2016-2017 Women's Swimming and Diving News

  • Kaminski Named 2017-2018 Captain
    April 20, 2017
    The Yale women’s swimming and diving team voted junior Paulina Kaminski to be the team captain for the 2017-2018 season. She will take over the role from outgoing senior captain Michelle Chintanaphol. Kaminski is a History of Science, Medicine, and Public Health major in Davenport college. Since her freshman season, Kaminski has been one of the team’s top breaststrokers, placing in the top-eight at the Ivy League Championships multiple times and adding depth to relays. She was the 2015 recipient of the M. Davies Award and is a former Yale school record holder.
  • Swimmers and Divers Honored at Season Banquet
    April 19, 2017
    The Yale women's swimming and diving team hosted its 2016-2017 season banquet with the men's swimming and diving team this evening. The event recognized the team's historic Ivy League Championship and their undefeated dual season. Nine team members and one non-team member also earned individual awards that honor notable alumni of the swimming and diving program. The Harry Burke Award, which was established by the Yale Swimming Association in 1966 to honor Yale's retired coach, Harry Burke, honors an underclassmen for their outstanding contribution to Yale swimming. Sophomore Bella Hindley received this year's honor. Building on her successful freshman season, Hindley proved her powerhouse status again this season. She won the 50-yard and 100-yard freestyle individual events and was a member of four record-setting relays at the Ivy League Championships. She was named to the All-Ivy First Team her freshman and sophomore season and holds Yale records in multiple events.
  • Winter Academic All-Ivy Announced
    April 13, 2017
    The Ivy League released its list of student-athletes selected for 2016-17 Academic All-Ivy honors in its winter sports today. Ten Bulldogs were recognized. They were starters or key reserves on an officially recognized varsity team with 3.0 or better cumulative grade point averages.
  • Bulldogs Host Annual Community Service Event
    April 12, 2017
    This past weekend, the Yale women’s swimming and diving team, in conjunction with the men’s swimming and diving team, hosted their annual community service event. The event, Swim New Haven, is a partner effort with the Boys and Girls Club of New Haven and the St. Martin De Porres Academy. The Yale Swimming and Diving Alumni Association is also involved in providing support for the program.
  • Tennant Has Solid Performances at NCAA Zones
    March 07, 2017
    Junior McKenna Tennant of the Yale women's swimming and diving team wrapped up her performances at the NCAA Zone Diving Championships today. Tennant finished in 26th place in the 3-meter event (245.25 points) and 28th place in the 1-meter event (227.95 points). Although she did not qualify for finals, her performance on both boards placed her in the top half of all competitors, an impressive feat considering the high level of competition. Head diving coach Chris Bergere noted that Tennant performed a respectable list of dives in the 3-meter event and that she remained optimistic throughout. The experience will be valuable for Tennant as she moves towards her final season as a Bulldog in 2017-2018.
  • Tennant to Compete at NCAA Zone Diving Championship
    March 03, 2017
    Junior of the women’s swimming and diving team McKenna Tennant is set to compete at the NCAA Zone Diving Championship next week. The meet will be contested at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Va., Mar. 6-7. This will be the most challenging competition that Tennant has faced all year, but Head Diving Coach Chris Bergere noted that it will be a valuable experience for Tennant and it will make her stronger mentally. That will be especially important as she looks towards her senior season next year.
  • Bulldogs Earn All-Ivy Recognition, Henry is Ivy League Coach of the Year
    February 24, 2017
    Following the Bulldogs' Ivy League Championships Title, multiple team members were named to the All-Ivy team, four members won special awards, and Robert J.H. Kiphuth Head Coach of Women's Swimming and Diving, Jim Henry was named Ivy League Coach of the Year. This is Henry's fifth season with the Bulldogs, who earned the program's first Ivy League Championship title in twenty years. Teammates Bella Hindley and Cailley Silbert shared the honor of Individual High Point Swimmer of the Meet. Hindley won the 50-yard freestyle and 100-yard freestyle and placed second in the 100-yard backstroke. Silbert won the 1000-yard freestyle and the 1650-yard freestyel and placed second in the 500-yard freestyle.
  • Yale Wins Ivy League Championship for First Time in Two Decades
    February 18, 2017
    The Yale women’s swimming and diving team captured its first Ivy League Championship since 1997 Saturday following four days of competition at the Ivy League Swimming and Diving Championships. The team fought a close battle against Harvard before pulling ahead on day three and holding on for the win with 1681 points. Throughout the meet, the Bulldogs set 12 Yale records and five Ivy League records.
