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Bulldogs Finish Solid First Day of HYP Meet

Paulina Kaminski '18
Paulina Kaminski '18

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.  


            Sophomore sprint freestyler Kina Zhou placed second in the 200-yard freestyle in 1:50.03.  Cheryl Xiang and Olivia Jameson placed eighth and ninth, respectively. 


            Freshman Heidi VanderWel finished third in the 100-yard backstroke in 56.84.  Sophomore Michelle Chintanaphol finished fifth and freshman Kate Rogers tied a Princeton competitor for sixth. 


            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. 


            In the 3-meter diving event, Lilybet MacRae finished in fifth; Olivia Grinker finished ninth, and  Kelly Sherman and McKenna Tennant finished in 12th and 13th place, respectively. 


            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