COLUMBUS, Ohio--The Bulldogs gained strength on day two of the Ohio State Invitational, posting multiple top-10 finishes in individual and relay events. The evening finals session was also highlighted by another new Yale team record for Destiny Nelson.
In the opening event, the 200-yard medley relay, Yale's "A" squad of Isabella Hindley, Charlotte O'Leary, Maddy Zimmerman and Kina Zhou finished in fourth place with a final time of 1:40.01. The race was close, with the second through sixth place teams finishing within one second of each other. Yale's "B" squad of Heidi VanderWel, Pauline Kaminski, Lili Margitai and Kate Rogers finished in 11th place to bring in extra points for the Bulldogs.
Sophomore Nelson followed up her success yesterday with another Yale school record in the 400-yard individual medley. Her final time of 4:13.73 beat the former record of 4:14.24 set in 2014 by Emma Smith '16. Nelson finished in eighth place and also made the NCAA "B" qualifying time standard in the event. Fellow Bulldogs Beatrix Thompson, Michelle Chintanaphol, Sydney Hirschi and Sophie Pilkinton took 22nd, 24th, 31st, and 32nd place, respectively, each improving upon their swim from the morning preliminaries.
In the 100-yard butterfly, Bulldog duo Margitai and Zimmerman took fifth and sixth places in 53.95 and 53.99, respectively. Hirschi followed up her individual medley race with a 13th place finish in the butterfly event in 54.20. Senior Isla Hutchinson-Maddox took 36th in 56.64.
In the 200-yard freestyle, Zhou finished in eighth place in 1:47.44, an NCAA "B" qualifying time. Freshman Sophie Fontaine and sophomore Danielle Liu brought in extra points for the Bulldogs as they finished in 12th and 15th place, respectively. Senior Olivia Jameson improved upon her preliminary swim by a few tenths to finish in 1:50.40, taking 27th place.
The 100-yard breaststroke was a chance for freshman O'Leary to shine. She swam a 1:01.55 in the preliminaries and followed it up with a 1:02.02 in finals to finish in ninth place. Her preliminary swim was just six one-hundredths off of the NCAA "B" cut in that event. Sophomore Kaminski also posted a solid time of 1:03.04 in finals, taking 16th place. Ashley Pales and Alexa Kalandiak rounded out the Bulldogs representation in the "C" and "D" finals.
In the final individual event of the evening, the 100-yard backstroke, Hindley took 13th place in a 54.63, an NCAA "B" cut in that event. Fontaine also competed in the "B" final with Hindley, taking 18th place in 55.62. Chintanaphol, Rogers, and Jacquelyn Du represented Yale in the "C" final.
The closing event, the 800-yard freestyle, saw challenging competition, especially from Stanford and Kentucky, but the Yale "A" squad of Nelson, Margitai, Liu, and Zhou secured a seventh place finish in 7:18. 63. The "B" squad of Rogers, Thompson, Hutchinson-Maddox, and Jameson took 11th place.
At the conclusion of day two, Yale remains in fifth place in the team standings. The Bulldogs will look to continue their momentum and success in the third and final day of competition with more NCAA "B" cuts and final swims.
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Report filed by Emma Smith, YSPH '17, Yale Sports Publicity