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Bulldogs Upset Penn State and Rutgers to Remain Undefeated

Bulldogs Upset Penn State and Rutgers to Remain Undefeated


STATE COLLEGE, Pa.--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, leaving them undefeated in dual and tri-meet competition so far this season.  The final score against Penn State was 215-137 and the final score against Rutgers was 255-98.


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. 


Junior Cailley Silbert, who took third in last night's 1000-yard freestyle, took fourth place in the 500-yard freesytle in 4:56.78.  Teammates Kendall Brent and Isla Hutchinson-Maddox took fifth and sixth, respectively. 


Sprint duo Hindley and Kina Zhou went 1-2 in the 100-yard freestyle, finishing just four one-hundredths apart in 50.53 and 50.57, respectively.  Margitai took fourth in that event with a final time of 51.85.


Destiny Nelson led the pack in the 200-yard backstroke, touching first in 2:00.76, ahead of a slew of Penn State and Rutgers competitors.  Olivia Jameson, Rogers and Elizabeth Felix took fifth through seventh places, respectively.   


In the 100-yard butterfly, Zimmerman pulled out a second place finish in 55.87 and Zhou was right on her heels in third place in 55.90. 


The breaststroke trio of O'Leary, Kaminski and Ashley Pales found success in the 200-yard breaststroke event, following up on their solid finishes in last night's 100-yard event.  O'Leary took second behind a Penn State competitor in 2:18.36, Kaminski took third in 2:19.16 and Pales took seventh in 2:25.66. 


In the final individual swimming event of the meet, the 400-yard individual medley, Nelson was the top-scoring Bulldog, finishing in second with a final time of 4:20.66.  Pilkinton was fourth in 4:25.04, Michelle Chintanaphol was fifth in 4:27.75 and Beatrix Thompson was sixth in 4:28.17. 


In the final relay event of the meet, the 400-yard freestyle relay, the Bulldogs "A" squad grabbed a first place finish in 3:21.44.  The "B" squad was fourth in 3:30.35. 


Diving was highlighted by a quad of strong finishes in the top eight of the 1-meter event from Talbott Paulsen, Lilybet MacRae, McKenna Tennant, and Hannah Walsh.  Paulsen was second with 297.20 points, MacRae was fourth with 275.90 points, Tennant was fifth with 273.70 points, and Walsh was eighth with 249.75 points.  


Head Diving Coach, Chris Bergere, was pleased with the results and said, "The divers performed very well today.  They are getting better and still finding small skills to improve on."


This leaves the Bulldogs undefeated so far this season in dual and tri-meet competition, with a record of 13-0, with just one dual and one tri remaining before the championship season begins in mid-February.


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