Yale Defeats Cornell for First Win of 2013

Kasey Mann. (photo by Tom Lynam '13, Yale Sports Publicity)
Kasey Mann. (photo by Tom Lynam '13, Yale Sports Publicity)

ITHACA, N.Y. – The week of winter training in Florida paid off on Monday as the Yale women's swimming and diving team won a dual meet against Cornell.  Yale only gave up two swimming events and one diving event to capture the meet before the final relay.  The Bulldogs set three pool records at Cornell's Teagle Hall Pool, and freshman Eva Fabian stood out with wins in three individual events and owning two of the new pool records.  The final score of the meet was Yale 168, Cornell 127.

The day started with the three-meter diving event.  Paige Meneses finished second with a score of 256.87, followed by Olivia Grinker in third place with a score of 241.56.  Christina Brasco finished sixth with 200.54 points.  The one-meter diving event would follow.  This time Meneses was first with a score of 266.83 points.  Grinker was again behind Meneses, this time for second place, with a score of 259.64.  Brasco finished fifth on one meter with a score of 242.77. 

Yale's first swimming win would bring with it a pool record.  In the 200-yard medley relay Cynthia Tsay, Ali Stephens-Pickeral, Alexandra Forrester and Cassidy Lapp posted a time of 1:44.54 to take down the previous pool record of 1:45.22.  Tsay got the team a lead of 1.79 seconds after the backstroke leg, and Forrester added more than a second on the butterfly leg.  Cornell's 'A' relay would take second place with a time of 1:47.39, almost three seconds after Yale's 'A' relay.

Fabian, who broke the previous Yale record of 10:01.83 in the 1000-yard freestyle on her way to breaking the school record in the 1650-yard freestyle at the Brown Invitational in December, now has an official time for the 1000 that breaks the school record.  On Monday she clocked in at 10:01.62 to finish first and also break the pool record of 10:09.40.  Casey Lincoln finished second with a time of 10:13.48, and Emily Gudbranson took fourth with a time of 10:53.79.

The wins kept coming for Yale in the 200-yard freestyle.  Callie Fosburgh posted a time of 1:53.13 for a close win over Cornell's Jennifer Zhang (1:53.91).  Molly Albrecht was right in the mix with 1:54.04 for third place, and Rebecca DeLaFuente came in at 1:58.50 for fifth place.

Tsay followed up her strong contribution to the 200-yard medley relay with a big win in the 100-yard backstroke.  She clocked in at 27.54 after the first 50 yards, with the next-fastest split being 29.24.  Tsay was the only swimmer to post a sub-30 split for the second 50 to finish in a time of 56.70, a margin of victory of more than three seconds.  Courtney Randolph was third with a time of 1:00.13, and Angela Lee fifth with a time of 1:02.56.

In the 100-yard breaststroke Stephens-Pickeral took second with a time of 1:05.91.  Elizabeth Larsen was third with a time of 1:08.97.

Fabian's second win of the day came in the 200-yard butterfly.  She was fifth after the first 50 yards but posted consistent 32-second splits in the next 100 yards to pull into the lead.  Fabian came home in 31.32 to finish first in a total time of 2:05.68.  Allison West posted a time of 2:08.68 for a close third-place finish, and Kasey Mann finished fourth with a time of 2:11.82. 

Joan Weaver then won the 50-yard freestyle.  She clocked in at 24.28, a personal best by a quarter of a second.  Lapp finished third with a time of 24.91, followed by Gabrielle Bunney in sixth with a time of 26.55. 

In the 100-yard freestyle Tsay had a close win over Weaver.  Weaver had the lead after the first 50 yards with a 25.48 split to Tsay's 25.71, but Tsay had the stronger second half.  Tsay's final time was 52.04, with Weaver coming in at 52.33.  Not far behind the pair of seniors was Fosburgh, who finished fourth with a time of 53.98.

Albrecht and Randolph also had a 1-2 finish in the 200-yard backstroke.  Albrecht was strong right from the start, getting a lead after a fast first 50 yards and maintaining consistent speed for the remaining 150.  Her total time was 2:03.63.  Randolph was the second swimmer to touch the wall, clocking in at 2:07.67.

Emma Smith posted a time of 2:24.14 in the 200-yard breaststroke for a close second-place finish.  Lapp was third with a time of 2:26.01, and Larsen was fourth (2:27.82).

Fabian had her third individual win of the day in the 500-yard freestyle.  She finished in a time of 4:57.09 to break the previous pool record of 4:58.54.  DeLaFuente finished third with a time of 5:19.36.

Mann won the 100-yard butterfly, the event that would bring the meet home for the Bulldogs.  Mann was out front after the first 50 and cruised home to finish in a time of 58.89. West brought in some points in third place with a time of 1:00.08.

Smith (2:08.82), Randolph (2:11.15) and Lee (2:12.15) all posted competitive times in the 200-yard IM but only counted as exhibition in the event.  The fastest time from Cornell in the event was 2:07.87.

Both of Yale's 400-yard freestyle relays turned in the fastest times in the event, but again only counted as exhibition as the meet was already won.  The Yale 'A' team of Weaver, Gudbranson, Smith and Albrecht posted the fastest time (3:36.77) while Yale's 'B' squad of West, Lincoln, Fabian and Bunney was the next-fastest team with a time of 3:41.05.  Cornell 'A' finished in 3:42.23.

The Bulldogs now have a quick turnaround, as they will travel to Philadelphia to race against Dartmouth and Penn this Saturday, Jan. 12.

Report filed by Tom Lynam '13, Yale Sports Publicity