Bulldogs Head to UConn

Feb. 5, 2009

NEW HAVEN, Conn. - The Bulldogs head to Storrs, Conn., this weekend to face the UConn Huskies in what will be their final dual meet away from New Haven. The Bulldogs will be attempting to spoil the Huskies' senior day as they try to improve their dual meet record to 6-4. This will also be the Bulldogs' last non-conference meet. Their Ivy record currently stands at 3-2 after two losses in last weekend's HYP meet.

Last year, the Bulldogs faced the Huskies in their final home meet of the season, making sure not to disappoint the home crowd. Yale defeated UConn by a score of 164.5 to 133.5. The Bulldogs claimed nine of the 16 events, with a number of other top finishers.

The meet started off on a good note with Yale's `A' team winning the 200-yard medley relay in a time of 1:47.75. The team of sophomore Becca Stern, Caroline Dowd '08, junior Andrea Clifford and senior Alexis Mann earned the 11 points for the Bulldogs.

Sophomore Brittany Iacouzze and senior Laura Strittmatter picked up where the relay left off, by going one-two in the 1000-yard freestyle. Iacouzze finished in a time of 10:09.78 and Strittmatter clocked in at 10:13.21. The duo also took the top two spots in the 500-yard freestyle, with Iacouzze finishing in a time of 5:00.01 and Strittmatter in 5:01.19.

The Bulldogs saw another one-two finish in the 200-yard freestyle, with sophomore Ileana Lucos and sophomore Annie Killian claiming the top two spots. Lucos struck again claiming first in the 200-yard butterfly with a time of 2:06.32.

The Bulldogs swept the 50-yard freestyle, taking the top three spots for 16 points. Mann, Stern and Clifford finished in first, second and third, respectively. Mann and Stern also claimed the top two spots in the 100-yard freestyle, finishing in times of 53.00 and 53.33, respectively.

Yale's last two individual victories came in the 200-yard breaststroke and 100-yard butterfly. Junior Susan Kim took the top spot in the 200-yard breaststroke with a time of 2:18.52, and Clifford won the 100-yard butterfly in a time of 58.39.

The Bulldogs finished out the meet with a victory in the 400-yard freestyle relay that went unscored due to the lead that Yale had accumulated.

Yale hopes to rebound coming off of last week's defeat at the hands of Ivy rivals Harvard and Princeton. The Bulldogs lost to the Crimson by a score of 232-87 and the Tigers by a score of 209-110. The only event won by the Bulldogs was the 200-yard breaststroke, which Kim took over longtime rival Courtney Kilkuts of Princeton. Kim also missed out on winning the 100-yard breaststroke by a mere 0.3 seconds. But her time in the 100-yard breaststroke was good enough to claim the Yale all-time record for the event. The Bulldogs only managed a handful of other top-three finishes during the meet. Senior captain Aidan McKinlay took third in the 100-yard butterfly, freshman Rachel Rosenberg took second in the one-meter diving and senior Marilee Kiernan took third in the 100-yard breaststroke event. The Bulldogs will take to the pool at 1:00 p.m. this Saturday.

Report filed by Charles Moore '10, Yale Sports Publicity