STORRS, Conn.--The Yale women's swimming and diving team took on two local non-Ivy teams today in a tri-meet hosted by the University of Connecticut. The Bulldogs beat the University of Connecticut, 182-117 and Boston University, 210-89.
"It was a fantastic day of racing. To come away with two wins and five pool records is a great day," commented Jim Henry, the Robert J.H. Kiphuth Head Coach of Women's Swimming.
The five pool records came in the 200-yard medley relay, the 50-yard freestyle, the 100-yard butterfly, the 100-yard freestyle, and the 400-yard freestyle relay, showing the team's increasing strength and depth in the sprint events this season.
The record-breaking 200-yard medley got the team off to a strong start. The "A" squad of Isabella Hindley, Kina Zhou, Lili Margitai and Kate Rogers finished with a final time of 1:44.13. The Yale "B" squad of Jacquelyn Du, Charlotte O'Leary, Maddy Zimmerman and Danielle Liu grabbed a second place finish with a final time of 1:46.48.
Freshman Kendall Brent kept the momentum going with a victory in the 1000-yard freestyle, taking the win with a final time of 10:14.97. Olivia Jameson took fifth with a final time of 10:33.23. In the other distance freestyle event, the 500-yard freestyle, Cailley Silbert was victorious in 5:01.05 and Liu was not far behind in third with a time of 5:04.49.
In the 200-yard freestyle, freshman Beatrix Thompson was narrowly out touched by a competitor from Connecticut, taking second place in 1:54.55. Junior Rogers snuck into sixth place in 1:55.99.
Bulldog underclassmen dominated the next two events, the 100-yard backstroke and the 100-yard breaststroke. Sophie Fontaine and Margitiai took third and fourth in 58.52 and 59.02, respectively, in the backstroke event. In the breaststroke, O'Leary led a 1-2-3 sweep in 1:04.42, followed by Destiny Nelson in 1:06.00 and Ashley Pales in 1:07.29.
In the 200-yard butterfly, Zimmerman and Michelle Chintanaphol grabbed third and fourth place in 2:07.94 and 2:08.25, respectively.
The Bulldogs topped both of the sprint freestyle events. Hindley took the second pool record of the day in the 50-yard freestyle, where she finished nearly a full second ahead of her competitors. Her final time was 23.27. In the 100-yard freestyle, Liu was victorious, finishing in 52.12, also nearly a second ahead of her competitors. Jameson was fourth in 53.19.
The underclassmen again showed their prowess in the 200-yard backstroke and breaststroke events. Fontaine and Thompson took third and fourth place in the butterfly event and O'Leary won the breaststroke in 2:20.67, with Nelson right on her heels in 2:20.89.
The third pool record came from Zhou in the 100-yard butterfly; her final time of 55.26 was more than two full seconds ahead of the field. Thompson brought in a few extra points with a fourth place finish in 58.38.
In the last individual event of the day, the 200-yard individual medley, Margitai took home the win with a final time of 2:05.09, finishing more than three seconds ahead of her closest competitor from Boston University.
Rounding out the swimming portion of the competition, the Bulldogs got two pool records in the final event, the 400-yard freestyle relay. First, Hindley's lead-off time of 50.95 secured the 100-yard freestyle record. Then the "A" (Hindley, Zhou, Margitai, Jameson) squad's final time of 3:26.24 secured the relay pool record as well.
In the diving competition, Talbott Paulsen led the Bulldogs with a first place finish in the 3-meter event with a score of 305.15 points. Lilybet MacRae took third with 278.5 points and McKenna Tennant took sixth with 248.20 points. Paulsen also led the 1-meter event, taking the win in 277.95 points. MacRae was fifth in that event with 256.20 points.
All in all, the Bulldogs had a strong showing during what is typically a challenging part of the season.
"Our team objective is to own the month of December," said Assistant Coach Kerry Smith. "The women had a tough week of workouts and were able to compose themselves mentally and physically and stepped up to race Connecticut and Boston University with a lot of fire."
The team will have one more competition against Southern Connecticut State University on Dec. 8 before they head into the final exam period and winter break. At the end of December, the Bulldogs will gather in Florida for a training trip, where they will also contest their official Ivy dual meet against Cornell.
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Report filed by Emma Smith, YSPH '17, Yale Sports Publicity