preston seizes opportunity and scores major upset in 50 free


A year ago, a fresh-faced sensation entered the Princeton pool in the 50 free and emerged as the Ivy champion. The Harvard freshman, Katy Hinkle, took out a competition filled with upperclassmen.

But it would not happen this year. At least not on Hillary Preston’s watch.

The Dartmouth senior, who failed to qualify for the championship finals a year ago (but did win the consolation finals in 23.52 — which would have been fourth in the 2008 final), made amends for the small hiccup in last year’s preliminaries.

This year, all it took was a very quick 23.29. She did it with flair, and with fire, and a bit of swagger (no one on the corner has swagger like her…). Qualifying fourth for tonight’s final, in a time of 23.48, the state of Washington native left no doubt in the finals — defeating three competitors that placed higher than her a year ago.

In what could shape up to be the upset of the meet, Preston delivered when it mattered most. In her final collegiate race… in her marquee event.

Score one for the wily Ivy veterans! Score one for the underdog!

Great race Hillary and congratulations!


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race recaps

200y FREE RELAY -- Pre | Final
500y FREE -- Pre | Final
200y IM -- Pre | Final
50y FREE -- Pre | Final
1m DIVING -- Pre | Final
400y MEDLEY RELAY -- Pre | Final
200y MEDLEY RELAY -- Pre | Final
1000y FREE -- Timed Final
400y IM -- Pre | Final
100y FLY -- Pre | Final
200y FREE -- Pre | Final
100y BREAST -- Pre | Final
100y BACK -- Pre | Final
3m DIVING -- Pre | Final
800y FREE RELAY -- Timed Final
1650y FREE -- Final
200y BACK -- Pre | Final
100y FREE -- Pre | Final
200y BREAST -- Pre | Final
200y FLY -- Pre | Final
400y FREE RELAY -- Timed Final

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