  • Yale Moves into First Place on Day Three of Ivy Championships
    February 17, 2017
    The Yale women’s swimming and diving team demonstrated their depth during day three of competition at the Ivy League Championships. Fourteen Bulldogs qualified for finals or consolation finals based on their prelim performances in individual swimming events and two Bulldogs were in the top seeded heat of the 1000-yard freestyle. During prelims, thirteen performances were under the NCAA B qualifying time in the respective event and Charlotte O’Leary’s prelim time of 1:00.88 in the 100-yard breaststroke was a new Brown pool record. Three Bulldogs qualified for finals in the 3-meter diving event and three divers qualified for the consolation finals.
  • Another Relay Victory and Three School Records on Day Two of Ivy Championships
    February 16, 2017
    The Yale women’s swimming and diving team followed up on their early successes with a strong second day at the Ivy League Swimming and Diving Championships. Eleven swimmers qualified for finals in individual events and four divers qualified for finals in the 1-meter diving event. Destiny Nelson secured a new Yale record in the 200-yard individual medley, Isabella Hindley posted a new record in the 50-yard freestyle and the 200-yard freestyle relay squad of Hindley, Kate Rogers, Maddy Zimmerman and Kina Zhou also posted a new Yale record time.
  • Bulldogs Start Ivy Championships with Three School and Two Ivy Records
    February 15, 2017
    The Yale women’s swimming and diving team got off to a strong start on the first day of the Ivy League Swimming and Diving Championships with three new Yale records and two new Ivy League records. At the conclusion of day one, they sit firmly in first place in the team rankings. In the first event, the 200-yard medley relay, Yale took first place with a final time of 1:37.71, beating the former Yale and Ivy record (1:39.06) by more than a second. Heidi VanderWel led off the with a 24.77 backstroke split, followed by Charlotte O’Leary on the breaststroke split (27.69), Maddy Zimmerman on the butterfly split (23.46) and Isabella Hindley on the freestyle split (21.79).
  • Undefeated Bulldogs Ready to take on Ivy Championship Challenge
    February 13, 2017
    The Yale women’s swimming and diving team, undefeated thus far this season, is prepared for its next challenge, the Ivy League Championships. The four-day meet, which begins on Wednesday, will give the Bulldogs a shot at the Ivy League Championship title, which they only narrowly lost to Harvard in the 2016 Championships. Competition will be held at the Katherine Moran Aquatics Center at Brown in Providence, R.I. It begins with the 800-yard freestyle relay on Wednesday evening at 6:00 p.m. and will continue with three days of prelim-final competition from Thursday to Saturday, with prelim swimming sessions beginning at 11:00 a.m., prelim diving sessions at 1:30 p.m. and final sessions beginning at 6:00 p.m.
  • Liu and Zhou Earn Swimmer of the Week Honors
    February 07, 2017
    Danielle Liu '18 and Kina Zhou '17 earned swimmer of the week honors his week from Collegeswimming.com. Both women had strong performances at the HYP meet last weekend and were instrumental in helping Yale to it's victory over Harvard and Princeton.
  • Bulldogs Dominate Competition and Defeat Harvard and Princeton
    February 04, 2017
    The Yale women’s swimming and diving team built on their successes from day one to emerge victorious after day two of HYP competition. The Bulldogs defeated Harvard, 223.50-76.50 and defeated Princeton, 230-70. This leaves the Bulldogs with an undefeated regular season record, 16-0 and 7-0 in the Ivy League.
  • Bulldogs Take the Lead After Day One of HYP
    February 03, 2017
    The Yale women’s swimming and diving team dominated day one of the tri-meet against Harvard and Princeton at the conclusion of the first of two days of competition. The team score against Harvard stands at 107-43 and the team score against Princeton stands at 115-35. The day started off on a strong note with the 3-meter diving event. The field of divers was the deepest in the Ivy League and competition was tough. Senior Lilybet MacRae won the event by nearly thirty points, with a final score of 322.20. McKenna Tennant took third with a final score of 284.55. Hannah Walsh and Talbott Paulsen finished in seventh and eighth, respectively.
