Brown sophomore Alexandria Donahue got 2016 to winning start as her Brown Bears team faced off against Harvard and Penn in an all Ivy League clash at the Harvard pool in Cambridge Massachusetts on Saturday January 16.
Donahue got a victory in the very first event as the Brown A team won the 200 yard medley. The team of Jenna Zagoren, Donahue, Caroline Vexler and Reia Tong won the race in 1:43.83. Alexandria had the fastest breaststroke with a 28.04 effort. That was her fastest relay performance for the season beating the 28.23 recorded at the Big Al invitational in December.
She would go on to win the 100 yard breaststroke by more than 2 seconds. Alexandria won the event in 1:02.89 which is her second fastest time for the season. Geordie Enoch of Harvard was 2nd in 1:05.28.
The margin of victory in the 200 yard breaststroke was a much closer affair. She out touched Harvard’s Sonia Wang 2:20.14 to 2:20.42 to complete her trifecta.
In the 400 yard freestyle relay her Brown Bear C team finished 8th . The team of Donahue Kendall Crawford, Tiffany Zhao and Ellyn Vitek recorded a total time of 3:37.80.Alexandria started off the relay with a split of 53.48
Recently Donahue was recently honoured by the Amateur Swimming Association of Trinidad & Tobago at its dinner and awards ceremony on January 9 as its most outstanding female swimmer in the 18 and over category for 2015. She also copped the award for attaining the highest FINA points last year.
Also in action at the meet was St Lucian record holder Joshua Daniel. He competed in the 400 yard freestyle relay where his Brown Bear’s B team finished 6th in a time of 3:09.71.Daniel contributed with a 48.14 split on the 2nd leg. In the 200 yard medley relay his C team placed 9th in a time of 1:35.81.Daniel had an anchor freestyle leg of 21.69. In individual competition Joshua was 11th in both the 50 and 100 yard freestyle. In the 50 yard freestyle he stopped the clock in 22.12.His time in the longer sprint was 48.11.
The Brown Bears men team were beaten by 90.50 to 207.50. They also lost 63 to 237 to Harvard. The women’s were also defeated .They lost 124 to 176 to Penn. They tallied 124.50 to Harvard’s 174.50.