The Brown Bears battled the Columbia Lions in a Division I Ivy League clash at the Katherine Moran Coleman Aquatics Center on Saturday January 23. One of the big performers for the Bears was Trinidad and Tobago’s swimmer of the year in the 18 and over category Alexandria Donahue.
Donahue took an emphatic win in the 100 yard breaststroke winning by over 3 seconds .It was also her 2nd fastest time of the season of 1:02.57 and her 4th win in the event for the season. Her Brown Bears 200 yard medley A team of Jenna Zagoren, Caroline Vexler and Reia Tong had a close win over the Lions squad 1:44.48 to1:44.66. Donahue had the fastest breaststroke split by more than as she was timed at 28.46. In the 200 yard breaststroke she led from start to finish to win in 2:19.89.In the 200 yard individual medley she moved from 5th place at the halfway mark to challenge the leaders. This was based off the strength of a game changing 34.60 breaststroke split. In the end she was just held off by Columbia’s Jessica Antiles 2:05.25 to 2:05.80.
Also competing at the meet was Jamaican junior Trudi Patrick. Her best finish on the day was 3rd in the 200 yard medley relay. Her Lions B team stopped the clock in a time of 1:48.34 with Patrick contributing with a 25.98 butterfly leg. In the 100 yard butterfly she was 4th in 58.04. The 200 yard butterfly saw her placing 7th in 2:09.40.
Another CARIFTA region swimmer in action was St Lucia’s Joshua Daniel. He recorded his 2nd fastest time of the season in the 50 yard freestyle when he finished 8th in 21.96.He again 8th in the 100 yard butterfly in a time of 52.38. In relay action his Brown Bears C relay teams finished 4th in both the 200 yard medley and the 400 yard freestyle. In the medley relay their time was 1:34.53 with Daniel doing anchor freestyle duties with a split of 21.53. He started the 400 freestyle relay with a 49 flat split as the team finished in a total time of 3:11.83.
The final scores had Brown beating Columbia 157 to 143 for their first win over their Ivy League rivals in more than 8 years. The Lions however triumphed over the Brown Bears in men’s action 166 to 134.