  • Yale to Host Harvard and Princeton in HYP Showdown
    February 02, 2017
    The Yale women’s swimming and diving team is preparing to host the annual HYP meet this weekend, Feb. 3-4. The tri-meet meet will the be the last regular season competition for the Bulldogs before the Ivy Championships in February. All three teams, Harvard, Princeton and Yale, are undefeated in official Ivy dual meet competition so far this season, so this weekend’s showdown will determine who holds on to the undefeated record and earns the Ivy dual meet trophy.
  • Women Record 12th Highest Fall GPA Amongst Division I Teams
    January 25, 2017
    The Yale women's swimming and diving team recorded the 12th highest team GPA amongst all NCAA Division I women's teams for the fall semster, according to the College Swimming Coaches Association of America (CSCAA). The Bulldogs' fall 2016 GPA of 3.60 easily cleared the hurdle of 3.00 required to be considered for the Scholar All-America Award. In addition to their national ranking, the Bulldogs have the scond-highest GPA in the Ivy League, with Brown taking the top spot.
  • CCSU Falls and Bulldogs Remain Undefeated
    January 20, 2017
    The Yale women's swimming and diving team defeated Central Connecticut State University today, 158-80. The latest vicotry bolsters the Bulldogs undefeated record to 14-0. The meet was highlighted by numerous individual event and relay event victories, including a 1-2-3 sweep in the 1-meter diving event led by Talbott Paulsen, a sweep of the 100-yard butterfly led by Isabella Hindley, a sweep of the 500-yard freestyle led by Destiny Nelson, and sweeps of the 50-yard freestyle and 200-yard freestyle events, led by Amy Zhao and Beatrix Thompson, respectively.
  • Women’s Swimming and Diving Breaks into National Top 25
    January 18, 2017
    The Yale women’s swimming and diving team has broken into the top-25 NCAA Division I team rankings, according to the most recent poll published by the College Swim Coaches Association of America (CSCAA). The Bulldogs’ undefeated dual record and recent upset of Penn State contributed to the ranking. The Bulldogs seat in 24th places them just behind powerhouses such as Florida, Ohio State, Duke and Virginia Tech.
  • Bulldogs Upset Penn State and Rutgers to Remain Undefeated
    January 14, 2017
    The Yale women’s swimming and diving team wrapped up the second and final day of competition against Penn State and Rutgers by defeating both teams. Day two started off on a strong note with a victory in the 200-yard medley relay from the “A” squad of Heidi VanderWel, Charlotte O’Leary, Maddy Zimmerman and Isabella Hindley with a final time of 1:43.12. They just out-touched the Penn State “A” squad by half a second. Yale’s “B” squad of Jacquelyn Du, Pauline Kaminski, Lili Margitai and Kate Rogers was not far behind, taking third place with a final time of 1:44.68.
  • Bulldogs Conclude Day One of Penn State and Rutgers Tri-Meet on Strong Note
    January 13, 2017
    The Yale women’s swimming and diving team completed the first of two days of competition against Penn State and Rutgers. Day one was highlighted by two relay victories and four individual victories against a very competitive field. Currently, Yale sits in the lead, 132-54 against Rutgers and 123-62 against Penn State.
  • Undefeated Bulldogs to Take on Two Non-Ivy Teams This Weekend
    January 11, 2017
    The Yale women’s swimming and diving team will take on Penn State and Rutgers on Jan. 13-14 in a tri-meet. Last year, the Bulldogs took on Penn State and Rutgers at home and defeated Rutgers 231-122, but fell to Penn State, 157-196. This year, given their recent successes against both Ivy and non-Ivy teams, the Bulldogs hope to remain undefeated after the weekend matchup. That will take a total team effort, with strong individual and relay event performances, as well as solid performances from the divers.
  • Dartmouth and Penn Fall to Yale in Tri-Meet
    January 07, 2017
    After a strong start with the diving events last night, the swimmers continued to dominate Dartmouth and Penn, emerging victorious over both teams. The final score against Dartmouth was 252-48 and the final score against Penn was 221-79. In the swimming events, the Bulldogs started off with a strong 1-2 finish in the 200-yard medley relay. The “A” squad of Heidi VanderWel, Charlotte O’Leary, Maddy Zimmerman and Isabella Hindley won with a final time of 1:42.78. The “B” squad of Jacquelyn Du, Pauline Kaminski, Sydney Hirschi and Kate Rogers grabbed a second-place finish with a final time of 1:46.80, still nearly two seconds ahead of Penn’s “A” squad.
