Bulldogs Defeat Calvin, Cornell and Florida International

Charlotte O'Leary '20
Charlotte O'Leary '20

NORTH MIAMI, Fla.—The Yale women's swimming and diving team started off their annual winter training trip with a quad meet against Calvin College, Cornell and Florida International University.  The Bulldogs defeated all three teams: 251-46 against Calvin College, 235-64 against Cornell and 222-77 against Florida International.  The meet was a good chance for the Bulldogs to get back into racing, as they will have a full schedule of competition in January and February after they return from the training trip. 


The competition started off strong with the 200-yard medley relay.  The Yale "A" squad of Heidi VanderWel, Charlotte O'Leary, Maddy Zimmerman and Kina Zhou took first place in 1:42.67, about two seconds ahead of their Florida International competitors.  The "B" squad of Jacquelyn Du, Pauline Kaminski, Lili Margitai and Isabella Hindley was right behind in third place. 


In both of the distance events, Yale duo Cailley Silbert and Kendall Brent took the top two places.  Silbert won the 1000-yard freestyle in 10:08.91 and Brent was second in 10:11.48.  In the 500-yard freestyle, Brent took the win with a final time of 5:00.55; Silbert was not far behind in 5:02.31.


Hindley and Zhou also secured wins in the 50-yard and 100-yard freestyle events, bringing in extra points for the Bulldogs.  Hindley's final time was 23.26 in the 50-yard event and Zhou's final time in the 100-yard event was 51.41. 


The Bulldogs dominated the competition in the stroke events.  In the 200-yard butterfly, Sydney Hirschi led the pack with a final time of 2:03.56, closely followed by Bebe Thompson, Carrie Helibrun and Isla Hutchinson-Maddox in second through fourth places, respectively.  In the 200-yard backstroke, Nelson led the field with a final time of 2:03.00.  Michelle Chintanaphol, Olivia Jameson and Lilla Felix secured third through fifth places, respectively.  Freshman O'Leary and sophomore Kaminski took 1-2 in the 200-yard breaststroke, with final times of 2:20.94 and 2:23.37, respectively. 


O'Leary and Kaminski also had strong performances in the 100-yard breaststroke; O'Leary won the event in 1:03.46 and Kaminski was third in 1:05.75. 


Junior VanderWel followed up her relay victory with an individual victory in the 100-yard backstroke with a final time of 56.23, nearly a full second ahead of her Florida International competitor. 


Zimmerman and Margitai, also followed up on medley relay success with their performances in the 100-yard butterfly.  Zimmerman won the event in 55.76 and Margitai was third in 56.30. 


In the final individual event of the evening, the 200-yard individual medley, Nelson and Sophie Pilkinton grabbed the top two places in 2:06.31 and 2:07.27, respectively. 


The Bulldogs wrapped up the swimming portion of the competition with a victory in the 400-yard freestyle relay from the "A" squad of Zhou, Margitai, Sophie Fontaine and Hindley.  The "B" squad of Jameson, Kate Rogers, Danielle Liu and Thompson snuck into fourth place and the "C" squad of Zimmerman, Amy Zhao, Mackenzie Franklin and Cheryl Xiang took fifth place to round out the meet. 


In the diving events, the Bulldogs perfomed well, despite not having trained outside prior to competition.  In the 1-meter event, Talbott Paulsen won with a final score of 265.20, Lilybet MacRae was third with 247.85 and McKenna Tennant  was fifth with a final score of 241.80.  In the 3-meter event, Paulsen again took the win, with a final score of 259.30 points.  Tennant was third and MacRae was fifth with 251.70 and 232.00 points, repsectively.  
Head Diving Coach, Chris Bergere, reinforced his athletes successes, "The conditions for diving were not ideal, but we remained competitive."  


For the next week, the team will turn their focus to outdoor training and team bonding in Florida.  In early January, they will return to a full slate of competition, including a tri-meet against Ivy competitors Dartmouth and Penn on Jan. 7 and another tri-meet against Penn State and Rutgers, Jan. 13-14.


Stay up to date with the team during their training trip via Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.  Check the website for updates and information on upcoming meets in January and February as the team heads into the second half of the 2016-2017 collegiate season. 


Report filed by Emma Smith, YSPH '17, Yale Sports Publicity