February 8, 2013

Bulldogs Host Bears on Senior Day

Meet Postponed to Monday Due to the Storm

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The seniors on the Yale women's swimming and diving team will have their last meet at home on Monday when the Bulldogs take on the Brown Bears.  The Bulldogs had their first dual meet losses last weekend but have one more opportunity on Sunday to pick up a win before Ivy's, just as divers Megan Harada and Paige Meneses, along with swimmers Molly Albrecht, Alexandra Forrester, Victoria Lawrence, Cynthia Tsay and captain Joan Weaver will have their last chance to compete in Kiphuth Pool.

"The Brown meet will be a great Ivy League dual with two strong teams ready to compete," said Robert J.H. Kiphuth Head Coach Jim Henry.  "We will need to find ways to win the close races.  Last year this meet came down to several events decided by less than a few tenths of a second.  Like last year the team who wins those battles will win the meet.  Throughout our season the senior class has led this team on the boards, and in the pool. This amazing senior class has meant a great deal to the Yale program and we will do our best to send them out with a victory at home."

As the season grows shorter the Bulldogs have a record of 4-2 so far, winning their first four dual meets against Columbia, Cornell, Dartmouth and Penn but coming up short against Harvard and Princeton last weekend.  Yale also took first at Boston University's Terrier Invitational in November and second at the Brown Invitational in December.  At the latter the Bulldogs racked up 802 points for second place while Brown put up 618 points for third place.

In dual competition Brown has had a great season as well.  The Bears have quite a few wins under their belts, coming up victorious against Bryant, BU, Dartmouth, UMass, Penn and Providence.  But both teams are coming off a loss last weekend, Brown against Cornell and Yale at HYP, and so this weekend will be about which team can pick itself up in the last meet before the Ivy League Championships.

This past week Forrester was interviewed on Swimming World Magazine's "The Morning Swim Show."  In the interview she discusses coming back from an injury sustained during the 2011-12 season that kept her from participating in last summer's Olympic Trials, and her road to recovery this season – including the 52.19 she swam to win the 100-yard butterfly at the Brown Invitational that was just 0.08 seconds off this year's NCAA 'A' cut.  The interview is available here

The meet against the Bears kicks off at 6:00 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 11, at the Robert J.H. Kiphuth Exhibition Pool located inside Payne Whitney Gymnasium  Live stats for the meet will be available here

Report filed by Tom Lynam '13, Yale Sports Publicity

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