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Yale Defeats Brown in Regular Season Finale

Yale Defeats Brown in Regular Season Finale

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The Yale women's swimming and diving team won its final regular season meet on Saturday, traveling to Providence, R.I., to defeat Brown by a score of 156-144.  Following the come-from-behind victory over the Bears, the Bulldogs can look ahead towards the Ivy League Championship meet in two weeks.

The day started off with the 400-yard medley relay.  Yale's "A" team of Michelle Chintanaphol, MacKenzie Franklin, Sydney Hirschi and Ali Stephens-Pickeral finished second in a time of 3:50.47.  

Eva Fabian took first place in the 1000-yard freestyle, an event she has dominating this year, touching in 10:04.07.  Casey Lincoln was third in 10:10.08. 

Fabian's win was followed by the 200-yard freestyle.  Kina Zhou finished second in 1:50.61, followed by Franklin in third with a 1:52.47 and Anna Wujciak in fourth with a 1:53.15. 

The 100-yard backstroke was the next event.  Chintanaphol continued Yale's string of second-place finishes, touching in 58.13 seconds.  Olivia Jameson was fourth in 58.71.

Up next was the 100-yard breaststroke.  Stephens-Pickeral was third in 1:06.24. Angela Lee was fifth in 1:08.34 and Yale captain Chelsea Dunlap was sixth in 1:09.31.

Hirschi picked up Yale's first win in a while in the 200-yard butterfly, pacing the field in a time of 2:01.27.  Isla Hutchinson-Maddox finished second in 2:02.17 to help the Bulldogs go one-two. 

Zhou has been excellent in the sprint freestyle events this season and turned in another stellar performance today, winning the 50-yard free in 23.61 seconds.  She also finished first in the 100-yard freestyle in a time of 50.35.  Franklin was second in 52.07. 

Chintanaphol finished second in the 200-yard backstroke, posting a time of 2:02.83.  Jameson was third 2:03.18.

In the 200-yard breaststroke, Stephens-Pickeral was second in a 2:21.39, followed by Lee in third with a 2:24.45. 

Fabian won again in the 500-yard freestyle, touching first in a time of 4:55.33.  Jameson was third in 5:02.09, just ahead of Lincoln in 5:02.29.

Hirschi doubled up in the butterfly events, winning the 100-yard butterfly n 55.54 seconds.  Hutchinson-Maddox was fourth in 57.04 seconds, followed by Kasey Mann in fifth with 57.47.

In the next event, the 200-yard IM, Chintanaphol was third in a time of 2:08.00.  Emma Smith was right behind her in fourth in 2:08.24. 

The final swimming event on the day was the 400-yard freestyle relay.  Yale's all-freshman "A" relay team of Franklin, Hirschi, Zhou and Wujciak finished in first in 3:25.36.

Freshman Lilybet MacRae has dominated the diving events all season and continued that trend this afternoon, finishing first in both events.  In the one-meter event, she scored a 308.63, forty points clear of second place.  Olivia Grinker and Kelly Sherman tied in third with matching scores of 256.27.  In the three-meter, MacRae scored even higher, posting a 311.10.  Sherman was third in a 259.05 and Grinker was fifth in 243.76.

Robert J.H. Kiphuth Head Coach Jim Henry was pleased with his team's performance, saying, "It was a great meet between two teams who raced tough in every event. I am proud that the team found a way to win again despite being behind early in the meet. We gained needed experience in the pool that we will be at our best 12 days from now at the Ivy Championships."

The Bulldogs are off for the next two weeks until they return to Providence for the 2014 Ivy League Championship meet, which takes place from Feb. 20 to Feb 22. 

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