Feb. 3, 2007
PRINCETON, N.J. - Despite four second place finishes and winning the closing event of the meet, the Yale women's swimming and diving team couldn't keep up at H-Y-Ps. After Saturday afternoon's session at Princeton's DeNunzio Pool, the Bulldogs lost to the Tigers, 192-127 and to the Crimson 172-147. Princeton won the meet, topping Harvard 174-145.
After mixed fortunes Friday night, Yale's swimmers were on good form in today's second session, but couldn't keep up with strong squads from Princeton and Harvard, who won four events and three events respectively.
Yale didn't give up though; the Bulldogs rallied in the last event to claim another relay victory, this time in the 400 yard freestyle relay. After last night's win and new Yale record in the 200 yard medley relay, the quartet of Moira McCloskey, Meg Gill, Alexis Mann and Jane Kim almost set another record in today's 400 yard freestyle relay. The Yale 'A' four finished in 3:24.92, under half a second slower than the current Yale record, set in 2001.
Earlier in the session, McCloskey and Gill both claimed second place finishes. Gill finished behind Harvard's Bridget O'Connor in the 100 yard butterfly, while McCloskey came second in the 200 yard backstroke, just ahead of teammate Brenna Davis, whose time of 2:02.84 was good for third place.
Yale two other second place finishes came from their pair of freshman phenoms, Jane Kim and Susan Kim. Jane was once again beaten by Princeton's Justina DiFazio in the 100 yard freestyle, this time by 0.46 seconds. Susan finsihed second in the 200 yard breastsroke behind Harvard freshman Alicia Aemisegger.
The Bulldogs finish their dual meet season 8-2 (5-2 Ivy) and now have a fortnight break before concluding their season by splitting their squad. One half will be hoping for more success when they return to DeNunzio Pool for the Ivy League Championships, hosted by Princeton, while the other half will travel to Cambridge, MA to compete in the ECAC Championships.
Complete results from the H-Y-P meet are available at the meet website.
Report filed by Jamie Cordes '07, Yale Sports Publicity