February 2, 2014

Yale Wraps Up HYPs

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The 2014 HYP swimming meet wrapped up on Sunday, as the Yale women's swimming team finished up behind both Harvard and Princeton in the two-day meet.  The Bulldogs were outscored by the Crimson 195-105 and finished behind the Tigers 179-121.

Coming into day two of the meet, the Bulldogs faced sizeable deficits to both visiting teams.  The first event of the day, the one-meter diving competition, saw freshman Lilybet MacRae vault into first place with a 309.25, nearly 30 points ahead of her closest competitor. 

The first swimming event of the day was the 100 yard freestyle, in which Kina Zhou nearly picked up another win for the Bulldogs, as she finished in second place in 50.80 seconds, only .29 seconds off the winner.  MacKenzie Franklin was eighth in a time of 52.41 seconds.

The 200 yard backstroke was an extremely tight race, with only 1.1 seconds separating second and sixth.  Olivia Jameson was third in 2:02.36 and Michelle Chintanaphol was sixth in 2:03.34. 

The 200-yard breaststroke saw Ali Stephens-Pickeral finish in third place, touching in a time of 2:21.30.  Elizabeth Larsen was eighth in 2:25.27 and Angela Lee was ninth in 2:25.49.

The next event, the 500-yard freestyle, was probably the most exciting of the day.  Eva Fabian was slightly behind the Harvard swimmer as she made the final turn, pushing hard, she fought back to touch only .01 seconds behind the winner, finishing second in 4:52.06.  Isla Hutchinson-Maddox was fourth in 4:56.35.

Sydney Hirschi was fourth in the 100-yard butterfly, finishing in 56.07 seconds.  Kasey Mann was 10th in 56.67 seconds.

In the 200-yard IM, Zhou finished in first place in 2:05.27.  Emma Smith was third in 2:05.82, while Lee finished in ninth in 2:08.66.

The final race of the meet was the 400-yard freestyle relay.  Yale's "A" relay team of Jameson, Hirschi, Anna Wujciak and Zhou finished in third in 3:27.89.  While the final scores in the meet were not what the Bulldogs had hoped for, the future looks bright for the Bulldogs, both this year and in seasons to come. 

Coach Jim Henry was pleased with the Bulldogs' performances in the meet, saying, "The team continues to make progress and improvement as we aim for the Ivy Championships at the end of the month. The performances in the pool and on the boards were outstanding. The racing and engagement in competition by all was a great test for what we will face on February 20th."

"I am very proud of the what this team did in scoring more points at HYP since 2008," he added. "It was a great way to finish our last home meet for the senior class."

The Bulldogs will be back in action next weekend, when they travel to Providence to face off against the Brown Bears in their last regular season meet.

Report filed by Lyon Van Voorhis, Yale Sports Publicity   

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