the 200-yard freestyle when she broke teammate Liz Richardson's old record by more than a second and a half, easily qualifying for the Nationals.
Lind and Pitt's Amy Jackson were even for the first 100, but Lind began to really pour it on after the sixth length and never relinquished her lead. She finished almost a full three seconds ahead of Jackson.
Crimson medley specialist Debbie Zimic turned in her best time ever, while qualifying for the nationals and finishing second behind Panther Sue Heon. Her teammate Cary Mazzone also did a lifetime best, placing fifth at a 4:38.59 clip.
"We're culminating the season the way you're supposed to," Harvard coach Vicki Hays said. "We're swimming our fastest times, and we know that we can swim faster."
The Harvard divers continued to dominate, placing five Crimson divers in the semi-finals tomorrow. Harvard's Jennifer Goldberg moved from second to first after yesterday's diving, and senior Co-captain Pam Stone leaped into third as she prepared for her last diving appearance ever, today.
Hays feels that the diving and sprints should be the key in tomorrow's finale, if Harvard is to regain fourth place. "We're stronger mentally. They realize what they are capable of and they're not scared to use their potential"