Bulldogs Ready for Ivy Championships

Eva Fabian. (photo by Tom Lynam '13, Yale Sports Publicity)
Eva Fabian. (photo by Tom Lynam '13, Yale Sports Publicity)

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The Yale women's swimming and diving team is traveling to Providence, R.I., to compete in the 2014 Ivy League Women's Swimming and Diving Championships, which begin on Thursday.  In last year's meet, the Bulldogs finished in fourth place, a result that Yale is keen to improve on this year.

In last season's meet, Yale managed 1049 points, behind Princeton's 1474.5, Harvard's 1374 and Columbia's 1132.  The Bulldogs had a number of strong performances, including sophomore Eva Fabian, then a freshman, who finished first in the 1,650-yard and 1,000-yard freestyle events and second in the 500-yard freestyle. 

This year the Bulldogs have shown very impressive speed, with a number of freshmen making a big impact.  The Bulldogs have a 4-3 record at the completion of the dual season, beating Brown, Cornell, Dartmouth and Penn while falling to Columbia, Harvard and Princeton.  That record places them in a three-way tie for third place in the Ancient Eight, behind Columbia (7-0) and Harvard (6-1) and tied with Princeton and Cornell.  

As of late, however, the Bulldogs have really stepped up their game.  Yale is 5-2 in the 2014 calendar year, and is coming off an exciting 156-144 victory over Brown.  In that meet, Fabian finished first in both the 1000- and 500-yard freestyle events, two races that she has dominated this season.  She looks to take first in these events as well as the 1,650-yard free.  

Freshman Sydney Hirschi captured the 100- and 200-yard butterfly events against Brown and will be a threat in the butterfly and medley events.  Freshman Kina Zhou won the 50-yard freestyle against the Bears and has been excellent in the shorter freestyle distances all year—she looks to compete for first place in both the 50- and 100- and will be a strong contributor in relays.  Freshman diver Lilybet MacRae was excellent against brown, winning both the one- and three-meter diving events by wide margins.  She should be in contention for the top spot in both events.

A number of other Bulldogs will also be in the mix in their respective events.  Freshman Isla Hutchinson-Maddox has had a strong debut campaign competing in butterfly and distance freestyle events.  Sophomore Emma Smith will be a threat again in the individual medleys, events she had success at in last season's Ivy Championships.  Freshman Michelle Chintanaphol has been a force in the backstroke events and looks to continue that in Providence.  Sophomore Ali Stephens-Pickeral is Yale's top breaststroker and hopes to produce some strong performances in both the breaststroke and medley relay events.

Brown is hosting the Championships this year in its Katherine Moran Coleman Aquatics Center.  Competition starts on Thursday and continues through Saturday.  Preliminaries will start at 11 a.m. each day, with finals commencing at 6:00 p.m.

Video of Thursday's competition (day one) can be found here.

Video of Friday's competition (day two) can be found here.

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