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Dartmouth and Penn Fall to Yale in Tri-Meet

Olivia Jameson '17
Olivia Jameson '17

NEW HAVEN, Conn.—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. 


In the opening individual event, distance swimmer Cailley Silbert controlled the field, taking the win in 10:06.70.  She was followed up by Danielle Liu in second place with a final time of 10:12.20.  Fellow teammates Kendall Brent and Isla Hutchinson-Maddox finished in fourth and sixth places, respectively.


The second distance freestyle event, the 500-yard freestyle, featured a much tighter field.  Penn snagged the top two spots and Olivia Jameson snuck into third with a final time of 4:59.38.  Liu, Brent, and Hutchinson-Maddox took fifth, seventh and eighth, respectively. 


Senior Kina Zhou emerged more than two seconds ahead in the 200-yard freestyle, winning the event in 1:49.30.  Fellow senior Jameson was third in 1:52.00.  Freshmen Lili Margitai and Sophie Fontaine pulled in a few extra points with fifth and sixth place finishes, respectively. 


The Bulldogs snagged 1-2-3 sweeps in both backstroke events.  Hindley led in the 100-yard backstroke, winning the event in 55.69.  VanderWel was close behind, taking second place in 55.78.  Destiny Nelson took third in 56.46.  In the 200-yard event, Nelson led in 2:01.14, followed by VanderWel and Michelle Chintanaphol


The sprint freestyle events were strong for the Bulldogs, including a 100-yard freestyle, led by Zhou in 51.04.  Margitai and Rogers took second and third, respectively.   Hindley and Zhou took the top two spots in the 50-yard freestyle in 23.35 and 23.46, respectively. 


Freshman O'Leary bested the field by nearly three seconds in the 100-yard breaststroke, winning the event in 1:03.95.  Teammate Kaminski took third in 1:06.36 and Sophie Pilkinton and Ashley Pales tied for fifth place with a final time of 1:07.00.  O'Leary also won the 200-yard breaststroke (2:20.85), followed up by Kaminski in third (2:21.92), who was narrowly out-touched by a Penn competitor. 


Zimmerman and Margitai paired up to take 1-2 in the 100-yard butterfly, with final times of 56.05 and 56.34, respectively.  Sydney Hirschi won the 200-yard butterfly in 2:02.84, followed up by Beatrix Thompson in third and Carrie Heilbrun in fourth. 


Nelson, Pilkinton and Thompson took a 1-2-3 sweep of the final individual event of the meet, the 200-yard individual medley, touching in 2:03.94, 2:05.54 and 2:06.83, respectively.  Hirschi tied for fourth place. 


Another victory in the 400-yard freestyle relay, an event in which they fell to the Penn Quakers in last year's matchup, rounded out the meet for the Bulldogs.  The "A" squad of Margitai, Rogers, Hindley and Zhou won the event in 3:25.43, five seconds ahead of Penn's "A" squad.  The Yale "B" squad of Liu, Jameson, Fontaine and Nelson took third with a final time of 3:31.35. 


The two victories today bring the Bulldogs' Ivy dual record to 5-0 this season, with the tri-meet against Harvard and Princeton remaining.  The team will return to competition next weekend with another tri-meet against Penn State and Rutgers, hosted by Penn State. 


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