Kalandadze sets new Ivy record in 1,650-yard freestyle

The fourth-year swimmer broke the 14-year-old record at the Ivy League Championships at Princeton over the weekend.

Anna Kalandadze takes a breath while swimming a lap at the Ivy League Championships.
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Anna Kalandadze, a fourth-year freestyle swimmer on the women’s swimming and diving team, broke the Ivy League record in the 1,650-yard freestyle on Saturday at the Ivy League Championships held at Princeton’s DeNunzio Pool.

Her time of 15:53.88 bested the previous mark of 15:57.34, which was set by Princeton’s Alicia Aemisegger in 2009. Penn swimmers finished in the top three spots in the 1,650-yard freestyle, which consists of 33 laps. First-year Sydney Bergstrom placed second with a time of 16:20.35 and first-year Anna Moehn came in third with a time of 16:20.35.

From Ardmore, Pennsylvania, Kalandadze also won the 500-yard freestyle on Thursday and finished third in the 400-yard individual medley on Friday. Her time of 4:38.58 in the 500-yard freestyle set a new DeNunzio Pool record. Quakers placed 1-2-3 in the event; fourth-year Catherine Buroker finished second with a time of 4:43.86 and Moehn took third with a time of 4:45.48.

In the 400-yard individual medley, Kalandadze’s time of 4:15.13 set a new school record. Princeton’s Ellie Marquardt placed first (4:12.69) and the Tigers’ Meg Wheeler finished second (4:13.97).

Kalandadze’s performances earned her First-Team All-Ivy honors. Her 91 points were second-most of the meet.

The Quakers finished in sixth place at the Championships with 832 points. Princeton won the team title.