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Bulldogs Finish Tough Meet Against Harvard and Princeton

Bulldogs Finish Tough Meet Against Harvard and Princeton

CAMBRIDGE, Mass.—The Yale women's swimming and diving team finished the HYP meet behind both Harvard and Princeton, but scored more points against both teams than they have in previous years.  The Bulldogs fell to the Harvard Crimson, 184-116, and to the Princeton Tigers, 169.5-130.5.  The dual between Harvard and Princeton ended in a tie, 150-150. 


            At last year's HYP meet, the Bulldogs scored 105 points against Harvard and 120 points against Princeton, so this year's meet saw a definite improvement against both teams.  The Bulldogs Ivy record now stands at 4-2, with one final dual meet against Brown remaining before the team prepares to compete at the Ivy Championships.  


            The Saturday session of competition began with the 100-yard freestyle.  Sophomore Kina Zhou finished third in 50.94 behind two Princeton competitors who tied for first.  Amy Zhao finished sixth in 51.97.  Cheryl Xiang and Mackenzie Franklin finished in eighth and ninth, respectively.  Both Xiang and Franklin swam season best times in that event. 


            Freshman Kate Rogers had a standout performance in the 200-yard backstroke, finishing fourth in 2:00.68, a personal best time.  Michelle Chintanaphol finished sixth in 2:01.66.  Another freshman, Pauline Kaminski, had a great race in the 200-yard breaststroke.  She pulled ahead of a Harvard competitor in the final 50 meters of the race to finish in second place in 2:19.75.  Teammates Ali Stephens-Pickeral and Elizabeth Larsen finished in eighth and ninth place, respectively. 


            Cailley Silbert built off her strong performance in yesterday's 1000-yard freestyle to finish third in the 500-yard freestyle.  Silbert had a close race, but pulled ahead of a Princeton competitor in the final 100 yards of the race.  Fellow freshman Danielle Liu finished in sixth and sophomore Olivia Jameson finished in ninth. 


            Maddy Zimmerman led a close race in the 100-yard butterfly and maintained the lead to finish first in 54.92.  Junior Kasey Mann finished fifth in 56.16, a personal best time. 


            In the 200-yard individual medley, Chintanaphol and Kate Rogers touched in fifth and eighth place, respectively. 


            The swimming events finished with the 400-yard freestyle relay.  Yale's "A" relay touched in third in 3:25.68; the "B" relay touched in eighth in 3:32.11. 


            Sophomore diver Lilybet MacRae significantly improved on her 3-meter performance by finishing in second place in the 1-meter diving event. Kelly Sherman finished in sixth and freshman McKenna Tennant finished in 10th


            "It was a great collegiate meet with close races and high energy.  Both the swimmers and divers improved upon their performances from the first day.  We continue to improve as a team, remaining on track to be at our best at the Ivy League Championship.  All of us are excited for Ivy's," said Jim Henry, Robert J.H. Kiphuth Head Coach of Women's Swimming and Diving.


            The Bulldogs have one final dual meet left in the regular competition season; they will compete against Brown on Feb. 7 in the Kiphuth Exhibition Pool in Payne Whitney Gymnasium.   The dual meet versus Brown will also serve as the senior recognition meet for the three graduating seniors, Becky DeLaFuente, Elizabeth Larsen, and Jacqui Levere The meet will also attract vast numbers of alumni for the 40th Celebration of women's swimming and diving at Yale. 


Report filed by Emma Smith '16, Yale Sports Publicity