Bulldogs Host Navy in Battle of Unbeatens

Ileana Lucos. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)
Ileana Lucos. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

Midshipmen Won Last Year's Contest

NEW HAVEN, Conn. - The Robert J.H.  Kiphuth Exhibition Pool will be host to a battle of unbeatens this weekend.  The Bulldogs are 6-0 in dual meets, and they will look to pick up number seven when the Midshipmen of Navy come to New Haven on Saturday.  Navy comes into the meet 8-0 on the season and with recent history on its side.  The Midshipmen defeated the Bulldogs 156-143.5 last year in a tri-meet at Cornell.  It was Navy's first win over Yale in program history.

The Bulldogs are coming off two big conference wins.  Last weekend, Yale took down Penn and Dartmouth to improve its Ivy League record to 4-0.  Yale won 13 of the 14 swimming events, losing only the final 400-yard freestyle relay.  Senior Susan Kim won all three of her individual events, taking the 100-yard breaststroke, 200-yard breaststroke and 200-yard IM.  She won the 200-yard breaststroke by 8.46 seconds.  Freshman Alex Forrester also won all three of her events.  She claimed the 200-yard freestyle, 50-yard freestyle and 100-yard freestyle.  Freshman Joan Weaver took both of the distance freestyle events.  Sophomores Hayes Hyde and Ileana Lucos and freshman Molly Albrecht also won events.

Last year's meet with Navy came down to the wire.  The Bulldogs needed to take first and third in the 400-yard freestyle relay in order to defeat Navy, but the Bulldogs could only come up with second and fourth-place finishes.  What ultimately hurt Yale was a lack of first place finishes.  Of the 16 events, the Bulldogs only managed to win five, while taking second place in 10 races.  The Bulldogs will need to win more events on Saturday if they hope to win the meet, and they will no doubt be looking to Kim and Forrester to continue their unbeaten streaks.  Kim has yet to lose a breaststroke event, and Forrester remains unbeaten in many different events and has only lost one race this season.  Weaver and sophomore Abigail Nunn have also been consistently atop the leaderboards in the long distance freestyle events.  Albrecht has dominated the backstroke events with freshman Cynthia Tsay right behind her.  Lucos and Hyde have been strong in the butterfly with Forrester often competing with them.

The meet will take place in the Robert Kiphuth Memorial Exhibition Pool located inside the historic Payne Whitney Gymnasium.  The pool, named for Yale's famous swimming coach and former athletic director, sits at the bottom of a 50-foot high funnel containing 2,187 seats which rise at a 45 degree angle.  The pool was designed so that spectators entered through a series of tunnel so that no more than 35 people must pass through any single tunnel and that any seat can be reached by no more than three steps.  The pool has played host to the NCAA championship, AAU championship and the first ever HYP meet in 1992.

The meet will begin at 12:00 p.m. Saturday.

Report filed by Charles Moore '10, Yale Sports Publicity