CAMBRIDGE, Mass.—The Yale women's swimming and diving team finished the first day of competition on a strong note. The Bulldogs are trailing both the Harvard Crimson 95-55 and the Princeton Tigers, 83.5-66.5.
In the first swimming event of the meet, the 200-yard medley relay, the Bulldogs finished in fourth, fifth, and seventh place. The relay field was highly competitive; Yale's "A" relay was only one one-hundredth of a second behind the Harvard "B" relay and only 16 one-hundredths of a second behind the Princeton "A" relay.
Freshman Cailley Silbert swam a blistering 9:58.80 to finish second in the 1000-yard freestyle. Fellow freshman Danielle Liu finished in seventh with a time of 10:12.59 and Isla Hutchinson-Maddox and Casey Lincoln finished in eighth and 10th, respectively.
Pauline Kaminski raced a tough field in the 100-yard breaststroke and ultimately touched in second place behind a Harvard competitor. Senior captain Elizabeth Larsen touched in sixth place in 1:05.87 and junior Ali Stephens-Pickeral touched in seventh place.
In the 200-yard butterfly, Sydney Hirschi took down two Princeton competitors to finish a tight race in first place. Fellow sophomore Hutchinson-Maddox finished in fourth place. Kasey Mann and Alexa Kalandiak finished in ninth and 10th place, respectively.
Zhou raced in a tight heat of the 50-yard freestyle, touching in sixth place in 23.64, with a margin of only three tenths of a second between her and the winner. Amy Zhao was right behind Zhou with a seventh place finish. Mackenzie Franklin finished in ninth in 24.30.
The Bulldogs looks to keep the momentum going with the second and final day of competition tomorrow at 12:00 p.m. at the Blodgett Pool.
Report filed by Emma Smith '16, Yale Sports Publicity