January 15, 2010

Bulldogs Take Unbeaten Streak into Philadelphia

Face Penn and Dartmouth in Tri-Meet

NEW HAVEN, Conn. - The Yale women's swimming and diving team is coming off a big win over Cornell last weekend, and will be looking to ride that momentum into Philadelphia on Saturday when they take on Penn and Dartmouth.  The Bulldogs will get to face the second of two teams that gave them a scare at last year's Ivy League Championships.  The Bulldogs took third at Ivies but had to hold off strong charges from Penn and Columbia on the final day.  Yale already defeated Columbia 199-101 to open the season, and it will now get a shot at Penn.

The Bulldogs made easy work of Cornell last weekend to open the year.  Senior Susan Kim and freshman Alex Forrester each won four events en route to a 207-93 victory.  Junior Ileana Lucos, sophomores Aibigail Nunn and Rachel Rosenberg and freshmen Molly Albrecht, Paige Menses and Joan Weaver also won events. 

The last time the Bulldogs faced Penn and Dartmouth in a dual, they handled Dartmouth easily by a score of 191-109.  Penn put up a fight, and the Bulldogs managed to only narrowly escape with a victory by a score of 152-148.  Yale won eight of the 16 events, claiming the 500- and 1000-yard freestyle, 100- and 200-yard breaststroke, 200-yard butterfly, 50-yard freestyle, one-meter diving and 100-backstroke.  The competition with Penn came down to the very end when Kim and Nunn took second and third in the 200-IM, securing enough points to stay out in first heading into the final relay.

The Bulldogs will need to win a number of events Saturday if they hope to hold off both Penn and Dartmouth.  They will be counting on victories from Kim, who remains undefeated in both breaststroke events this season, as well as Forrester who has only lost one individual race this season, despite swimming a number of different events.

The meet will take place at Penn on Saturday at 12 p.m.

Report filed by Charles Moore '10, Yale Sports Publicity

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