COLUMBUS, Ohio--The Yale women's swimming and diving team wrapped up the Ohio State Invitational with a fourth-place team finish of ten teams total, pulling ahead of Iowa in the third day of competition to finish with 385 points. Ahead of Yale, Stanford finished first in the team rankings with 1080 points, Kentucky was second with 615 points and Ohio State was third with 609 points. Behind Yale, in sixth through tenth place, was Iowa (375), Pittsburgh (342), Utah (279), Penn State (198.5), Washington State (147.5) and Kenyon (15).
"We had a great meet against some of the top swimmers in the NCAA. The [Yale] team improved with each session and finished with our strongest performances on the last day," said Robert J.H. Kiphuth Head Coach of Women's Swimming and Diving, Jim Henry.
The third day of competition included a relay, a distance freestyle event, a sprint freestyle event and multiple 200-yard stroke events, all of which are strong races for the Bulldog squad.
In the 1650-yard freestyle, junior Cailley Silbert took fifth place with a final time of 16:19.95, an NCAA "B" qualifying time. Freshman Kendall Brent took 17th place with a final time of 16:47.54 and Danielle Liu took 22nd with a final time of 17:02.49.
Destiny Nelson pulled out another good performance in the 200-yard backstroke, finishing in tenth place with 1:56.27, her third NCAA "B" qualifying time in an individual event at this meet. She also set a Yale school record, her third individual record this weekend; she beat the old record of 1:56.72 set in 2011 by Molly Albrecht '13. Fellow bulldogs Heidi VanderWel and Olivia Jameson finished in 13th and 15th place with 1:57.97 and 1:59.34, respectively. VanderWel's swim was an NCAA "B" qualifying time. Michelle Chintanaphol, Elizabeth Felix, and Kate Rogers rounded out the Bulldogs representation in the "C" final of that event.
Senior sprinter Kina Zhou grabbed a sixth place finish in the 100-yard freestyle with a final time of 49.79, another NCAA "B" qualifying time. Lili Margitai took 20th with a final time of 51.01 and Cassidy Richards took 25th with a 51.36.
Breaststroke duo Pauline Kaminski and Charlotte O'Leary represented the Bulldogs in the "B" final of the 200-yard breaststroke. Kaminski finished in 11th place with a season-best time of 2:14.76. O'Leary finished right behind her in 12th place, also with a season-best time of 2:15.07. Ashley Pales finished in 32nd place with 2:20.15.
In the final individual event of the meet, the 200-yard butterfly, two Bulldogs earned top-10 finishes: Sydney Hirschi was fourth with a final time of 1:58.52 and Sophie Fontaine was sixth with a final time of 1:59.19. Both women earned NCAA "B" qualifying times. Isla Hutchinson-Maddox competed in the "B" final and finished in 16th place with a final time of 2:01.04. Maddy Zimmerman, Beatrix Thompson and Carrie Heilbrun rounded out the "C" and "D" finals for the Bulldogs.
To finish out the meet, the Bulldogs "A" squad of Margitai, Fontaine, Isabella Hindley, and Zhou finished in fourth place in the 400-yard freestyle relay in 3:20.06. The "B" squad of Rogers, Richards, Liu and Jameson took 4th with a final time of 3:24.74 to pull in a final few points for the Bulldogs.
Coach Henry emphasized that the meet was a valuable experience with the invitational format that will work to the Bulldogs advantage at the end of the season at the Ivy League Championships and the NCAA Division I National Championships.
"We are all excited about the second half of the season," Henry said.
The Bulldogs will now part for the Thanksgiving break. They will return for a dual meet and a tri meet in early December and then take their one-week winter training trip to Florida during the winter break.
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Report filed by Emma Smith, YSPH '17, Yale Sports Publicity