Yale Has Nine Named To All-Ivy Teams
NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The All-Ivy Swimming and Diving Teams were announced on Wednesday, with Yale boasting four All-Ivy First Team recipients (in five events), more than any other school in the league. Yale also tied for the most individual All-Ivy Second Team recipients in the league with five and had a relay team earn Second Team honors as well.
The All-Ivy designation is awarded based on performance at the Ivy League Championship meet, which took place from Feb. 20 to Feb. 22. The meet was one of Yale's best of the season, as the Bulldogs finished third in the meet, behind Harvard and Princeton.
Sophomore Eva Fabian had a phenomenal meet, tying with Princeton's Lisa Boyce for High Point Swimmer of the Meet. She was named to the All-Ivy first team in both the 500-yard freestyle and the 1,650-yard freestyle events. She also received All-Ivy Second Team honors in the 1,000-yard freestyle.
Freshman diver Lilybet MacRae also scooped her fair share of hardware, winning High Point Diver of the Meet. She was also named to the All-Ivy First Team in the one-meter diving competition, which she won by more than 20 points, and to the All-Ivy Second Team in the three-meter diving competition.
After finishing fifth in the 400-yard individual medley at last year's Ivy Championships, sophomore Emma Smith won this year's event while setting a pool record. For her excellent performance, Smith received All-Ivy First Team honors.
Freshman Sydney Hirschi was Yale's fourth All-Ivy First Teamer, winning the 200-yard butterfly convincingly to capture the All-Ivy First Team honors in that event.
Joining Fabian and MacRae on the All-Ivy Second Team were two more freshmen and a sophomore. Freshman Kina Zhou received Second Team honors in the 200-yard freestyle, finishing only behind Penn's Shelby Fortin, who set a meet record in her win. Zhou also finished third in both the 50- and 100-yard freestyles.
Sophomore Casey Lincoln completed a one-two finish for Yale in the 1,650-yard freestyle, as she finished second only to Fabian and received an All-Ivy Second Team honor. Lincoln had finished third in the event at last season's meet.
Yale's final individual All-Ivy winner was freshman Michelle Chintanaphol, who finished second in the 200-yard backstroke to win All-Ivy Second Team recognition in the event.
The 800-yard freestyle relay team of Fabian, freshman Olivia Jameson, freshman Anna Wujciak and Zhou also recieved All-Ivy Second Team honors, crushing the Yale school record in the event by over three seconds.
Robert J.H. Kiphuth Head Coach Jim Henry was very pleased with the results, commenting that it was Yale's best showing on the All-Ivy teams in recent years. With this much young talent, the future figures to be bright for the Yale Women's Swimming and Diving Team.
Report filed by Lyon Van Voorhis '15, Yale Sports Publicity