NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The Yale women's swimming and diving team opened their 2013-14 season on Friday afternoon with a victory over Southern Connecticut State University. They defeated the visiting Owls by a score of 204-77.
The Bulldogs began the day by going 1-2 in the 200-yard medley relay, with freshman Kina Zhou, sophomore Ali Stephens-Pickeral, freshman Sydney Hirschi and freshman Olivia Jameson teaming up to finish first in 1:47.13 and freshman Michelle Chintanaphol, junior Elizabeth Larsen, sophomore Kasey Mann and freshman MacKenzie Franklin coming in second in 1:50.42. Larsen notched a win in the next event, the 1000-yard freestyle, putting up a time of 11:00.14.
In the 200-yard freestyle, sophomore Emma Smith paced a 1-2-3 finish for the Bulldogs, finishing first in 1:55.96, ahead of freshman Elizabeth Fosburgh in 1:57.41 and sophomore Emily Gudbranson in 1:58.21. Zhou won the 100-yard backstroke, finishing in 59.18 and Stephens-Pickeral won the 100-yard breaststroke in 1:08.21.
The meet featured a string of strong performances by the freshmen on the Yale squad. Isla Hutchinson-Maddox won the 200-yard butterfly in 2:03.06, Jameson won both the 50- (24.32) and 100-yard freestyle (52.88) and Hirschi won the 200-yard breaststroke in 2:26.80.
In addition to her win in the 200-yard free, Smith won the 200-yard backstroke in 2:08.95. Sophomore Eva Fabian won the 500-yard freestyle, an event in which she holds the Yale record, in a time of 5:02.22.
Overall, it was a very strong early-season performance from a young Bulldogs squad.
The Bulldogs are back in action next Friday, Nov. 15, when they travel to Columbia to open their Ivy League dual season. Competition is scheduled to begin at 5:00 P.M.
Report filed by Lyon Van Voorhis '15, Yale Sports Publicity.