December 1, 2006

McCloskey Finals Again

Dec. 1, 2006

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Day two of the U.S. Open in West Lafayette was a case of more of the same for the Yale women's swimming team. Seniors Moira McCloskey and Meg Gill both won their preliminary heats, and McCloskey finished 7th in Friday evening's `B' final.

After yesterday's success in the 200 meter backstroke, McCloskey did it all again in the 100 meter backstroke. In the morning session, McCloskey won her heat (heat 3) in a time of 1:05.06, leaving her in 14th place overall in the event and earning her a spot in her second `B' final of the meet.

In the 100 meter backstroke `B' final, McCloskey faced Canada's Kelly Stefanyshyn for the third time in 36 hours, and once again the Yale senior standout couldn't keep up with Canada's Pan American Games gold medalist. McCloskey finished 7th in the `B' final in a time of 1:05.26.

In the 100 meter Butterfly Gill won heat 2 during the morning session by beating Tara Kirk by the narrow margin of 0.11 seconds. However, Gill's time of 1:04.01 in the heat was under half a second shy of the mark needed to qualify for the finals.

Tomorrow, as the rest of the Bulldogs compete at the Nutmeg Invitational, held at Kiphuth Exhibition Pool, McCloskey, Gill and Susan Kim will all compete in the final day of the U.S. Open. Complete Results from today's swimming are available on the USA Swimming website.

Report filed by Jamie Cordes '07, Yale Sports Publicity

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