Swimmers Excel In Bulldog Cup Competition

Nov. 3, 2005

The 2005 Bulldog Cup Yale Swimming Competition concluded last night at the Robert Kiphuth Exhibition Pool. Only 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.

In the competition each swimmer competed in four events. 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.

The point winners of this year's competition were Junior Moira McCloskey (366 points) for the women and Freshman Alex Righi (354 points) for the men. Both of their point totals were the highest in the history of the competition. In the other classes the top scores were Blake Walsh '09 (347), Nicole Swaney '08 (318) and Megan Bailey '06 (306) for the women and Billy Rubenstein '08 (306), Andrew Foss '07 (320) and Kieran Locke '06 (303) for the men.

A total of 16 meet records were broken, over half of them on "Day 2" of the meet, which indicates that the team improved over the week that separated that day's events from those held the previous week. For the women, 7 meet records (3/4) were turned in and the men came in with 9 (4/5). Righi and McCloskey again led the way with three each. McCloskey's were in the 100 and 200 Back and 200 IM. Righi's records were in the 50 and 100 Free as well as the 100 Back.

In the women's events, other records fell to Alexis Mann '09 (50 and 100 Free), Swaney in the 500 free and to Walsh in the 200 Fly. In the men's events Dennen McCloskey '09 also came through with 3 meet records in the 400 IM, 200 back and 200 IM. Colin Stalnecker '08 turned in two in his Breaststroke events (100 and 200), as did Kent Garber '07 in the 500 Freestyle.

A number of the swims at the meet were also performances that 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 2005-2006 squads.

Both teams open their dual meet season next weekend at Columbia on Friday, November 11, and back home next Saturday, November 12, in a double dual meet against the University of Maine and Southern Connecticut. The back-to-back days and meets will also help those who swim both days as the Bulldogs look ahead in preparation for their return to the 2005 Patriot Invitational the following weekend. The Patriot meet follows a full three day NCAA championship format with trials and finals and hosted at George Mason University in Fairfax, VA.