Bulldogs Take Down Ivy Foes

Joan Weaver. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)
Joan Weaver. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

Remain Undefeated in Duals and Ivy League

PHILADELPHIA, Pa. - The Bulldogs came into Philadelphia undefeated in the Ivy League, and they leave exactly the same way.  Yale faced Penn and Dartmouth, but neither managed to put up much of a fight.  The Bulldogs defeated the Quakers by a score of 204.5-95.5 and the Big Green by a score of 234-66.  The Bulldogs won the first 13 swimming events of the meet, only falling in the final 400-yard freestyle relay.  Overall, Yale won 13 out of 16 events, as Dartmouth managed to claim both diving events.  The Bulldogs improved to 6-0 in dual meets and 4-0 in the Ivy League.

The Bulldogs opened the meet strongly with a victory in the 200-yard medley relay.  The team of freshman Molly Albrecht, junior Susan Kim, freshman Alex Forrester and freshman Cynthia Tsay won the event in a time of 1:46.38.  They defeated Penn's A team by 2.16 seconds.

Freshman Joan Weaver and sophomore Abigail Nunn finished one-two in the 1000-yard freestyle.  Weaver won the event by almost four seconds, but Nunn had to fight to inch out second.  She defeated Blair Webb of Penn by only 0.02 seconds.  Junior Annie Killian and freshman Margaret Brown took fourth and fifth, as Yale took four out of the top five spots in the event.

Forrester won three individual events on the day.  In the 200-yard freestyle, she took first over Stephanie Nerby and Andrea Balint of Penn by 4.34 seconds.  Her time was 1:49.59.  She also dominated the 50-yard freestyle event, taking first by 0.79 seconds, when the next four swimmers were only separated by 0.51 seconds.  Her time in that event was 23.56.  To finish out her day, she won the 100-yard freestyle with a time of 51.22.

Kim also put up another dominant performance, winning three individual events.  Kim won the 100-yard breaststroke with a time of 1:02.47.  In the 200-yard breaststroke, Kim won by a staggering 8.46 seconds.  Her time was 2:12.17, while sophomore Athena Liao was in second at 2:20.63.  Kim's final victory of the day came in the 200-yard IM, where she defeated Ballint of Penn with a time of 2:05.90.

Albrecht took first in the 100-yard backstroke with a time of 58.23.  She was joined at the top by Tsay as the only two swimmers to finish under one minute in the event.  Albrecht also took the 200-yard backstroke event with a time of 2:04.24, where Tsay was once again right behind her at 2:06.70.

The Bulldogs swept the 200-yard butterfly as sophomore Ileana Lucos, freshman Monica Tung, and sophomore Hayes Hyde took first, second and third, respectively.  Lucos finished with a time of 2:05.34.  Tung and Hyde were closely behind her with times of 2:05.44 and 2:05.60, respectively.

In the 100-yard butterfly, it was Hyde's turn to take the top spot.  She finished with a time of 57.93.  Tung took second with a time of 58.52 and Lucos took fourth.

Weaver won her second distance event of the day when she took the 500-yard freestyle.  Her time was 5:01.42.

The Bulldogs could not win either diving event, but they took second and third in both cases.  In the one-meter diving, freshman Paige Menses took second with a score of 245.50 and sophomore Rachel Rosenberg took third with a score of 238.45.  In the three-meter diving, it was once again Menses and Rosenberg taking second and third.  They finished with scores of 258.85 and 246.96, respectively.

The Bulldogs will face Navy on Jan. 23, as they take a break from Ivy League competition.

Report filed by Charles Moore '10, Yale Sports Publicity