Women’s Swim and Dive Travels to Ohio, Vermont

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

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – This weekend the Yale women's swimming and diving team hopes to divide and conquer as six swimmers head to the AT&T Short Course National Championships in Columbus, Ohio, while the rest of the swimmers and divers head to Burlington, Vt. for a dual meet against the University of Vermont.  These two meets will be the third and fourth of the season for the Bulldogs, following on a dual meet win over Columbia and a respectable fifth place finish at the Terrier Invitational.

The squad headed to Columbus, Ohio for Short Course Nationals includes sophomores Molly Albrecht, Alexandra Forrester and Joan Weaver; juniors Hayes Hyde and Athena Liao; and senior Ileana Lucos.

Racing will begin on Thursday morning at 9:00 a.m. with the heats of the 200 freestyle relay.  Here Yale is right in the middle of the pack with the 11th fastest seed time in a field of 23.  Next will be the 500 free, where Albrecht and Weaver will race for Yale, followed by Hyde in the 200 IM.  In the 50 free Forrester is seeded 11th out of 75 with a time of 22.66, with the number one seed is not far away at 22.04.  The last race of the day will be the 400 medley relay, where Yale is seeded 10th out of 26 relay teams.

Kicking things off Friday will be the 200 medley relay, where Yale's seed time from the 400 medley relay earns them another 10th place seed in a field of 26.  The second event of the day will be the 100 butterfly, where Forrester arrives with an impressive fifth fastest seed time in a field of 86.  Hyde is seeded 51st in the same event.  Next Weaver will swim the 200 free, followed by Liao in the 100-yard breaststroke. Albrecht will then represent Yale in the 100 backstroke, and finally the Bulldogs are seeded 13th in the last race of the day, the 800 free relay.

Saturday starts off with Albrecht in the 200-yard backstroke and Forrester in the 100 free.  Then Liao will swim the 200 breaststroke.  After that will be the 200 butterfly, where Yale has three swimmers scheduled to race.  Forrester is seeded fifth, Hyde 28th and Lucos 30th out of 77 total swimmers in the event.  Closing out the weekend will be the 400 freestyle relay, where Yale will be a team to watch in the number five seed.

While the Short Course Nationals crew finishes up racing on Saturday, the rest of the Bulldogs will be looking bring down the University of Vermont Catamounts.  Last year Yale hosted this matchup and won 209-74.  This year, however, with six of Bulldogs' strongest swimmers racing in the Midwest, the final score may very well look different. 

"It is a small but determined squad headed up to UVM," says assistant coach Toni Pullman, "looking to get up and race.  UVM has good distance and backstroke swimmers, and will definitely not be rolling over to let us walk in and take the win."

The Catamounts are 7-1 so far this season, so a win for the Bulldogs will have to come from strong showings in all events, including diving.

The dual meet against Vermont will begin at 12:00 p.m. on Dec. 4.

The AT&T Short Course National Championships will be held on Dec. 2-4 at The Ohio State University's Bill and Mae McCorkle Aquatics Pavilion in Columbus, Ohio.  More than 700 swimmers will be competing in 36 events over the span of three days.  In addition to other collegiate athletes the meet will feature everyone from the likes of high school age club swimmers to Olympic medalists Kara Lynn Joyce and Ryan Lochte.  Heats will start at 9:00 a.m. and finals will start at 5:00 p.m. each day.  Click here for more information and here to access results live.

Report filed by Yale Sports Publicity