Yale Opens 2007 With Two Wins
Jan. 13, 2007
NEW HAVEN, Conn. - The Yale women's swimming and diving team recorded six individual and two relay wins in their victories over Cornell (238-62) and Navy (163-137) this weekend. Jane Kim led the charge with three first place finishes; Moira McCloskey and Meg Gill added two and one respectively.
The win over Cornell keeps the Bulldogs undefeated in Ivy League action, but it was the win over Navy that stands out. Navy's team was undefeated for the season before coming to the Robert Kiphuth Memorial Exhibtion pool Friday, but the hosts handed the squad from Annapolis their first loss of the season.
Navy got an early lead on Yale Friday night during the diving events. Navy diver Katie Griffin won both the 1 and 3 meter events. Yale's Marisa Poverman tallied valuable points though, finishing 3rd in the 1 meter event and 4th in the 3 meter dive.
Saturday afternoon's swimming session saw the Bulldogs turn the tide on Navy. In the first event, the 200 yard medley relay, McCloskey's blistering backstroke leg gave the Bulldogs a lead they would not relinquish, with Susan Kim, Andrea Clifford and Meg Gill completing the victorious quartet. Clifford was also a part of the Yale's first place 400 yard freestyle relay team which also featured Jane Kim, Chase Butler and Alexis Mann.
In the individual events, it was business as usual for Yale. For the second time this season, Jane Kim swept the board in her individual events. Kim won all events she entered, winning the 100, 200 and 500 yard freestyle events in addition to her second leg in Yale's winning 400 yard freestyle relay team.
McCloskey came close to matching that feat. She picked up wins in the 100 and 200 yard backstroke and finished third in the 200 yard inidividual medley. Gill gave Yale another crucial first place with her win in the 100 yard butterfly. Yale's senior captain also finished second behind Navy's Thuy-Mi Dinh in the 50 yard freestyle and third in the 100 yard freestyle.
Next Saturday, the Bulldogs will put their 2-0 Ivy record on the line against Penn and Dartmouth as they travel to Philadelphia.
Report filed by Jamie Cordes '07, Yale Sports Publicity