November 20, 2009

Bulldogs Open Strongly at Terrier Invitational

Yale Wins 400-yard Medley Relay, Second Overall

BOSTON, Mass. - The Bulldogs opened the Terrier invitational with a strong showing, taking second in most events and winning the 400-yard medley relay.  Boston University currently leads the invitational, with 240 points after claiming first place in most of the day's events.  The Bulldogs are right behind them in second with 221 points.

Morning Session

In the morning preliminaries, the Bulldogs managed to get multiple swimmers into each A final.  The morning got started with the 500-yard freestyle where freshman Joan Weaver and sophomore Abigail Nunn finished in second and fourth place, respectively.  They each earned a spot in the A final with Weaver finishing in a time of 4:59.45 and Nunn with a time of 5:00.35.  Juniors Annie Killian and Ileana Lucos earned places in the B and C finals, respectively.

Following the 500-yard freestyle was the 200-yard IM where sophomore Hayes Hyde and Nunn both earned spots in the A final.  Hyde finished in second place with a time of 2:08.45, just .35 seconds behind first place.  Nunn finished .01 seconds behind Hyde in third with a time of 2:08.46.  Yale also placed three swimmers in the B final.  Sophomore Athena Liao and freshmen Molly Albrecht and Monica Tung all made it into the night session.

The strongest showing of any Bulldog in the morning came from freshman Alex Forrester who took first in the 50-yard freestyle preliminary with a time of 23.12. Also earning a spot in the A final was freshman Cynthia Tsay who took sixth with a time of 23.81.  Junior Andrea Clifford and sophomore Emily Dominski both earned spots in the B final.

Night Session

The Bulldogs opened the night session with the 200-yard freestyle relay.  Forrester got Yale off to a strong start taking the lead by .66 seconds.  Tsay was able to keep up the momentum on the second leg, but Clifford and Dominski got overpowered in the third and fourth legs, respectively.  Yale finished in second behind BU with a time of 1:34.96.  Yale's B team came in 13th with a time of 1:41.51.  That team was comprised of Weaver, Hyde, Lucos and Liao.

In the first of the individual finals, Weaver took second in the 500-yard freestyle, narrowly missing out on first.  Her time of 4:57.93 was just a 1.59 seconds slower than Amanda Schmitz from BU.  Nunn also scored points for Yale taking sixth with a time of 5:00.91.  In the B final, Killian took eighth for 16th overall with a time of 5:16.47.  Lucos also scored points taking 21st overall with a time of 5:10.97.

The Bulldogs had two swimmers in the 200-yard IM final.  Hyde took fifth for the Bulldogs with a time of 2:08.21.  Nunn who was swimming in back-to-back events took seventh with a time of 2:11.07.  Liao and Tung competed in the B final taking 10th and 13th overall, respectively. 

In the 50-yard freestyle, Forrester could not maintain her lead from the morning and took second to Maria McIntyre from BU by .04 seconds. Forrester's time was 23.04.  Tsay also competed in the A final taking seventh with a time of 24.08.  In the B final, Emily Dominski swam a time of 23.76 for ninth overall.  She would have placed seventh in the A final.  Clifford took 16th overall with a time of 24.51.

The final event of the day was also the Bulldogs only victory.  Yale took first in the 400-yard medley relay.  Dominski got things started for the Bulldogs and she was followed by junior Susan Kim, Forrester, and Tsay.  Yale finished the race in a time of 3:46.40.  Yale's B team also performed excellently, taking fourth place with a time of 3:54.41

The Bulldogs will be back in the pool tomorrow morning for preliminaries in the 400-yard IM, 100-yard butterfly, 200-yard freestyle, 100-yard breaststroke and 100-yard backstroke.

Report filed by Charles Moore '10, Yale Sports Publicity