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Bulldogs Take on Brown in Mid-Week Meet

Paige Meneses. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)
Paige Meneses. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

Final Ivy Dual of the Season

NEW HAVEN, Conn. - After suffering their first two conference losses of the season, the Bulldogs are looking to bounce back this week against Brown.  What hopes to be a straightforward victory for the Bulldogs will be anything but straightforward in its set-up. The meet will take place mid-week on Wednesday and will be swum at UMass-Dartmouth as opposed to Yale or Brown.  Brown comes into the meet 2-6 overall and 1-5 in the Ivy League.

The last time the Bulldogs and Bears met, Yale took a decisive 181-119 victory on senior night at home.  The Bulldogs won 11 of the 16 events, while senior Susan Kim won three individual events and helped the 200-yard medley relay to victory.  She also broke the Yale pool record in the 200-yard breaststroke, which had stood since 1995.  Senior captain Andrea Clifford won two events and sophomores Hayes Hyde and Rachel Rosenberg also won events.  Sophomore Abby Nunn broke five minutes in the 500-yard freestyle for the first time in her collegiate career at the meet, and Yale also broke the pool record in the 400-yard freestyle relay, a record which had not been broken since 1999.

The Bulldogs are coming off a tough loss at HYP, last weekend.  Princeton won the meet and the Ivy League dual title.   Yale fell to Princeton 191-107 and Harvard 180-120.  There were some bright spots.  Kim and freshman Alex Forrester both won events, broke pool records, and earned NCAA B cuts.  Kim won the 200-yard breaststroke with a time of 2:12.64, which broke the Princeton pool record and earned her an NCAA B cut.  Forrester won two events.  She won the 100-yard freestyle with a time of 49.92, breaking 50 seconds for the first time this season and earning an NCAA B cut.  She also won the 100-yard butterfly with a time of 52.64.  She broke the Princeton pool record and again earned an NCAA B cut, and this time she nearly earned an A cut.  She was just 0.62 seconds off the A cut time and has a good chance to earn it before this season is done.

The Bulldogs season is quickly winding down.  After Brown, the Bulldogs have their final dual meet and final home meet of the season on Saturday against UConn.  It will also be Robert J.H. Kiphuth Director of Swimming Frank Keefe's final meet at Yale.  After that the Bulldogs get two and a half weeks off before heading to the Ivy League Championships for the culminating meet of the year.  Beyond that it is up to individuals to qualify for the NCAA Championships.  Rosenberg and freshman Paige Meneses have already punched their tickets to the NCAA Zone Diving Championships.  Kim, Forrester and others still have a few more chances to punch theirs.

The meet will begin at 3:00 p.m. on Feb. 3.

Report filed by Charles Moore '10, Yale Spots Publicity