Bulldogs in Third After Day One

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – After one day of competition at the 2014 Ivy League Women's Swimming and Diving Championships, Yale sits comfortably in third place with 351 points.  Princeton leads the meet with 441 and Harvard is a close second with 424.  

The first race of the day was the 200-yard freestyle relay.  In a tight field, Yale's all-freshman relay team of Sydney Hirschi, Olivia Jameson, Anna Wujciak and Kina Zhou finished eighth with a time of 1:33.45, less than three seconds out of first place.  

The next race was the 500-yard freestyle.  In last season's Ivy championships, Eva Fabian finished a close second in this event.  This time around, Fabian flipped the script, winning by 12 hundredths of a second in a time of 4:44.00.  Her time was fast enough to make the B cut for the NCAA championships.  Jameson finished fifth in 4:51.38 and Casey Lincoln was seventh in 4:52.03. 

In the 200-yard individual medley, Hirschi was Yale's top finisher, fplacing fifth in a time of 2:01.71.  Courtney Randolph finished eleventh in 2:02.38, just ahead of Ali Stephens-Pickeral, who posted a time of 2:02.38. 

Zhou finished third in the 50-yard freestyle in a time of 22.84, good enough to make the NCAAs B cut. 

In the 1-meter diving competition, Lilybet MacRae continued her superlative freshman season, winning Yale's first 1-meter title since 2003.  Her score of 310.35 was the second highest score in meet history, and more than 20 points higher than the second place finisher.  Danielle DeNunzio finished in 11th place with a 234.55 while Kelly Sherman was 13th with a score of 227.00. 

In the 400-yard medley relay. Yale's team of Michelle Chintanaphol, Hirschi, Stephens-Pickeral and Zhou finished in fifth place, posting a time of 3:41.34.  That result left the Bulldogs in third place, well within striking distance with two days to go.

Action resumes tomorrow with preliminaries beginning at 11 a.m. and finals kicking off at 6:00 p.m.

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