Dec. 3, 2006
NEW HAVEN, Conn. - The Yale women's swimming team battled strong teams from Fordham, La Salle and Syracuse in the six remaining events of the Nutmeg Invitational Sunday morning. In the third session of the meet the Bulldogs had six top five finishes.
Caroline Dowd gave Yale two of those six top five finishes. Dowd added to her 2nd place in yesterday's 500 yard freestyle with another 2nd in the 1650 yard freestyle, but she wasn't far off from going one better. Her time of 17:20.41 was just shy of the winning time of 17:20.01, recorded by Fordham's Ashley Ukleja. Dowd also finished 4th in the 200 yard breaststroke.
In the 100 yard freestyle the Golden State duo of Jane Kim and Alexis Mann picked up where they left off yesterday in the 50 yard freestyle. Kim won the event in a time of 52.50 and Mann came in 4th in 53.76, adding to Kim and Mann's respective 1st and 2nd place finishes in Saturday's 50 free.
In the last event of the meet, Dowd, Mann, Kim and Sara Fracapane combined to give the Bulldogs their highest relay finish of the meet in the 400 yard freestyle relay. The quartet finished 3rd in a time of 3:38.26, just ahead of the Fordham team. That performance was punctuated by Kim's anchor leg. She swam her 100 yards of the relay in a time of 51.77, by far the fastest split in the event and faster than her winning time in the 100 yard freestyle event.
With the completion of the Nutmeg Invitational, the Bulldogs now have a winter break of over a month to train before the Ivy season kicks off in earnest. Yale's next meet will be at home, hosting Cornell and Navy on the 12th and 13th of January.
Report filed by Jamie Cordes '07, Yale Sports Publicity