Yale Heads to Ivy League Championships

Rebecca DeLaFuente. (photo by Tom Lynam '13, Yale Sports Publicity)

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The Bulldogs will look to make a splash this Thursday when they arrive at Harvard's Blodgett Pool for the 2012 Ivy League Women's Swimming and Diving Championships.  This will be the last meet that seniors Hayes Hyde, Athena Liao, Abigail Nunn and Rachel Rosenberg will compete in alongside the full Bulldog roster.  Hyde and Liao have qualified for U.S. Olympic Trials this summer, and Rosenberg has qualified for the NCAA Zone A Diving Championships on Mar. 9-11 in Buffalo, N.Y.  The rest of the squad will look to improve on the team's finish at Ivy's last year while individually going after either A- or B-cuts (view qualification standards here) to be eligible to compete at the 2012 NCAA Women's Swimming and Diving Championships held on Mar. 15–17 in Auburn, Ala.

Yale heads into this weekend tied with Dartmouth for fourth place in the Ivy League.  The Bulldogs ended up with a record of 3-4, with wins over Cornell, Dartmouth and Penn and losses to Brown, Columbia, Harvard and Princeton.  The big change in the order of things leading up to this meet has been Harvard snapping Princeton's 43-dual meet winning streak and moving up to the No. 1 spot on the third round of Collegeswimming.com Mid-Major rankings released earlier this month.  For the first time since 2006 Princeton will not arrive at Ivy's as the conference dual meet champion.

Last year Yale finished fifth at Ivy's with a total of 860 points over 21 events.  Princeton won the meet to make it the Tigers' 10th Ivy League title in the last 12 years.  Their point total was 1562, followed by Harvard with 1436.  Columbia (894) and Penn (888) were just out of reach of the Bulldogs.  Yale's big winner was Hyde, who brought in the Bulldogs' only first-place finish in the 200-yard butterfly, for which she garnered first-team All-Ivy honors.  Other standout performances came from Molly Albrecht, who earned four second-team All-Ivy selections for finishing second in the 500-yard freestyle, 200-yard backstroke and as part of two relays. Liao and Joan Weaver were both two-time second-team honorees, and Cynthia Tsay rounded out the list with second-team honors as part of the 800-yard freestyle relay.

Competition will begin Thursday, Feb. 23 and go through Saturday, Feb. 25.  Preliminaries will start each day at 11:00 a.m. and finals will be held at 6:00 p.m. in Harvard's Blodgett Pool.  A more detailed schedule of events, as well as a psych sheet and live results can all be accessed here.

All six sessions of Ivy's will be available to watch online.  A one-day pass is available for $14.95 and the entire meet for $24.95.  The live stream will have the PA system wired in so fans can hear the same commentary that spectators at Blodgett Pool are hearing.  The Harvard video portal is available here.

Report filed by Tom Lynam '13, Yale Sports Publicity

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