COLUMBUS, Ohio-- The Bulldogs completed the first day of prelims and finals with extraordinary performed in both swimming and diving events.The Bulldogs completed the first day of prelims and finals with extraordinary performed in both swimming and diving events.
Racing in the A-relay of the 200-yard freestyle relay were Yale's Bella Hindley, Hanna Blankemeier, Claire O'Mara and Kate Rogers. They squeezed into fifth (1:31.44) just 0.06 seconds ahead of Notre Dame and 0.02 seconds away from Pennsylvania. Competing as the B-relay were Cassidy Richards, Charlotte Hylinski, Maddy Zimmerman and Lili Margitai, who snuck into sixteenth (1:34.57) in finals just a couple of seconds in front of Kenyon's A-relay.
Leading the individual events, Kendall Brent placed eighth (4:50.70) in the B-finals of the 500-yard freestyle. Her teammate Sophie Fontaine followed her shortly behind, finishing ninth in the B-finals (4:51.02). In the C-finals, their teammate Cailley Silbert tied for second (4:51.28) with one of Pittsburgh's first years.
In the 200-yard individual medley, Destiny Nelson raced in the A-finals, placing eighth (2:00.03). Her teammate Lili Margitai competed in the B-finals, placing tenth with a time of 2:03.05. Meanwhile, Bebe Thompson represented Yale in the C-finals, finishing ninth (2:03.50).
Hindley swam in the 50-yard freestyle as her first individual event, tying for fourth (22.63) with one of North Carolina State's seniors.
To finish off the swimming events, Yale's A-relay placed fourth (3:37.16) overall in the 400-yard medley relay with Heidi VanderWel leading in the backstroke, Cha O'Leary in the breastroke leg, Zimmerman in the butterfly leg and Hindley in the freestyle leg.
By the end of the first night, yale was fifth overall with 112.5 points in between Notre Dame (185) and Pittsburgh (82).
Report filed by Angela Lee, YSPH '18, Yale Sports Publicity