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Bulldogs Set to Open Season with Brown and University of Massachusetts

Danielle Liu '18 (Photograph: C. Liu)
Danielle Liu '18 (Photograph: C. Liu)

NEW HAVEN, Conn.--The Yale women's swimming and diving team is set to open the 2016-2017 season with a tri-meet against Brown and the University of Massachusetts.  The meet will be contested along with the Yale men's team and will take place at the Katherine Moran Coleman Aquatics Center in Providence, R.I.  

The Bulldogs have a strong squad this season, despite the loss of key point-earners to graduation earlier this year.  For the eight freshmen and one sophomore transfer, this will be the first official competition as a Bulldog, though those athletes have already had a taste of collegiate competition in a scrimmage against the United States Military Academy in mid-October.

The Bulldogs performed well against the Military Academy, with multiple event victories and Destiny Nelson being named Ivy League swimmer of the week for her performances in the 200-yard freestyle (1:51.97), 200-yard backstroke (2:00.06) and 100-yard freestyle (52.75).

Returners Isabella Hindley and Kina Zhou had solid early-season times in the 100-yard freestyle (50.90) and 50-yard freestyle (23.42), respectively.  Cailley Silbert took the win in the 1000-yard freestyle in 10:08.35.  

Freshmen Sophie Fontaine, Lili Margitai, Charlotte O'Leary and Beatrix Thompson also posted top times.  In the 200-yard butterfly, Fontaine led a 1-2-3 sweep with a final time of 2:03.38, closely followed by Margitai in 2:03.58 and Thompson in 2:03.89.  O'Leary took the 100-yard breaststroke in 1:04.04.  

In the 1-meter diving competition, Talbott Paulsen, McKenna Tennant and Lilybet MacRae swept the top three places.

Given their strong early-season racing in the scrimmage, the Bulldogs are well-poised for a successful season- and Ivy-opener against Brown and Massachusetts this weekend.  

Competition will begin at 12:00 p.m. on Saturday at the Katherine Moran Coleman Aquatics Center at Brown University in Providence, R.I.

Report filed by Emma Smith, YSPH '17, Yale Sports Publicity