Jan. 30, 2009
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - The women's swimming and diving team struggled on day one against Harvard and Princeton. On a day when Princeton won every event but the 50-yard freestyle, the Bulldogs are actually closer to Princeton then they are to Harvard on the scoreboard. Princeton leads Harvard 94.50-74.50, Harvard leads Yale 122-47, but the Bulldogs only trail Princeton 113-56. Princeton won all the events, but Harvard had the deeper team, more often than not, taking the next two or three positions before a Yale swimmer or a second Princeton swimmer would appear in the standings.
Yale's best shot at a victory came in the 200-yard breaststroke, where the always-strong junior Susan Kim missed out on first place by a mere three one-hundredths of a second. Courtney Kilkuts of Princeton won in a time of 1:03.26. Kim was just behind her at 1:03.29. Also placing highly for the Bulldogs was senior Marilee Kiernan, who came in third with a time of 1:05.22.
The Bulldogs managed to pick up another second-place in one-meter diving. Freshman Rachel Rosenberg turned in an impressive performance, scoring 260.65 points. The winner, Katie Giarra of Princeton, scored 299.10 points. Other Yale divers were junior Marisa J Poverman, freshman Elizabeth Andrekovich and senior Cameron Murphy, who finished in 12th, 13th and 15th, respectively.
The Bulldogs also put up strong showings in the 200-yard butterfly, 400-yard IM and 200-yard medley relay. In the butterfly, sophomore Ileana Lucos took fourth with a time of 2:00.56. She missed out on third place by .11 seconds. Freshman Hayes Hyde was just behind Lucos in sixth place, with a time of 2:03.40.
In the 400-yard IM, Kim again picked up points for the Bulldogs, helped along by freshman Abigail Nunn. Kim took fourth place with a time of 4:27.35. Nunn finished right behind Kim in fifth place, with a time of 4:28.22.
Yale had two teams place in the 200-yard medley relay. The `A' team came in fourth-place with a time of 1:47.09. That team included senior Brenna Davis, Kim, senior captain Aidan McKinlay and senior Alexis Mann. The `B' took sixth place with a time of 1:51.91. Competing for that team was sophomore Leslie Roberson, senior Marilee Kiernan, senior Blake Walsh and sophomore Angela Yu.
The meet will conclude Saturday, beginning at 12:00 p.m. The events will be the 100-yard freestyle, 200-yard backstroke, 200-yard breaststroke, 500-yard freestyle, 100-yard butterfly, three-meter diving, 200-yard IM and 400-yard freestyle relay.
The race can be followed live by clicking here. Harvard has instant results after every race, a live online scoreboard and live streaming video.
Report filed by Charles Moore '10, Yale Sports Publicity