Swimmers and Divers Head to Princeton for Invitational

Swimmers and Divers Head to Princeton for Invitational
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