Yale Finishes Third at Ivies

Feb. 17, 2007

PRINCETON, N.J. - After the final day of the Ivy League Championships, the Yale women's swimming and diving team finished in third place with 1122 points. During the final session, the Bulldogs set two more school records. Hosts Princeton won the meet with 1496 points, and Harvard finished in second with 1408.5 points.

As was the case with yesterday's events Yale's swimmers were on top form, swimming their fastest times of the season. But in three individual events on Saturday evening, Yale's swimmers were edged out by Harvard's and Princeton's.

Yale's first school record of the day came in the 200 yard breaststroke. Freshman Susan Kim, who narrowly missed out on breaking the Yale record for the 100 breaststroke Friday night, took the other long standing breastroke record away from Malindi Davies '98 Saturday. Kim's time of 2:15.89 comfortably beat one of the team's longest standing records, set at Ivy Championships in 199, and also qualified her for an NCAA B cut. But was narrowly beaten out by Princeton freshman Alicia Aemisegger.

Yale's two other second place finishes suitably came from two members of their senior class, swimming with their team for the last time Saturday. In the 200 yard backstroke, Moira McCloskey finished second in a time of 1:59.20, also qualifying for the NCAA B cut, but missing out on another Yale record by just a few hundredths of a second. Harvard's Lindsay Hart won the event and set a meet record with her time of 1:58.58.

In the next event, the 100 yard freestyle, captain Meg Gill finished in second place with a time of 50.53, behind Justina DiFazio of Princeton. Fellow Bulldog Jane Kim finsihed close behind Gill in third place, with a time of 50.71. The times of Gill and Kim also both qualified for the NCAA B cut.

Yale's second record of the day might not have come as a surprise. In the 400 yard freestyle relay, the Yale team of Jane Kim, Alexis Mann, McCloskey and Gill took first place with a new Yale record and NCAA B cut time of 3:23.16. The record gave Yale five new school records in all five relay events at the Ivy meet. It also means that Yale's senior class will graduate with at least one representative in each of the five school relay records.

Complete results from the Ivy Championship meet are available on the meet website.

Report filed by Jamie Cordes '07, Yale Sports Publicity

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