November 24, 2008

Bulldogs Defeat Southern Connecticut State 178-117

Nov. 24, 2008

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NEW HAVEN, Conn. - The Yale women's swimming and diving team made the short journey to Southern Connecticut State University on Monday to take on the Owls. Yale came away the victor by a score of 178-117, improving on their 131-101 win from last year.

The Bulldogs split their team this weekend, with some swimmers heading to Boston to compete in the Terrier Invitational, and the others remaining behind in New Haven to train. The ones who stayed behind were treated to double practices and morning lifts and then expected to be ready to race Monday.

"Racing Southern Connecticut State has become a bit of a tradition," said junior Susan Kim. "We use it as an opportunity to see how we can perform, given how broken down our bodies are. We do not always get the opportunity to taper during the season, and this is an opportunity to get up and race, while tired and sore."

If the Bulldogs' problem against Columbia was not winning enough events, they won just six of 16 events, then they corrected that problem against SCSU by winning ten of 16.

The diving team started things off for the Bulldogs, with a pair of wins in the three-meter and one-meter diving events. The diving took place on the other side of New Haven at Yale's own Kiphuth Exhibition pool. Yale took a one-two-three sweep in the three-meter diving. Freshmen Rachel Rosenberg (278.03) and Elizabeth Andrekovich (257.55) finished in first and second place, respectively. Junior Marisa J Poverman (249.83) rounded out the top three for Yale, while senior Cameron Murphy (223.28) took fifth place.

In the one-meter diving, Yale took a one-two finish. Rosenberg (267.15) again took first place and was followed by Poverman (255.45). Andrekovich (215.25) and Murphy (213.08) took fourth and fifth, respectively.

The diver success carried over to the swimmers, who came out of the gates firing in the 200-yard medley relay with a one-two finish. The team of sophomore Kristin Darwin, junior Susan Kim, senior Aidan McKinlay and senior Alexis Mann won in a time of 1:51.81. Right behind the winners was the team of senior Emma Chapman, senior Marilee Kiernan, sophomore Ileana Lucos and freshman Erica Kao. They finished the race in a time of 1:55.25.

Yale would lose the next event, the 1000-yard freestyle, to SCSU's Kristen Frost. Frost, who transferred to SCSU from Georgia her freshman year, won all three individual events she entered. She also took the 200-yard butterfly and 500-yard freestyle.

Other than Frost's victories, it was all Yale. Nine different Bulldogs won events in the meet. The Bulldogs enjoyed a sweep in the 100-yard butterfly. The one-two-three finish was led by Kim with a time of 1:00.44. She was joined by Mann and Lucos, who finished in second and third, respectively. Mann swam a time of 1:00.69, while Lucos clocked a time of 1:03.02.

Sophomore Annie Killian won the 200-yard freestyle in a time of 1:58.59, edging out Cody Hall of SCSU by just .07 seconds.

Darwin brought home the 100-yard backstroke for Yale. She won the event in a time of 1:05.72, with her teammate Chapman right behind her in second place.

Freshman Hayes Hyde picked up her first individual collegiate victory in the 100-yard freestyle, with a time of 54.49.

Seniors Blake Walsh and Marilee Kiernan both picked up their first victories of the season. Walsh won the 200-yard backstroke in a time of 2:16.64, while Kiernan won the 200-yard breaststroke in a time of 2:28.05.

Yale's only other first place finish came in what was probably the most exciting event of the night for Yale. The Bulldogs swept the 50-yard freestyle. Mann won the event in a time of 24.84. The second and third place finishers were separated by only a hundredth of a second. Kao and junior Andrea Clifford finished with times of 25.62 and 25.63, respectively.

"Anytime you sweep an event it is a surprise and it is a great thing," said Kim. "Especially in the 50-yard freestyle, because it is such a short race and the finish is also so close. It was really exciting to watch."

The Bulldogs finished out the meet with two more wins that went into the books as disqualifications, due to the margin by which Yale was leading.

Yale will go on break for Thanksgiving and will return to action on Dec. 4 at the University of Virginia Invitational.

Report filed by Charles Moore '10, Yale Sports Publicity

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