January 10, 2013

Big Green and Quakers are Next Test for Bulldogs

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The Yale women's swimming and diving team will hit the road for the second time in one week as it travels to Philadelphia to race against Dartmouth and Penn.  Coming off a win against Cornell earlier this week the Bulldogs have a 2-0 record in dual meets thus far, and after Saturday they will have seen four of the seven teams they will see at the Ivy League Championships at the end of February. 

On Monday Yale won a dual meet against Cornell to kick off the New Year.  The Bulldogs split the diving events with the Big Red and won nearly all of the swimming events.  Yale set three pool records at Cornell's Teagle Hall Pool: first senior Cynthia Tsay, freshman Ali Stephens-Pickeral, senior Alexandra Forrester and sophomore Cassidy Lapp set the mark in the 200-yard medley relay, followed by freshman Eva Fabian who set records in the 1000-yard and 500-yard freestyle.

Yale has already raced against Dartmouth this season, at the Brown Invitational in early December.  After three days of racing in Providence the Bulldogs finished in second place with 802 points, and Dartmouth in fourth place with 538 points.  Penn, on the other hand, could be something of a mystery.  The Quakers are 2-2 with wins against Cornell and UConn and narrow losses to Columbia and Princeton.  Penn defeated Cornell as Yale did on Monday but the Quakers also lost to Columbia whom the Bulldogs defeated in their home opener.

At this meet last year the Bulldogs defeated the Quakers 161-138 and the Big Green 174-126.

This Saturday's meet should be an interesting one as all three teams went to Florida for a winter training trip.  The Bulldogs, however, are the only ones who have been tested since coming back to school and will carry what could be some critical momentum into this weekend.

The meet will take place Saturday, Jan. 12 at Penn's Sheerr Pool.  Diving will start at 10:00 a.m. and swimming will start at 12:00 p.m.

Report filed by Tom Lynam '13, Yale Sports Publicity

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