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Bulldogs Win Two in Philly

Joan Weaver. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)
Joan Weaver. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

PHILADELPHIA – Teamwork delivered the Bulldogs to two wins today as the Yale women's swimming and diving team was victorious against Dartmouth and Penn.  Three 1-2-3 finishes in individual events carried the Bulldogs to victory, including in the 500-yard freestyle where Yale had three swimmers come in under five minutes.  Yale was able to seal the deal before the final two events, and with a margin of victory of 171-128 against Dartmouth and 176-121 against Penn the Bulldogs now have a record of 4-0. 

"Our swimmers and divers continued to improve as a team today against two very strong Ivy League teams," said Robert J.H. Kiphuth Head Coach Jim Henry.  "We were relaxed and ready to compete in every race and on the boards – and it showed.  I am very happy with the progress the team is making.  We are all looking forward to the upcoming championship season."

The first event of the day was the one-meter diving event where Paige Meneses finished second with a score of 253.55.  Olivia Grinker finished in fourth place (238.90), Megan Harada finished fifth (228.15) and Christina Brasco finished seventh (205.65).  On three meter Meneses was again Yale's top finisher with 271.10 points for second place.  Grinker finished fifth (223.20) on three meter, Harada was sixth (217.45) and Kelly Sherman seventh (214.40).

The Bulldogs started the swimming events strong with a big win in the 200-yard medley relay.  Cynthia Tsay, Ali Stephens-Pickeral, Alexandra Forrester and Cassidy Lapp finished first with a time of 1:44.89, just a fraction of a second off of their first-place time from last Monday's dual meet against Cornell.  Penn's 'A' relay finished second with a time of 1:47.26.

The 1000-yard freestyle was Yale's first 1-2-3 sweep of the day.  Eva Fabian took the top spot with a time of 10:01.22 to set the Sheerr Pool record in the event.  Her time was a marginal improvement on her 10:01.62 from the Cornell meet at the beginning of the week that set the Yale record.  Casey Lincoln was right on her heels with a time of 10:06.68 for second place, and Molly Albrecht was third with a time of 10:13.88.

Captain Joan Weaver was Yale's top finisher in the 200-yard freestyle.  Weaver posted a time of 1:51.82, a little more than a second behind Penn's Shelby Fortin.  Fortin and Weaver were the first- and second-place finishers from last year's Ivy League Championships in this event.  Callie Fosburgh clocked in at 1:52.18 for a close third place behind Weaver.

In the 100-yard backstroke, Forrester won with a time of 56.07 to set a pool record.  Tsay was third with a time of 57.00.

The 100-yard breaststroke was Yale's second 1-2-3 finish.  Stephens-Pickeral finished first in a time of 1:05.59.  Lapp was second to the wall with a time of 1:06.57, followed by Jacqui Levere (1:07.14).

Tsay clocked in at 24.28 for a close second-place finish in the 50-yard freestyle.  Dartmouth's Kendese Nangle took first with a time of 24.24.  Weaver was fifth with a time of 24.39, just 0.11 seconds off her winning time from Monday's Cornell meet.

Forrester had her second individual win of the day in the 100-yard freestyle.  She got a lead of 1.36 seconds after the first 50 yards and cruised to a win with a total time of 50.72.

Levere had a big win in the 200-yard breaststroke.  Levere had a slight lead over teammate Elizabeth Larsen after the first 50 yards, but pulled away from the field in the second 50.  Her total time was 2:23.00, while Larsen was second with a time of 2:26.83.

The 500-yard freestyle was Yale's third 1-2-3 finish of the day.  Fabian was first with a time of 4:57.06, followed by Fosburgh in second (4:58.34) and Lincoln in third (4:59.98).  Yale's were the only swimmers to finish under five minutes in the event.

To clinch the meet for the Bulldogs Forrester then finished first in the 100-yard butterfly, her third individual win and second pool record of the day.  She clocked in at 54.24 for a large margin of victory over Penn's Taylor Sneed in second place (57.79).

As was the case in the 200-yard IM against Cornell, Yale turned in some fast times in the 400-yard IM but they only counted as exhibition as the meet was already won.  Emma Smith (4:24.29), Albrecht (4:29.19), and Courtney Randolph (4:32.77) had the three fastest times in the event.  In the 400-yard freestyle relay Tsay, Weaver, Fosburgh and Albrecht combined for a time of 3:29.87, the second-fastest time in the event but again the results were marked as exhibition.

Next on the schedule for the Bulldogs is the HYP meet with Harvard and Princeton in three weeks.

Report filed by Tom Lynam '13, Yale Sports Publicity