Bulldogs to Compete at Terrier Invitational

Dual with SCSU on Nov. 23 

NEW HAVEN, Conn. - After a big win to open the season at Columbia, the Bulldogs will look to keep the momentum rolling into Boston this weekend.  The Bulldogs will head to Boston University to compete in the Terrier Invitational.  Unlike the typical dual meet format, the Terrier Invitational is a three-day, championship-style meet with preliminaries in the morning and finals in the afternoon.  The meet will take place Nov. 20-22.

Last year, the Bulldogs took ninth at the Terrier Invitational.  Yale only sent eight swimmers to the event, making them underrepresented and unable to score points in many events, including diving where they sent no one.  The Bulldogs also had a meet against SCSU and choose to swim most of their swimmers there.  At the Terrier, Sara Fracapane '09 and sophomore Athena Liao were the story of the meet.  Fracapane scored points in the 1650-yard freestyle and Liao competed in the B final of the 200-yard breaststroke where she took ninth overall.  Liao also scored points in the 100-yard breaststroke.  The Bulldogs relay teams also scored points taking 15th in the 400-yard freestyle relay, 14th in the 400-yard medley relay, 15th in the 200-yard medley relay and 15th in the 800-yard freestyle relay.

The Bulldogs will be sending their strongest team possible to the Terrier this year, including a full team of divers.  Competing for the Bulldogs will be seniors Andrea Clifford, Laura Grigereit and Susan Kim, juniors Kristin Darwin and Annie Killian, sophomores Caroline Dewing, Emily Dominski, Hayes Hyde, Athena Liao, Ileana Lucos, and Abigail Nunn and freshmen Molly Albrecht, Margaret Brown, Alex Forrester, Cynthia Tsay, Monica Tung and Joan Weaver.  The Bulldogs will also be sending all four of their divers, including senior Marisa Poverman, sophomores Elizabeth Andrekovich and Rachel Rosenberg and freshman Eileen Meneses.

The team of 21 Bulldogs will be facing stiff competition this weekend as eight schools will gather in Boston's competition pool.  Joining Yale will be Boston College, Boston University, Central Connecticut State, Maine, New Hampshire, Northeastern and UMass. 

The men's and women's meets will be run simultaneously, alternating events between genders.  The order of events will be 200-yard freestyle relay, 500-yard freestyle, 200-yard IM, 50-yard freestyle, 400-yard medley relay, 200-yard medley relay, 400-yard IM, 100-yard butterfly, 200-yard freestyle, 100-yard breaststroke, 100-yard backstroke, 800-yard freestyle, 1650-yard freestyle, 200-yard backstroke, 100-yard freestyle, 200-yard breaststroke, 200-yard butterfly and 400-yard freestyle relay.

Yale is coming off a big win against Columbia which saw Yale win 14 events and break five pool records.  Forrester and Kim were the stars of the meet, with Forrester winning four events and Kim winning three.  Albrecht, Dominski, Nunn, Tsay, Tung, and Weaver also won events.  Andrekovich, Meneses, Poverman and Rosenberg dominated the diving, claiming the top three spots in both the one- and three-meter events, with Rosenberg winning both.

There will be a quick turnaround for the Bulldogs who will compete in a dual meet against SCSU on Monday, Nov. 23.  The majority of the load will be carried by swimmers not competing at Boston, but there will be some swimmers doing double duty.

Last year, the Bulldogs dominated the meet, winning 178-117.  The Bulldogs won 10 of the 16 events in the meet basically only losing to SCSU's Kristen Frost.  Frost transferred to SCSU from Georgia her freshman year and won all three individual events she entered in the meet.  The Bulldogs will not have to contend with Frost this year though since she graduated in 2009.  SCSU comes into the meet with a 3-2 record, having defeated the College of Saint Rose, Sacred Heart and Long Island University C.W. Post.  They also lost to Central Connecticut State and the College of New Jersey.

The Bulldogs will open at the Terrier the morning of Nov. 20.

Report filed by Charles Moore '10, Yale Sports Publicity

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