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Yale Moves into First Place on Day Three of Ivy Championships

200-yard medley relay (the new Yale and Ivy League record)
200-yard medley relay (the new Yale and Ivy League record)


PROVIDENCE, R.I.--The Yale women's swimming and diving team demonstrated their depth during day three of competition at the Ivy League Championships.  Fourteen Bulldogs qualified for finals or consolation finals based on their prelim performances in individual swimming events and two Bulldogs were in the top seeded heat of the 1000-yard freestyle.  During prelims, thirteen performances were under the NCAA B qualifying time in the respective event and Charlotte O'Leary's prelim time of 1:00.88 in the 100-yard breaststroke was a new Brown pool record.  Three Bulldogs qualified for finals in the 3-meter diving event and three divers qualified for the consolation finals.   

The evening was highlighted by two new Yale record swims in individual events from Cailley Silbert in the 1000-yard freestyle (9:44.17) and Heidi VanderWel in the 100-yard backstroke (52.79).  Silbert, VanderWel and O'Leary earned individual event titles.  The Bulldogs continued their relay sweep with a victory in the 400-yard medley relay with new meet, pool, Ivy, and Yale record (3:35.95).  At the conclusion of day three, the Bulldogs sit in first place in the team standings.

The night started off with the top-seeded heat of the 1000-yard freestyle.  Silbert defended her 2016 Ivy title by taking the top place by nearly three seconds, clocking in at 9:44.17.  Her time was also a new Yale record, besting the old record of 9:46.08 set by Eva Fabian '16.  Fellow Bulldog Kendall Brent took fourth place with a final time of 9:53.56.  

In the 400-yard individual medley, sophomore Destiny Nelson took second place in 4:15.23, about a second behind Harvard's Sonia Wang.  Teammates Sydney Hirschi and Beatrix Thompson took fourth and seventh in 4:17.96 and 4:19.37, respectively.  Michelle Chintanaphol competed in the consolation finals and grabbed a ninth-place finish with a final time of 4:20.13.

The 100-yard butterfly was a very tight race.  Two-time Ivy champion in the event, Maddy Zimmerman, was narrowly edged out by a Harvard competitor by two one-hundredths of a second to take second place with a time of 52.94.  Teammate VanderWel took third with a time of 53.80 and Lili Margitai was right behind her with a time of 53.82.  

Kina Zhou was the top Bulldog in the 200-yard freestyle, taking third place with a final time of 1:46.86.  Olivia Jameson and Sophie Fontaine took fifth and seventh in 1:47.57 and 1:48.59, respectively.  Kate Rogers competed in the consolation final and finished in 14th place with a personal best time of 1:49.84.   

After posting a new pool record during prelims, freshman O'Leary came back to win the 100-yard backstroke in finals with a time of 1:00.94.  Pauline Kaminski took fourth place with a time of 1:02.11.  

VanderWel and Isabella Hindley went 1-2 in the 100-yard backstroke, finishing in 52.79 and 53.34, respectively.  VanderWel's time was a new yale record, besting the former record of 54.07 held by Hindley.  Fontaine took seventh with a final time of 55.51 and Rogers took 12th place with a final time of 55.42 in the consolation final.  

Samantha Traina, Hannah Walsh and Olivia Loucks competed in the consolation finals of the 3-meter diving event. Walsh earned an 11th place finish, Traina a 12th place finish and Loucks a 13th place finish.  The finals for the event will be held tomorrow evening; keep an eye out for Yale's Talbott Paulsen, Mckenna Tennant, and Lilybet MacRae.  

The last event of the evening was the 400-yard medley relay.  VanderWel, O'Leary, Zimmerman and Zhou swam their way to the Bulldogs' fourth relay victory of the meet with a final time of 3:35.95, a new meet, pool, Ivy, and Yale record.  


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