BOSTON – The Yale women's swimming and diving team put up a good fight but came up short against Harvard and Princeton on Sunday. With the Bulldogs unable to put any swimmers in the winner's circle the Bulldog divers carried the team, with senior captain Rachel Rosenberg winning both diving events. The final scores were Harvard 235, Yale 65 and Princeton 231, Yale 69. The Crimson also beat the Tigers 190-110, snapping Princeton's 43-dual meet winning streak. For the first time in the better part of a decade Princeton will not head into Ivy's as the conference dual meet champion, a shake-up that the Bulldogs could capitalize on in two weeks when all eight Ivy League teams reconvene at Harvard's Blodgett Pool for the 2012 Ivy League Championships.
Cynthia Tsay kicked things off for the Bulldogs, following up her performance in the 50-yard freestyle yesterday with a seventh-place finish in the 100 free today. Tsay touched the wall in 52.09, with just 1.04 seconds separating her from second place (51.05). The winning time in the event was 49.74.
Athena Liao took 10th in the 200-yard breaststroke. Liao was fifth at the halfway point but would go on to finish in a time of 2:18.59. Less than three seconds separated Liao in 10th place from the winning time of 2:15.62.
In the 500-yard freestyle Joan Weaver finished in sixth place with a time of 4:58.67, her second sub-five minute time of the season.
Hayes Hyde took seventh in the 100-yard butterfly, clocking in at 57.09. This time is an improvement over Hyde's performance in the event at this meet last year, where she took sixth with a time of 57.23.
Rosenberg doubled up on wins for the weekend, matching her first-place finish on one meter from Saturday with a resounding win on three meter today. Rosenberg put up 292.30 points – her highest score so far this season on three meter – more than thirty points higher than second-place Leslie Rea from Harvard (261.00). Paige Meneses took fourth place with 249.20 points, and Lauren Gardanier came in ninth with 234.90 points.
To finish out the weekend the Bulldogs finished fourth in the 400-yard freestyle relay. The 'A' squad of Weaver, Cassidy Lapp, Helena Gali and Hyde finished in a time of 3:31.20. The Bulldogs were in fifth place with 100 yards to go but Hyde came home in 53.02 to put Yale ahead of Princeton's 'B' squad at the wall.
The Bulldogs are 3-3 now in dual meets, with the hope for a winning season still alive and well as Yale takes on Brown next weekend. The meet will take place at the University of Rhode Island's Tootell Aquatics Center on Feb. 11.
Report filed by Tom Lynam '13, Yale Sports Publicity