Bulldogs Trailing After Day One at HYP

Paige Meneses. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)
Paige Meneses. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

PRINCETON, N.J. – The Bulldogs have their work cut out for them on Saturday as the Yale women's swimming and diving team trails Harvard and Princeton after the first day of competition at this weekend's HYP tri-meet.  After eight swimming events and one diving event Harvard leads Yale 115-35.  The margin is smaller against the Tigers, as Princeton leads Yale 97-53.  Yale's best finish of the night came from one of the team's divers, senior Paige Meneses, who won the three-meter event with a season-best score.  The one-meter event and the remaining swimming events will come on Saturday when the meet resumes at noon.

In the first event of the meet, the 200-yard medley relay, Yale's 'A' team was disqualified, but Eva Fabian got the Bulldogs on the board in the next event, the 1000-yard freestyle.  Fabian finished in third with a time of 9:51.42, better than her most recent time of 10:01.22 in the 1000-yard freestyle against Dartmouth and Penn.  Her best time for 1000 yards, however, was her first 1000 yards of the 1650-yard freestyle at the Brown Invitational in December, where she went out at 9:50.70.  Yale's other finishers in the 1000 on Friday night were Casey Lincoln in fifth (10:07.94), Molly Albrecht a split-second behind in sixth (10:07.95) and Emma Smith in seventh (10:09.15).

Emily Gudbranson was Yale's top finisher in the 200-yard freestyle, coming in at eighth place with a time of 1:52.16.  Cynthia Tsay was right behind in ninth place with a time of 1:52.45, followed by Callie Fosburgh in tenth place with a time of 1:53.79.

Albrecht posted the top time for the Bulldogs in the 100-yard backstroke, clocking in at 59.21 for eighth place.  Courtney Randolph was ninth (1:00.30), Michelle Huang was 10th (1:01.04) and Allison West was 11th (1:02.80).

In the 100-yard breaststroke Ali Stephens-Pickeral finished seventh with a time of 1:05.81.  Cassidy Lapp finished eighth with a time of 1:05.96.

Fabian's second event of the night was the 200-yard butterfly, where she finished in 2:07.84 for ninth place.

In one of the better finishes of the night Alexandra Forrester was third in the 50-yard freestyle.  With a time of 22.98, she was one of three swimmers to turn in a sub-23 time.  The Bulldogs had three other swimmers in the mix: Gudbranson finished in 24.35 for 11th place, Joan Weaver finished in 24.36 for 12th place and Lapp finished in 24.57 for 13th place.

The three-meter diving event was also held on Friday.  Meneses finished first with a score of 272.55, her best score of the season so far.  Olivia Grinker was fourth with a score of 243.40, and Kelly Sherman was sixth with a score of 241.00 points.

Friday ended with a 400-yard IM exhibition.  Angela Lee was Yale's lone entry, and she clocked in at 4:31.05 to come in as fifth-fastest swimmer in the event.

Racing tomorrow will kick off Saturday at 12:00 p.m. with the 100-yard freestyle.  The other events still to be contested are the 200-yard backstroke, 200-yard breaststroke, 500-yard freestyle, 100-yard butterfly, 200-yard IM, 400-yard freestyle relay and the one-meter diving event.  Live results are available here.

Report filed by Tom Lynam '13, Yale Sports Publicity