Yale Takes McGill in Preseason Exhibition

Molly Albrecht. (photo by Tom Lynam '13, Yale Sports Publicity)
Molly Albrecht. (photo by Tom Lynam '13, Yale Sports Publicity)

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The Yale women's swimming and diving team saw some international competition earlier today when the Bulldogs squared off against the McGill Martlets in their first meet of the year.  Yale won all 14 swimming events contested, and held the top two spots in six events including one relay.  Strong performances were delivered across the board, with veterans Molly Albrecht, Alexandra Forrester, Cynthia Tsay and Joan Weaver each claiming two first-place finishes in individual events.  Two freshmen, Helena Gali and Elizabeth Larsen, also went home with wins in the 50-yard freestyle and 200-yard breaststroke, respectively.  No women's diving was contested today, but diving will kick off tomorrow's scrimmage against Colgate.

Perhaps the most exciting result of the day came in the 100-yard butterfly.  Forrester won the event by a margin of over five seconds, clocking in at 53.72 to break the previous pool record of 54.07 set three year ago.

In the 400-yard freestyle relay, the Bulldog 'A' flight of Forrester, Albrecht, Weaver and Tsay clocked in at 3:31.90.  This time is nearly two seconds faster and comes two weeks earlier than that of Yale's top squad from last year, as the Bulldogs won the 400 free relay in 3:33.28 against Columbia on Nov. 12 in last year's season opener.

The Bulldogs have a quick turnaround for their next meet, as they'll race against Colgate tomorrow, Oct. 30.  The meet will begin at 12:00 p.m. at the Robert J.H. Kiphuth Exhibition Pool in Payne Whitney Gymnasium.

Report filed by Tom Lynam '13, Yale Sports Publicity