Bulldogs Take Third at Ivy League Championships
Kim Named Swimmer of the Meet, Rosenberg Diver of the Meet
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - The Bulldogs finished third at the Ivy League Championships on Saturday. Senior Susan Kim and freshman Alex Forrester continued their dominance each winning another event. Yale also won the 400-yard freestyle relay. Princeton won the Ivy League Championships with a score of 1465, narrowly edging out Harvard who finished with 1438 points. Princeton has now won nine of the last 11 Ivy League Championships. Yale finished in third with 1350 points, after having its best overall performance in years.
The Bulldogs also had some of their best individual performances in years. The league honored Kim with Swimmer of the Meet and sophomore Rachel Rosenberg with Diver of the Meet. Kim had what will surely go down as the best meet of her career. On Thursday, she took third in the 400-yard IM and helped Yale to a second-place finish in the 400-yard medley relay. She started off Friday with a team win in the 200-yard medley relay. She then broke the pool, meet, and Ivy records en route to a dominating win in the 100-yard breaststroke. Then, in her best performance of the meet, Kim won the 200-yard breaststroke by over five seconds. She broke the meet, pool, and Ivy records, as well as earned the first NCAA A cut of her career. Rosenberg also had an outstanding meet. She won the three-meter diving event with a score of 291.60, her highest score of the year. She also took sixth in the one-meter event.
Perhaps the Bulldogs weakest event of the championship was the 200-yard backstroke. Yale only entered one swimmer in the event, but she was determined to earn Yale as many points as she could. Freshman Molly Albrecht took second in the morning preliminaries, earning herself a spot in the A final with her time of 1:59.73.
In the 100-yard freestyle, Yale managed to place two swimmers in the A final and a third in the B final. Sophomore Emily Dominski and freshman Cynthia Tsay both earned spots in the A final by finishing third and fifth, respectively. Dominski's time was 51.07, while Tsay's was 51.52. Senior Laura Grigereit qualified for the B final by finishing 14th.
Kim made the biggest statement of her swimming career Saturday morning in the 200-yard breaststroke. Kim came into the event holding both the meet and Ivy League record. Her Ivy League record time coming in was 2:12.17. In the morning preliminaries, Kim took first place with a time of 2:09.38. Not only did she capture the meet record, Ivy record, and pool record which had stood since 1991, but she also earned the first NCAA A cut of her career. She broke the A cut mark by 0.49 seconds. She also defeated the next closest swimmer by almost five seconds. Sophomore Athena Liao also earned herself a spot in the A final with a time of 2:17.36.
In the 200-yard butterfly, Forrester came out and made a statement of her own, taking first by over two seconds. Her time was 1:55.85 which broke the meet record set last year by Kate Mills of Harvard. Three other Yale swimmers also qualified for the A final. Freshman Monica Tung, sophomore Hayes Hyde, and junior Ileana Lucos all made it through to the A final finishing third fourth and fifth, respectively. Senior Kristin Darwin just missed out on making the B final and qualified for the C final with her time of 2:06.17.
The evening session opened with the 1650-yard freestyle. It is an event that is not normally swum during the dual season and it is also swum without a preliminary due to its length. Yale's highest finisher was junior Annie Killian who took eighth with a time of 17:01.29. Abigail Nunn, swimming with cracked ribs, took an astonishing 11th place with a time of 17:09.47. Also scoring points for Yale was freshman Margaret Brown, who took 16th with a time of 17:24.70.
In the 200-yard backstroke, Yale's only competitor was Albrecht, but she managed to take second place with a time of 1:58.52. She earned herself an NCAA B cut and 28 points for the Bulldogs.
In the 100-yard freestyle, Dominski improved her morning time by over a second and took second place for Yale with a time of 49.91. She also earned herself an NCAA B cut. Tsay who was also swimming in the A final took sixth with a time of 51.67. Grigereit, competing in the B final, took 15th with a time of 52.79.
Kim may have rewritten the record books in the morning, but the records didn't last more than a few hours as she rewrote them again in the evening finals. She won the 200-yard breaststroke with a time of 2:09.37. She broke her own meet record, Ivy record, and pool record. She also dropped her NCAA A cut time by .46 seconds. Liao took fifth for Yale with a time of 2:16.54 and earned the first NCAA B cut of her career.
Alex Forrester managed to drop a few hundredths of a second of her morning time and won her third individual event of the meet in the 200-yard butterfly. Her time of 1:55.78 broke her own meet record from earlier in the morning. Hyde took third with a time of 2:00.23 and earned herself an NCAA B cut. Lucos also earned the first NCAA B cut of her career, taking fourth with a time of 2:00.47. Tung just missed out on a B cut with her fifth place finish. Her time was 2:00.97. Darwin took 18th overall with a time of 2:05.13.
Yale continued its dominance in the diving. This time it was freshman Paige Meneses near the top of the leaderboard in the one-meter event. She took second with a score of 253.55. Sophomore Rachel Rosenberg, who won the three-meter diving, took sixth in the one-meter with a score of 244.30. Senior Marisa Poverman took 22nd with a score of 193.15.
The final event of the championship was the 400-yard freestyle. Although Yale was out of reach at this point, they made sure to go out on top. The team of Forerster, Dominski, Tsay, and freshman Joan Weaver, took first with a time of 3:20.59. The team earned an NCAA B cut.
In the end, Yale could not catch Prinecton and Harvard, but it was a lot closer than last year. The next closest team to Yale was Penn who finished with 904.5 points. It was a three team race from the beginning.
Kim and Forrester will move on to the NCAA Championships, as will divers Rosenberg and Meneses. For the rest of the team, this is the end of the season and their last meet with legendary coach Frank Keefe.
Report filed by Charles Moore '10, Yale Sports Publicity