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Incoming Freshmen Shine at National Meets

Michelle Chintanaphol. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)
Michelle Chintanaphol. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

NEW HAVEN, Conn.- Several of the Yale women's swimming and diving team's incoming freshmen have excelled at elite meets this summer. 

Maddie Zimmerman won the 50 and 100-meter butterfly events at YMCA Long Course Nationals in Indianapolis. She finished with a time of 28.00 in the 50 and 1:01.36 in the 100. Zimmerman swim eight events at the meet for the Upper Main Line YMCA of Berwyn, Penn. 

Zimmerman's future teammate, Amy Zhao, finished just behind her in the 50 butterfly, taking second with a time of 28.2. In addition, Zhao finished 13th in the 50-meter freestyle, 25th in the 100-meter butterfly, and 39th in the 100-meter freestyle. 

Cailley Silbert and Heidi VanderWel competed at USA Swimming's Speedo Junior National Championships in Irvine, Calif. Each swam in five events. Silbert swam for Cougar Aquatics of Montclair, N.J., and VanderWel for King Aquatic Club in Federal Way, Wash. 

Silbert's top finishes came in the long-distance freestyle races. She finished eighth in the 1500-meter freestyle with a time of 16:43.58, and 20th in the 800 with a time of 8:49.67. VanderWel had her greatest success in backstroke. She finished the 100-meter backstroke in 1:04.38, good for 26th place. She finished 51st in the 200 with a time of 2:20.12.

These meets and others are a valuable opportunity for the incoming freshmen to compete against the nation's fastest swimmers before they begin swimming for Yale this fall. 

Report by Josh Mandell '16