Bulldogs Finish Ivies in Third Place

PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- Competition wrapped up today at the 2014 Ivy League Women's Swimming and Diving Championships, as Yale finished in third place with 1163.5 points.  Harvard finished in first place with 1409 points, with Princeton in second with 1384 points.

The first final of the afternoon was the 1,650 yard freestyle and the Bulldogs produced an absolutely dominating performance, capturing three of the top four spots.  Eva Fabian won the event last season and defended her title today, touching first with an NCAA B-cut qualifying time of 16:20.21.  Casey Lincoln finished in second, posting a time of 16:22.65, also good enough to qualify for the B-cut.  Isla Hutchinson-Maddox swam a time 16:26.24 to finish fourth.

The next event was the 200-yard backstroke and the Yale contingent delivered again.  Michelle Chintanaphol finished in second place, touching in a time of 1:58.28.  Places two through six were packed very tightly, with Olivia Jameson finishing fifth in 1:59.05, less than .80 seconds behind Chintanaphol.  

In the final of the 100-yard freestyle, freshman Kina Zhou swam her way to fifth in a stacked field with a time of 50.23 seconds.  Anna Wujciak won the C final, swimming a 51.13 to finish in 17th place.  

In the 200-yard breaststroke, Ali Stephens-Pickeral finished third in 2:16.20.  Yesterday's 400-yard IM champion Emma Smith swam her way to 15th place, finishing in 2:19.97, with Emily Gudbranson right behind in 16th place with a time of 2:21.46.

Sydney Hirschi torched the field in the preliminaries of the 200-yard butterfly and backed that performance up in the final, grabbing a sizeable lead in the first length of the pool and building on it, winning in a time of 1:57.33.  Hutchinson-Maddox was sixth in 2:01.11.

In the next event, the three-meter diving competition, Lilybet MacRae finished second despite posting the highest score in the preliminaries, posting a 299.85.  Olivia Loucks tied for 15th with 231.95

The last event of the meet was the 400-yard free relay.  Yale's all-freshman team of Hirschi, Jameson, Wujciak and Zhou finished in fourth place with a time fo 3:23.61.

The final standings in the meet were Harvard, Princeton, Yale, followed by Columbia with 945 points, Penn (882), Brown (792.5), Cornell (662) and Dartmouth (535).  This was a marked improvement over last season, when the Bulldogs finished fourth with 1049 points.

Fabian tied for the High Point Swimmer of the Meet Award with Princeton senior Lisa Boyce, winning the 500-yard freestyle, the 1,650-yard freestyle and finishing second in the 500-yard freestyle for a total of 92 points.  MacRae won the Rick Gilbert High Point Diver of the Meet Award after winning the one-meter diving competition and finishing second in the three-meter.

Robert J.H. Kiphuth Head Coach Jim Henry was thrilled with his team's performance over the weekend, saying, "This was the meet that we have been targeting since day one, with the goal of improving on last year's results.  We achieved our goal through a great effort from the entire team, top to bottom.  In six great sessions, we received contributions from everyone, with 21 of 22 athletes scoring a point for us.  We had great support from our alumni, parents, administration and fans and our success wouldn't have been possible without them."

He continued, "Overall, I'm really impressed with the leadership of the team this season.  We were in close meet after close meet and managed to keep focused on competing aggressively in meets and on improving everyday in practice.  They believed in themselves and in the work they were doing, which resulted in an extremely successful season."

Overall, the result bodes well for Yale's future, as they have a lot of talent in their freshman and sophomore classes and should continue to be a threat at this meet in the coming years.  

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