As the 2018 NCAA Men's Division I Swimming and Diving Championships approaches, three Yale swimmers reflect on their experiences and their aspirations as they prepare for their final championship meet.
Weather permitting, it will be a busy week at 5K Corral Field at DeWitt Family Stadium. The Bulldogs, who kicked off Ivy League play with three games against Harvard over the weekend, have a pair of non-league doubleheaders on tap to start the week. Tuesday’s twinbill with Army is now a 1:30 p.m. start, and the forecast, while still cold, is favorable. On Wednesday, the Bulldogs are scheduled to play two games with Wagner starting at 2 p.m., but there is a threat of more snow. The Ivy League Network will have the video of both doubleheaders.
The Yale men’s soccer team is spending spring break in Italy. The Bulldogs, who are scheduled to play four exhibition games, will visit Rome, Florence, Pisa and Milan. Periodically during the trip, the players and coaches will provide updates on their adventure.
The Yale gymnastics team delivered one of its best performances of the 2018 season Saturday, as a team score of 194.650 resulted in the competition title. The score is fifth in the school record books. The 2018 team will go down in Yale history as the first to score above a 194 for five meets in a season. The Bulldogs edged out Bridgeport Purple Knights (194.275), Brown (192.600) and Centenary (190.000).
The Bulldogs team race group completed their second weekend of sailing this weekend at the Graham Hall hosted by the Naval Academy. After a week of spring break training and weekend off to practice against the alumni, the team came back to the game hoping to see how well they would fare against other top teams after a week of intense training. They were met in Maryland with decent wind from a variable, but not incredible shifty direction. Saturdays racing was done in a much less stable wind, while Sunday saw steadier conditions.
PEBBLE BEACH, Calif.-- As day one comes to a close, the Yale women's golf team currently sits in 7th place out of 20 teams with a score of 310. Leading the team is senior Jennifer Peng in T8th with a score of 74 (+3).
The Yale women’s basketball team will look to keep its historic season going Tuesday night, facing Binghamton in the quarterfinals of the Women’s Basketball Invitational (7:00 p.m., ESPN3, WNBF). The winner of Tuesday’s game will advance to the semifinals and play the winner of the Furman-South Alabama matchup. Yale needs one more win to match the school record for victories in a season. The Bulldogs advanced to Tuesday’s game by winning at Northeastern in the first round last Thursday, the school’s first win in a national postseason tournament.
The Yale women’s lacrosse team is off to its best start in 16 years -- 6-1. That hot streak will face a major challenge Tuesday afternoon, as No. 3 Boston College visits Reese Stadium (1:00 p.m., Ivy League Network). The Eagles are the highest-ranked opponent on Yale’s schedule, and are just a year removed from advancing to the NCAA Championship game.
Yale’s best performance of the season came at a very opportune time. First year Miranda Papes tossed a three-hit shutout as the Bulldogs closed out the opening weekend of Ivy League play with a 7-0 victory over Harvard at 5K Corral Field at DeWitt Family Stadium.
NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The Yale men’s track and field team began their outdoor season yesterday at the Ross and Sharon Irwin Collegiate Scoring Meet, hosted by Point Loma University in San Diego. The Bulldogs placed fifth of 12 teams, scoring 95 points. Navy won the meet with 224 points. In total, four Bulldogs were victorious in their events: Paedyn Gomes in the 110mH, Austin Laut in the pole vault, CJ McCord in the high jump and Vincent Vaughns in the 200m dash.
Yale’s week-long stay in Tennessee ended in style. The Bulldogs won five races on the final day of the Oak Ridge Invitational, including victories by the varsity eight, second varsity eight and varsity four.
The field is set for the 2018 NCAA Men’s Hockey East Regional at Bridgeport’s Webster Bank Arena next weekend, and four different conferences will be on display in the march to a national championship.
In a highly competitive league like the Ivy League, a handful of goals can sometimes make the difference in a season. At this time a year ago the Yale women’s lacrosse team was 0-2 in the league but had lost those games by a total of three goals. So far this season, that trend has been reversed -- and as a result the Bulldogs are 2-0 and in first place. The latest win came Saturday at Reese Stadium, 19-17 vs. Brown. With the victory, Yale is 6-1 overall and off to its best start since starting the 2002 season 7-1.
It was a special day for the Yale softball program as the 5K Corral Field at DeWitt Family Stadium was officially unveiled with a doubleheader against Harvard. The renovated facility features a state-of-the-art Field Turf playing surface. In addition, enhancements have been made to the bullpens, batting cages, outfield fence and dugouts.
The Yale men’s tennis team played the second match of its California trip on Saturday in a hard-fought clash with Gonzaga. Although the Bulldogs competed well in a match that featured multiple three-set singles matches, the opposition ultimately emerged with a 5-2 victory. Among the Elis’ top performers on Saturday was senior captain Stefan Doehler, who helped Yale clinch the doubles point and earned a straight-set win in doubles; Nathan Brown and Dylan King also excelled by winning at No. 2 doubles.
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Being the only swimmer for Yale at the NCAA Division I Championships, Heidi VanderWel competed in the 100-yard butterfly and the 100-yard backstroke. With this meet, she finished her final season as well as collegiate swimming career with strong performances, leaving no regrets behind.
Yale had the opportunity to test itself against some of the nation’s top crews right off the bat to open the spring season. And the Bulldogs more than held their own on the first day of the Oak Ridge Cardinal Invitational on Melton Lake in Tennessee. The second varsity eight and varsity four each earned victories, while the varsity eight had second-place finishes in each of its races.
The Yale men’s tennis team saw its seven-match win streak come to an end on Friday in a tough away defeat to UC Irvine. Contrary to what the final score of 4-1 might suggest, Friday’s clash was competitive across the board; however, an unfortunate break in doubles and a default in singles proved to be too much for the Bulldogs to overcome. Among the many positives on the day, Yale’s Fedor Andrienko won in straight sets at No. 5 singles to improve his record to an astounding 11-1 in his last twelve matches.
NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The Yale men’s track and field team will compete tomorrow at the Ross & Sharon Irwin Collegiate Scoring Meet, hosted by Point Loma University in San Diego. The Bulldogs have spent their first week of spring recess training together in California – enjoying the warmer conditions. Two weeks ago, the Elis concluded their indoor season at the IC4A Indoor Championships, following Indoor Heps, where they finished seventh. Tomorrow’s meet will kick off the outdoor season, which will culminate with the championship series of Outdoor Heps, IC4A’s, NCAA East Preliminaries and the NCAA National Championships.