December 5, 2009

Bulldogs Defeat Vermont at Home

Improve to 3-0 in Duals

NEW HAVEN, Conn. - The Bulldogs defeated Vermont on Saturday to keep their unbeaten streak in dual meets alive.  Yale scored 209 points to Vermont's 74, and won every event but one.

The Bulldogs opened the day with a win in the 200-yard medley relay.  The team of sophomores Emily Dominski and Athena Liao and freshmen Alex Forrester and Cynthia Tsay, defeated Vermont with their time of 1:47.53.

The only event the Bulldogs lost was the 100-yard freestyle.  Kailey Gardner of Vermont took the event with a time of 10:21.26.  Closely behind her were two Bulldogs, freshman Abigail Nunn and junior Annie Killian.  Nunn took second with a time of 10:25.64 and Killian took third with a time of 10:28.51.

From there on out it was all Yale.  The Bulldogs finished one-two in the 200-yard freestyle.  The dominant Forrester took first with a time of 1:49.74.  Freshman Joan Weaver combined with Forrester to claim the top two spots.  Her time was 1:52.79.

The 100-yard backstroke again saw the Bulldogs finish with the top two spots.  Freshman Molly Albrecht and Dominski finished one-two, respectively.  Albrecht's time was 57.97 and Dominski's was 58.14.

With senior Susan Kim out for the day, Liao was tasked with winning the breaststroke events.  She stepped up to the task though and won both the 100-yard breaststroke and 200-yard breaststroke.  In the 100-yard event, she took first with a time of 1:06.62 and was the only Bulldog to finish in the top three.  The same was true for the 200-yard where she took first with a time of 2:23.14, but was the only Bulldog to place in the top three.

The first of the four events where the Bulldogs swept the top three spots was the 200-yard butterfly.  Sophomore Hayes Hyde claimed the top spot with at time of 2:04.52, narrowly beating out sophomore Ileana Lucos who finished with a time of 2:04.73.  Rounding out the top three was freshman Monica Tung with a time of 2:09.05.

In the always exciting 50-yard freestyle, Yale took the top two spots with Tsay and senior captain Andrea Clifford, finishing just .61 seconds apart.  Tsay touched the wall with a time of 24.28 with Clifford behind her in 24.89.

The Bulldogs also dominated the diving events, claiming the top four spots in both the one- and three-meter events.  In the one-meter diving, sophomore Rachel Rosenberg took first with a score of 255.60.  Freshman Paige Meneses took second with a score of 244.72.  Rounding out the top three was senior Marisa Poverman with a score of 232.95.  Sophomore Lisa Andrekovich took both but only three players can score or one team.  Her score was 223.19.  In the three-meter diving, The Bulldogs stayed in the same order but Andrekovich catapulted to the top with the highest score of the day of 270.30.  Rosenberg took second with a score of 269.55.  Meneses took third with a score of 264.67 and Poverman finished in fourth with a score of 228.59.

The Bulldogs also swept the 100-yard freestyle with Tsay, Dominski and Lucos claiming the top three spots.  Only .02 seconds separated Tsay and Dominski and only .07 seconds separated Lucos from Dominski.  Tsay's time was 53.32, Dominski's 53.34 and Lucos 53.41.

In the 200-yard backstroke, Albrecht took first with at time of 2:03.75.  Senior Jane Kim and Leslie Roberson also competed taking third and fourth, respectively.

Even though the Bulldogs couldn't capture the first of the distance freestyle events, they came back strong in the 500-yard freestyle.  Weaver took first with a time of 5:00.45, defeating Molly MacMillan of Vermont by over three seconds.

The third event that the Bulldogs swept was the 100-yard Butterfly.  Forrester won her second individual event of the day in a time of 55.11.  She was three seconds ahead of anyone else in the event.  Tung took second with a time of 58.66 and Lucos claimed third with a time of 59.89.

The final event the Bulldogs swept was the 200-yard IM, where Hyde, Liao, and junior Kristin Darwin dominated.  Hyde won the event with a time of 2:10.39.  Liao took second with a time of 2:13.25 and Darwin rounded out the top three in 2:15.10.

The final event of the day was the 800-yard freestyle relay where the team of Albrech, Weaver, Tsay and Forrester took first.  They finished in a time of 7:33.04.

The Bulldogs will take some time off for winter break before getting back into the pool to race Cornell at home on Jan. 10

Report filed by Charles Moore '10, Yale Sports Publicity