  • Bulldogs Dominate Diving Events against Dartmouth and Penn
    January 06, 2017
    The Yale women's swimming and diving team started the tri-meet against Dartmouth and Penn on a strong note with the 1-meter and 3-meter diving events. Yale divers swept the top six spots in the 1-meter event and the top four in the 3-meter event, reeling in nuemrous points for the Bulldogs. In the 3-meter event, Talbott Paulsen led the sweep with 316.95 points, followed by Hannah Walsh and Mckenna Tennant and Lilybet MacRae in second through fourth places with 273.20, 268.90 and 268.65 points, respectively. In addition, Samantha Traina took sixth place with 246.00 points and Olivia Loucks took seventh place with 244.10 points.
  • Yale to Host Dartmouth and Penn in Tri-Meet Matchup
    January 04, 2017
    The Yale women’s swimming and diving team will host Dartmouth and Penn this weekend in an Ivy League tri-meet. The matchup will come just a few days after the Bulldogs return from their winter training trip in Florida. Last year, the Bulldogs defeated both teams when the meet was held at the University of Pennsylvania. The final score against the Dartmouth Big Green was 249-51 and the final score against the Penn Quakers was 195-105. Historically, Penn has put up some strong competition in the relay events and that will be a good test for the Bulldogs again this year.
  • Bulldogs Defeat Calvin, Cornell and Florida International
    December 29, 2016
    The Yale women’s swimming and diving team started off their annual winter training trip with a quad meet against Calvin College, Cornell and Florida International University. The Bulldogs defeated all three teams: 251-46 against Calvin College, 235-64 against Cornell and 222-77 against Florida International. The meet was a good chance for the Bulldogs to get back into racing, as they will have a full schedule of competition in January and February after they return from the training trip. The competition started off strong with the 200-yard medley relay. The Yale “A” squad of Heidi VanderWel, Charlotte O’Leary, Maddy Zimmerman and Kina Zhou took first place in 1:42.67, about two seconds ahead of their Florida International competitors. The “B” squad of Jacquelyn Du, Pauline Kaminski, Lili Margitai and Isabella Hindley was right behind in third place.
  • Bulldogs to Contest Cornell in Florida
    December 27, 2016
    The Yale women’s swimming and diving team will be competing in a double-dual meet against Cornell and Florida International University in North Miami, Fla., later this week. The meet will be contested not far from the location of the winter training trip site for the Bulldogs, who will spend about one week in Florida after the meet to train outside and enjoy the weather. Last season’s matchup against Cornell was in Puerto Rico and the Bulldogs easily defeated the Big Red, 158-84. Yale took the win in nearly every individual event, including 1-2-3 sweeps of both diving events.
  • Bulldogs Take Down Southern Connecticut
    December 08, 2016
    The Yale women’s swimming and diving team took on Southern Connecticut State University this afternoon and came away victorious 157-83. The meet gave the Bulldogs one last chance to compete before they take a few weeks off of competition to focus on the end of the academic semester and winter training. On the swimming side, the meet started off strong with a 1-2 finish in the 200-yard medley relay. The “A” squad of Heidi VanderWel, Pauline Kaminski, Sydney Hirschi and Mackenzie Franklin took the win in 1:47.71. The “B” squad of Michelle Chintanaphol, Alexa Kalandiak, Isla Hutchinson-Maddox and Carrie Heilbrun took second with a final time of 1:51.35.
  • Bulldogs Ready for SCSU on Thursday
    December 06, 2016
    The Yale women’s swimming and diving team will take on Southern Connecticut State University this Thursday in the final dual meet before the student-athletes head into final exam period and the winter break from classes. Coming off their recent victories against Boston University and the University of Connecticut, this meet will provide one final competitive tune-up before the Bulldogs take a few weeks off of competition to focus on winter training. In past matchups with Southern Connecticut, the Bulldogs have come away victorious; last year, Yale won 155-97.
  • Bulldogs Take Down Connecticut and BU
    December 03, 2016
    The Yale women’s swimming and diving team took on two local non-Ivy teams today in a tri-meet hosted by the University of Connecticut. The Bulldogs beat the University of Connecticut, 182-117 and Boston University, 210-89. “It was a fantastic day of racing. To come away with two wins and five pool records is a great day,” commented Jim Henry, the Robert J.H. Kiphuth Head Coach of Women’s Swimming.
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