January 8, 2010

Bulldogs Host Cornell in First Meet of the Decade

Look to Remain Undefeated in Duals

NEW HAVEN, Conn. - The Bulldogs begin the decade undefeated in dual meets, having already defeated Columbia, Southern Connecticut and Vermont.  They are looking to keep that streak alive this weekend as they play host to the Big Red of Cornell.  The meet, which takes place on Jan. 10, begins a stretch of five consecutive weekends of competition for Yale. 

After a short recess for the holidays, the Bulldogs have spent the majority of winter break in New Haven training.   After Cornell, Yale heads to Penn to take on the Quakers and Dartmouth.  They then return home to host the midshipmen of Navy, before taking on Harvard and Princeton on the final weekend of January.  Their final duals of the season come during the first week of February with Brown mid-week and Connecticut on Feb. 6.  

Last year's victory over Cornell was one of Yale's largest.  The Bulldogs out swam the Big Red by a score of 206-94.  Senior Susan Kim dominated the meet for Yale with two first-place finishes and a second-place finish.  Kim won the 200-yard breaststroke and 200-yard IM, while taking second in the 100-yard breaststroke.  Sophomore Elizabeth Andrekovich also had two victories, winning both the one- and three-meter diving, while junior Ileana Lucos won the 200-yard butterfly.  Yale would have won more events, but also competing in the dual meet last year was Navy who took a number of the top spots.  This year Navy is swimming its own meet against the Bulldogs.

The Bulldogs have been led so far by consistent victories from Kim in the breaststroke events, strong swimming and diving from sophomores Andrekovich, Emily Dominski, Hayes Hyde, Abigail Nunn and Rachel Rosenberg, as well as a plethora of freshmen.  Freshman Alex Forrester has been dominating everything from the 100-yard butterfly to the 200-yard freestyle.  Freshmen Molly Albrecht, Cynthia Tsay, Monica Tung and Joan Weaver have all won events for the Bulldogs as well.  The Bulldogs will look to ride these swimmers and others to victory against Cornell.

The meet takes place at 1 p.m. in the Robert Kiphuth Memorial Exhibition Pool located inside the historic Payne Whitney Gymnasium.

Report filed by Charles Moore '10, Yale Sports Publicity