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Bulldogs Dominate Competition and Defeat Harvard and Princeton

Danielle Liu, '19.  Photo Credit: YSDA
Danielle Liu, '19. Photo Credit: YSDA


NEW HAVEN, Conn.--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, 223.60-76.50 and defeated Princeton, 230-70.  This leaves the Bulldogs with an undefeated regular season record, 16-0 and 7-0 in the Ivy League.   


Robert J.H. Kiphuth Head Coach of Women's Swimming, Jim Henry, said that the victory required contributions from every team member and that the two wins get the team closer to their remaining end-of-season goals at the Ivy League Championships and NCAA Championships.  He added, "I will forever be grateful for this senior class for placing confidence in a vision and making it happen."  


Day two started off with a 1-2 finish by Talbott Paulsen and Lilybet MacRae in the 1-meter diving event with scores of 302.35 and 274.55 points, respectively.  McKenna Tennant took seventh with a score of 259.40 points.  


In the 100-yard freestyle, Kina Zhou and Isabella Hindley took 1-2, finishing in 49.88 and 50.22, respectively.  Kate Rogers took fifth with a final time of 51.50.  


Heidi VanderWel took an early lead in the 200-yard backstroke and hung on to win the event in 1:59.69.  Elizabeth Felix took third in 2:00.74, Jacquelyn Du took fifth in 2:01.24, and Olivia Jameson took sixth in 2:01.36.  


Freshman Charlotte O'Leary was victorious in the 200-yard breaststroke in 2:16.87.  Pauline Kaminski and Ashley Pales were not far behind in 2:18.64 and 2:18.75, respectively.


The Bulldogs grabbed another 1-2 finish in the 500-yard freestyle, led by Danielle Liu in 4:50.94.  Senior Isla Hutchinson-Maddox capped off her Yale swimming career with a second-place finish with a final time of 4:51.30.  Cailley Silbert and Kendall Brent pulled in a few extra points by finishing in fourth and sixth places, respectively.  


In the 100-yard butterfly, Lili Margitai bested the field by more than half a second to win the event in 54.84.  Maddy Zimmerman tied for second with a Harvard competitor in 55.41.  


Liu and Sophie Pilkinton paired up to take the top two places in the final individual event of the day, the 200-yard individual medley.  Liu's final time was 2:02.54 and Pilkinton's was 2:04.45.  Kaminski also took sixth place in 2:06.77.  


The Bulldogs finished the meet on a strong note, with a victory and a new pool record in the 400-yard freestyle relay.  The "A" squad of Margitai, Hindley, Jameson and Zhou finished in 3:21.61, nearly four seconds ahead of their Harvard competitors.  The "B" and "C" squads took fourth and fifth places.  


Now the team will return to training and preparing for the upcoming Ivy League Championships, which will be held in Providence, R.I., Feb. 15-18.  


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