October 30, 2011

Bulldogs Top Colgate in Sunday Scrimmage

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Continuing in its series of scrimmages, the Yale women's swimming and diving team beat the Colgate Raiders in preseason today with a score of 164-79.  The Bulldogs swept both diving categories and won 11 out of 12 total swimming events.  Today's meet was both a physical and mental challenge for the Bulldogs, as they had to pick themselves up and race despite having raced against McGill just yesterday.  The Bulldogs will now get a short reprieve before their third and final scrimmage, scheduled for this Friday against Southern Connecticut.

To start the day off Paige Meneses found success in the one-meter diving event, bringing in scores of seven or higher on four of her six dives.  Captain Rachel Rosenberg posted the highest number of the day, scoring an eight on her last dive, an inward one-and-a-half pike.  Consistency ultimately gave Meneses the edge as she placed first with 279.53 points while Rosenberg was right behind her with 273.60.  Freshman Lauren Gardanier finished third with 257.10 points.

The distance events on the meet sheet in yesterday's matchup were the 500- and 1000-yard freestyle, but today the Bulldogs and the Raiders raced the 1650-yard freestyle in lieu of the 1000.  At the outset of the 1650 freestyle Joan Weaver in lane four was trading the top spot with Colgate's Erica Derlath in lane three.  Abigail Nunn was not far behind in lane two, and with 250 yards gone it was Nunn in second and Weaver in first.  Nunn then traded second position with Derlath as Weaver began to step out.  With 750 yards down Weaver's lead was at five seconds, and at the 1000 she was out front by nine seconds with Nunn still pacing Derlath.  Weaver's lead eventually grew to well over 10 seconds, but in the final lap Nunn and Derlath raced each other to close the gap, both of them posting sub-30 second splits.  Weaver finished first in 17:26.73, followed by Derlath in 17:34.87 who just out-touched Nunn's 17:34.90 by 0.03 seconds.

Molly Albrecht's first race of the day was the 200-yard freestyle, which she won in a time of 1:53.43.  Albrecht touched first at every turn, but the fastest split time in the event came from freshman Helena Gali.  Gali swam her last 50 yards in 29 seconds flat to come back from fourth place and clock in at 1:55.49 to take second place from lane six.

In the 50-yard freestyle, Alexandra Forrester won by a margin of 1.45 seconds.  Her time of 23.24 is a little over half a second off of her own Yale record but good enough for a new pool record.  This new benchmark at Kiphuth Pool follows on Forrester's new pool record in the 100-yard butterfly set yesterday against McGill, both impressive feats in the team's first weekend of racing.

Hayes Hyde repeated her win in the 200-yard individual medley, beating her own time from Saturday by nearly two seconds.  Hyde's time today was 2:08.40 which put her ahead of Colgate's Emma Santoro (2:09.06).  Santoro's splits were faster on three total legs, but Hyde's quick backstroke leg carried her through to first place.  Hyde is last year's Ivy League Champion in the 200-yard butterfly, and a strong backstoke split this early in the season means big things can be expected from Hyde in individual medleys this year.

The three-meter diving event was another one-two-three finish for the Bulldogs.  Here Rosenberg took the top spot with 276.90 points, followed by Meneses with 274.50 and Gardanier with 252.90.  Colgate's top diver put up 232.88 points to take fourth.

Forrester had her second individual win of the day in the 100-yard freestyle.  Forrester had a commanding lead halfway into the race and went on to win by over three seconds with a time of 51.00. Weaver finished in third in 55.04 and freshman Rebecca DeLaFuente was right there with her in fourth place with 55.13.

Athena Liao then picked up a win in the 200-yard breaststroke to go with her first-place finish in the 100-yard breaststroke from yesterday.  Liao hit the first 50 yards hard and had a comfortable lead by the halfway point.  Her final time was 2:21.02.

The Bulldogs found a great deal of competition in the Raiders in the last event of the day, the 400-yard freestyle relay.  Tsay and Albrecht had built Yale's A flight almost a one-second lead after the first 200 yards of the race, but a fast split from Colgate A's third swimmer against DeLaFuente left Weaver with ground to make up as the team's anchor.  Weaver closed a gap of more than half a second in the final 50 yards to put Yale on top with a total time of 3:34.05 to Colgate's 3:34.26.

The Bulldogs have one more scrimmage on the schedule before seeing their first conference opponents.  Yale will compete against Southern Connecticut this Friday, Nov. 4 at home.  The meet will begin at 3:00 p.m. at the Robert J.H. Kiphuth Exhibition Pool in Payne Whitney Gymnasium.

Report filed by Tom Lynam '13, Yale Sports Publicity