NEW HAVEN, Conn. – For the last time this season the Yale women's swimming and diving team will compete in its home lanes and on its home boards in Kiphuth Exhibition Pool. The Bulldogs will host Brown for their now sixth consecutive weekend of competition. The meet is the Bulldogs' last dual meet for the year and will be celebrated as senior day. Seniors Kristin Darwin, Ileana Lucos and captain Annie Killian will compete in their final home meet as Yalies.
A winning season is not out of the picture for the Bulldogs. Brown is coming off a win against Cornell at home last weekend, but before that the Bears lost three in a row to Harvard, Boston University and Columbia. A win on Saturday would make Yale's record 6-4. A loss would translate to five wins and five losses, an otherwise even finish but it would still mean a winning 4-3 conference record for the Bulldogs to carry into the Ivy League Championships in two weeks.
Last year Yale won this matchup 191-107. The meet marked the first time sophomore Molly Albrecht swam the 500-yard freestyle, finishing in a time of 5:01.95. Albrecht's time was the third fastest on the team up until that point in the season, and it was a precursor to several first-rate performances in the event this season.
This weekend's meet will be part of the Yale Athletic Department's "Pink Zone" all-day breast cancer awareness event. The day will begin at 10:00 a.m. with the Battle of the Badges, a bench press competition, in Payne Whitney Gymnasium. A gymnastics meet will follow at 1:00 p.m., the same time as the swim meet against Brown, and the day will culminate in the women's basketball game against Dartmouth at 7:00 p.m. There will be food, games, a raffle and a silent auction, with all proceeds benefitting the Smilow Cancer Center at Yale-New Haven Hospital.
This dual meet against the Bears will be the last of the regular season for the Bulldogs. After a weekend off from competition, the Bulldogs will head to Princeton for the Ivy League Championships on Feb. 24-27. Then during spring break, a select few will head to NCAA competition. The NCAA Zone Diving Championships will be held in Annapolis, Md., at the Naval Academy from Mar. 11–13. The weekend after that, the 2011 NCAA Women's Swimming and Diving Championships will be held at the University of Texas' Lee and Joe Jamail Texas Swimming Center on Mar. 17–19 in Austin, Texas.
Saturday's meet will begin at 1:00 p.m. at the Robert J.H. Kiphuth Exhibition Pool located inside Payne Whitney Gymnasium.
Report filed by Tom Lynam '13, Yale Sports Publicity