February 23, 2006

Bulldogs In Fourth After First Day At Ivies

Feb. 23, 2006

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - After the first day of competition at the Ivy League Championships, the Yale women's swimming and diving team is in fourth place with 255 points. Highlights of the Bulldogs' performance included a new school record in the 400-yard medley relay final and a photo finish in the final of 50-yard freestyle.

Once again, juniors Meg Gill and Moira McCloskey stood out for the Bulldogs. Gill finished a strong second in the final of the 50-yard freestyle. Her time of 23.35 put her just 2 hundredths of as second behind Eileen Robinson of Brown.

"Meg's race was incredibly close," McCloskey said. "Nobody had any idea who had one until the times came up on the scoreboard."

McCloskey was a strong competitor in the final of the 200-yard individual medley. She finished fourth overall with a time of 2:04.07. It was her best time in the event for the season.

McCloskey also swam in the last event of day one, the 400-yard medley relay. The Yale team of McCloskey, Marilee Kiernan, Meg Gill and Alexis Mann finished third in the event behind Princeton and Harvard. Their time of 3:47.75 is a new Yale record.

"That's the third year in a row that we've broken that record," McCloskey said. "It was also great to be right there competing with Princeton and Harvard, who were both favorites going in."

The Bulldogs also had an impressive showing in the 500-yard freestyle, from rookies and veterans alike. Senior Megan Bailey and freshman Laura Strittmatter both qualified for the B final. Strittmatter finished third with a time of 5:00.20 and Bailey came in sixth in a time of 5:01.68. In the preliminaries for the event, Bailey swam a time of 5:00.33, which was almost five seconds faster than her best time this year.

Day two of the Ivy Championship begins tomorrow at 11 am at Harvard's Blodgett Pool. Complete Results are available at the meet website.

Report filed by Jamie Cordes '07, Yale Sports Publicity

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