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Yale Sitting in Third Place After Day Two

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


PROVIDENCE, R.I. – After two days of competition, the Yale women's swimming and diving team sits in third place at the 2014 Ivy League Women's Swimming and Diving Championships with 739 points.  Harvard is in first place with 952 points, followed by Princeton in second with 924 points.  The Bulldogs came into the day in third place with 351 points, 90 points behind first-place Princeton.

The first final of the day was the 1,000-yard freestyle.  Eva Fabian won this event in last year's meet and put down the fastest time in the preliminaries this morning, but came up just short in the final, finishing second in a time of 9:47.61.  Isla Hutchinson-Maddox was third in 9:49.25.  The top three finishers all broke the pool record in the event, previously set by Fabian herself.  Casey Lincoln finished in seventh place in 9:54.09, giving Yale three of the top seven finishers.

The next event was the 200-yard medley relay.  In a tight field, Yale's team of Michelle Chintanaphol, Sydney Hirschi, Olivia Jameson and Ali Stephens-Pickeral finished in eighth place with a time of 1:43.50.

The Bulldogs got back on track in the next event, the 400-yard individual medley.  Emma Smith posted a pool record of 4:15.17 to finish in first place, making the B cut for NCAAs in the process.  Courtney Randolph was fourth in 4:18.76, also qualifying for the NCAA B cut. Chintanaphol was 12th in a time 4:22.67.

In a very fast final of the 100-yard butterfly, seven swimmers qualified for NCAA B cuts.  Hirschi finished in seventh place, touching in a time of 54.42.

In the 200-yard freestyle, Kina Zhou finished second in 1:47.92, under the previous pool record and under the NCAA B cutoff.  Anna Wujciak was eighth in a time of 1:49.35.  Jameson was second in the B final in a time of 1:49.35 to finish 10th overall.

In the 100-yard breaststroke, Stephens-Pickeral was Yale's top finisher, placing sixth in a time of 1:02.85.   

In the final event of the day, the 800-yard freestyle relay, Yale's team of Fabian, Jameson, Wujciak and Zhou finished in second place 7:16.04, smashing the Yale record in the event by over three seconds.

The meet concludes tomorrow, with preliminaries starting at 11:00 a.m. and finals beginning at 6:00 p.m.

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