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Bulldogs Fall to Lions in First Ivy Matchup

Eva Fabian. (photo courtesy of The Ivy League/Mark Wyville)
Eva Fabian. (photo courtesy of The Ivy League/Mark Wyville)

NEW YORK, N.Y. – The Yale women's swimming and diving team dropped its first Ivy League matchup of the season to Columbia.  Despite falling to the Lions, Yale's swimmers and divers had a number of strong performances, managing to win seven of sixteen events.  The final score was 185-115. 

Competition on Friday started with the three-meter diving event.  Freshmen Lilybet MacRae finished first, scoring an impressive 319.73 on her first dive in Ivy League competition.  Fellow freshman Olivia Loucks finished fourth with a 244.80.

The first swimming event of the day was the 200-yard medley relay, in which Yale's "A" relay team of Michelle Chintanaphol, Sydney Hirschi, Olivia Jameson and Ali Stephens-Pickeral finished third in a time of 1:46.75. 

Yale picked up its first victory of the day in the 1000-yard freestyle, as sophomore Eva Fabian delivered a time of 9:55.31.  Fabian, the defending Ivy League champion in the discipline, finished nearly ten seconds in front of her nearest competitor.

Kina Zhou finished second in the 200-yard freestyle, posting a time of 1:51.02.  The freshman led most of the race but was barely out touched at the wall by a Columbia swimmer.    Anna Wujciak finished fourth with a 1:52.84.

Hutchinson-Maddox won the 200-yard butterfly, pacing the field in a time of 2:00.72.  Hirschi was a close third, finishing in 2:01.34.

Zhou finished second in the 50-yard freestyle in 24.05.

In the next event, the one-meter dive, MacRae continued her sparkling performance, scoring a 316.20.  Sophomores Olivia Grinker (252.98) and Kelly Sherman (248.40) finished in third and fourth place, respectively.

Zhou was impressive in the 100-yard freestyle, notching a win in 52.13.  Wujciak finished fourth in 52.84.

Fabian struck again in the 500-yard freestyle, winning in a time of 4:54.24.  Hutchinson-Maddox was impressive as well, finishing fourth in 5:02.67 and sophomore Casey Lincoln was sixth in 5:04.42.

Hirschi was third in the 100-yard butterfly in 56.64. 

Emma Smith finished third in the 400-yard IM, finishing in a time of 4:25.32.

In the final event of the meet, the 400-yard freestyle relay, Yale put out an "A" relay team comprised Chintanaphol, Jameson, Wujciak and Zhou.  The all-freshman team finished an exciting race first in 3:28.02.  Down by nearly a second at the beginning of the final leg, Wujciak blazed past the Columbia swimmer, completing the final 100-yard leg in a blistering 50.99.

Though disappointed by the loss, Robert J.H. Kiphuth Head Coach Jim Henry noted a number of positives from Friday's meet.  "We got better as the meet went on. It was awesome to win the last event. There were some strong swims throughout the competition. We again showed improvement from our earlier meets. The divers were outstanding on both boards."

The team hopes to carry the lessons learned today on to future meets.  Coach Henry alluded to this following the competition, saying, "We remain focused on our goal of being at our best at Ivies and the NCAA Championships."

The Bulldogs are in action again on Friday Nov. 22, when they travel to Bridgeport to face off against the University of Bridgeport Knights.  The meet is scheduled to begin at 1:00 p.m.

Report filed by Lyon Van Voorhis '15, Yale Sports Publicity.