Swimmers Excel in Bulldog Cup Competition

Oct. 24, 2006

NEW HAVEN, Conn. - The 2006 Bulldog Cup Yale Swimming Competition concluded Saturday at the Robert Kiphuth Exhibition Pool. Swimmers competed in four events against each other, accumulating points in each event. The women's team winner was freshman Jane Kim (374 points), while sophomore Alex Righi (346 points) won the men's event.

Less than a full month into practice, the teams have been averaging 6500 meters or more depending on training groups on single practice days, and 11,500 meters or more on double practice days. The meet offered a unique opportunity for the swimmers to not only compete against their teammates, but also for each swimmer to match his or her performance up against the vast history and tradition of Yale Swimming. Based on points scored, the men's and women's teams were also compared.

Jane Kim, the women's winner, recorded the highest point total in the history of the competition. In the other classes the top scores were Blake Walsh '09 (309 points), Laura Aronsson '08 (282 points) and Meg Gill '07 (321 points) for the women and Craig Steen '10 (287 points), Colin Stalnecker '08 (298 points) and Geof Zann '07 (295 points) for the men.

A total of 12 meet records were broken during the 2 day meet that was held over Parents Weekend on the Yale campus. For the women, 7 meet records were turned in and the men came in with 5. Alex Righi, Susan Kim and Jane Kim led the way. Jane's were in the 200 free and 200 IM, Susan's in the 100 and 200 Breast, and Alex's records were in the 50 Free, 100 Back and 100 Fly.

In the women's events, other records fell to two sophomores Sara Fracapane (1650 Free), Alexis Mann (50 Free) and to Senior Captain Meg Gill (100 Fly). In the men's events Senior Kent Garber (1650 Free) and Junior Colin Stalnecker (100 Breast) alse swam record times.

A number of the swims at the meet would have scored at last year's conference championships, an obviously shave and taper meet. This level of performance at this time of the year, during some of the team's hardest training, speaks well for the potential of the Yale Swimming and Diving men's and women's squads for the upcoming season.

Both teams open their dual meet season in two weeks time. The squad will split between meets at Fairfield University and Southern Connecticut University on Friday, November 3. The diving for both meets will be held at home on the same date. The two meets will give the full squad a chance to prepare for the home opener against Ivy opponent Columbia and for the three day University of Maryland Invitational. The Maryland meet follows a full three day NCAA championship format with trials and finals.

Report filed by Jamie Cordes '07, Yale Sports Publicity

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