November 24, 2009

Bulldogs Follow Up Terrier Invite With Win Over SCSU

Win 11 of 16 Events

NEW HAVEN, Conn. - With less than 24 hours to recover, the Bulldogs were back in the pool Monday afternoon, swimming a dual meet with Southern Connecticut State.  With many swimmers not participating in their usual events, the Bulldog still managed to break out a big margin of victory over SCSU.  The Bulldogs won eleven events en route to a 190-108 victory.

Yale opened the day with the 1650-yard freestyle.  Without Yale's usual long distance swimmers in the mix, Cody Hall of SCSU won the event with a time of 17:50.11.  Yale did manage to take second and third with junior Kristin Darwin finishing in a time of 18:02.13 and sophomore Hayes Hyde touching the wall in 18:16.77.  Senior Jennifer Karinen also competed for Yale, taking sixth with a time of 19:42.25.

In the 200-yard Medley relay Yale claimed first with a time of 1:50.87.  That team was comprised of freshman Cynthia Tsay, senior Jane Kim, freshman Monica Tung and freshman Joan Weaver.  Yale's second team took third with a time of 1:55.82.

With a quick turnaround, Tung was back in the pool for 200-yard freestyle where she led a Yale sweep, taking first place.  She was followed closely by senior Susan Kim who stepped away from breaststroke for the day to try a few other events.  Rounding out Yale's top three was sophomore Erica Kao.

The Bulldogs also took first in the 100-yard backstroke with Tsay claiming the top spot in a time of 59.19.  Juniors Leslie Roberson and Angela Yu also competed taking third and fifth, respectively.  Roberson finished with a time of 1:03.71 and Yu with a time of 1:06.39.

The Bulldogs hurt in both breaststroke events without Kim swimming either.  In the 100-yard breaststroke Jennifer O'Neil of SCSU won with a time of 1:07.23.  Yale took second, third and fourth place, however.  Weaver and sophomores Caroline Dewing and Stephanie Cuevas finished with times of 1:10.51, 1:10.83 and 1:14.37, respectively.  In the 200-yard breaststroke, O'Neil again took first, this time with a time of 2:25.90.  Yale's two swimmers were Cuevas and sophomore Meaghan Watters.  Cuevas took third with a time of 2:39.20 and Watters took fourth with a time of 2:46.90.

In the butterfly events, the Bulldogs split with SCSU.  Yale won the 200-yard butterfly thanks to freshman Molly Albrecht who finished with a time of 1:58.12.  Yale also took second and third places with Tung claiming second and sophomore Athena Liao taking third.  Tung's time was 2:03.13 and Liao's was 2:03.30.  But, SCSU emerged victorious in the 100-yard butterfly.  Amanda Thomas of SCSU won the event with a time 59.78.  Freshman Victoria Lawrence took second with a time of 1:00.95 and senior captain Andrea Clifford took third with a time of 1:02.53.

Freshman Alex Forrester only swam one event on Monday, but she won the 50-yard freestyle by over a second.  Forrester finished in a time of 24.28, while teammates Clifford and Kao finished in times of 25.68 and 25.71, respectively.  The closest SCSU competitor finished fourth with a time of 26.20.

Lucos and junior Annie Killian managed to go one-two in the 100-yard freestyle.  Lucos finished with a time of 56.37, with Killian right behind here at 56.77.  Senior Faris Montgomery also swam in the event, taking sixth with a time of 1:06.32.

The Bulldogs were unable to win the 200-yard backstroke as Thomas of SCSU won by almost a four second margin.  Roberson was the closest, taking second with a time of 2:11.35.  Behind her in third was sophomore Abigail Nunn with a time of 2:14.57.

Yale's other two victories of the day came in the 500-yard freestyle and 200-yard IM.  In the distance freestyle event, Killian and Lucos finished one-two with times of 5:13.28 and 5:19.20, respectively.  In the IM, Albrecht and freshman Margaret Brown also went one-two.  Albrecht swam a time of 2:11.42 and Brown touched in 2:15.62.

The Bulldogs once again dominated diving.  In the one-meter, Yale took the top three spots.  Senior Marisa Poverman took first with a score of 244.86.  Close behind her was freshman Eileen Meneses with a score of 241.05 and rounding out the top three was sophomore Elizabeth Andrekovich with a score of 225.15.  Sophomore Rachel Rosenberg did not compete.  In the three-meter diving, neither Rosenberg nor Menses competed, but Andrekovich took first with a score of 263.57 and Poverman took third with a score of 226.35.

The final event of the day was the 400-yard freestyle relay, where Yale took first and third place.  Yale's A team of Nunn, sophomore Emily Dominski, Lucos and Clifford swam a time of 3:42.40 to win the event.  Yale's B team of Killian, senior Laura Grigereit, Lawrence and Albrecht swam a time of 3:48.09.

Yale will be back in the pool on Dec. 5 swimming against Vermont at home.

Report filed by Charles Moore '10, Yale Sports Publicity

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