Swimmers and Divers Head to Princeton for Invitational

Rebecca DeLaFuente. (photo by Tom Lynam '13, Yale Sports Publicity)
Rebecca DeLaFuente. (photo by Tom Lynam '13, Yale Sports Publicity)

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – After a weekend off competition during Thanksgiving Break, the Yale women's swimming and diving team returns to action this Friday for the first day of the three-day Princeton Invitational.  The Bulldogs will travel to Princeton, N.J., for their final meet of the fall semester.

The Invitational will serve as a great test of early season speed against Ivy competition, as Yale will face Brown, Dartmouth and host Princeton, as well as Rider and Villanova.  The three-day format is similar to that of the Ivy League and NCAA Championships and will offer the young team valuable experience competing in a longer meet.

The Bulldogs delivered a strong performance in their last meet, against Bridgeport on Nov. 22, defeating the Purple Knights 100-79.  They went 1-2-3 in the 200-meter freestyle, with freshman Olivia Jameson finishing first, sophomore Eva Fabian in second and junior Rebecca DeLaFuente in third.  This was one of a number of event wins for Yale freshmen on the day, as MacKenzie Franklin won the 50-meter freestyle, Isla Hutchinson-Maddox won the 100-meter butterfly, Anna Wujciak was victorious in the 100-meter freestyle and Kina Zhou finished first in the 200-meter individual medley.

The meet is scheduled with preliminaries in the mornings and finals in the afternoons of all three days.  Friday will feature the 200-yard freestyle relay, 500-yard freestyle, 200-yard IM, 50-yard freestyle and 400-yard medley relay.  Saturday's action includes the 200-yard medley relay, 400-yard IM, 100-yard butterfly, 200-yard freestyle, 100-yard breaststroke, 100-yard backstroke and 800-yard freestyle relay as well as the one-meter diving competition.  The meet concludes on Sunday with the 1650-yard freestyle, 200-yard backstroke, 100-yard freestyle, 200-yard breaststroke, 200-yard butterfly and 400-yard freestyle relay as well as the three-meter diving.

As the final meet before a month-long break from competition, the Invitational offers Yale's swimmers and divers a chance to measure themselves against quality Ivy competition prior to the dual-meet season.

Action on Friday begins with the preliminaries at 11 a.m., with the finals at 6 p.m.  Saturday follows the same schedule while Sunday moves everything an hour earlier, with preliminaries at 10 a.m. and finals at 5 p.m. 

Report filed by Lyon Van Voorhis '15, Yale Sports Publicity