Yale Victorious Over Dartmouth, Penn

Emma Smith. (photo by Tom Lynam '13, Yale Sports Publicity)
Emma Smith. (photo by Tom Lynam '13, Yale Sports Publicity)

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The Yale women's swimming and diving team continued their strong start to 2014, defeating both Dartmouth and Penn in a tri-meet in the Kiphuth Memorial Pool.  The Bulldogs beat the Big Green by a score of 223-77 and topped the Quakers 163.5-137.5.

The first event of the day was the 3-meter diving.  Yale went 1-2-3, with Lilybet MacRae in first, scoring 298.30, Kelly Sherman in second with 260.15 and Olivia Loucks in third with 238.05. MacRae won the 1-meter diving as well, scoring an excellent 294.50.

Robert J.H. Kiphuth Head Coach Jim Henry was very happy with the divers' performances, saying, "Our divers were incredible today. All of them competed well on both boards and contributed immensely to the wins today."

Yale's swimmers won eight events on the day, including three swimmers who doubled up, winning two events.  Eva Fabian won the first individual race of the day, the 1000-yard freestyle, finishing in a time of 9:59.66.  Isla Hutchinson-Maddox was second in 10:15.23, and Casey Lincoln was third in 10:25.78.  Fabian won the 500-yard freestyle as well, finishing comfortably ahead of the field in 4:52.51.  

The next event, the 200-yard freestyle, saw Bulldogs in second and third, with Anna Wujciak finishing in 1:52.31 and Olivia Jameson next in 1:53.80.  In the 200-yard butterfly, Hutchinson-Maddox was first in 2:02.90, just in front of Sydney Hirschi in 2:03.00.  Allison West was fourth in 2:08.38.

Kina Zhou finished first in both the 100- and 50-yard freestyle, putting up times of 50.93 and 23.57 seconds, respectively.  Hirschi tied for first in the 100-yard butterfly in 56.03.

Emma Smith  was victorious in the 400-yard IM, finishing in 4:26.79 and Yale's "A" relay team of Hirschi, Jameson, Wujciak and Zhou won the 400-yard freestyle relay.

Coach Henry was pleased with the results of the meet, saying, "The team showed that they could overcome a sluggish front half of the meet and improve in their second and third swims. I was happy that they raced well coming off a tough and consistent month of training."

He added that "Dani and I are very happy with where we are as we prepare for the Ivy League Championships on February 20 and the NCAA Championships on March 20."

The Bulldogs are back in action on Jan. 24, when they travel to Durham, N.H. to face the University of New Hampshire.

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