COLUMBUS, Ohio-- Into the third and final day of the three-day meet, the Bulldogs raced to the end with amazing performances.
Cailley Silbert scored for the the team in the 1,650-yard freestyle, finishing tenth (16:32.15) overall. In the 200-yard backstroke, Destiny Nelson scored for the team in the B-finals, snatching first (1:56.56) from Pittsburgh's swimmer. Her teammate Cate Sawkins also stole first (1:58.10) but from Kenyon's swimmer in the C-finals.
Bella Hindley raced in the A-finals of the 100-yard freestyle, stealing sixth (49.42) just under 0.5 seconds from Ohio State University's swimmer. Her teammate Lili Margitai raced in the C-finals, finishing ninth with a time of 51.62.
Representing Yale in the A-finals of the 200-yard breastroke, Cha O'Leary swam two seconds faster than her time in the preliminaries, placing sixth (2.12.44) in between North Carolina and Notre Dame. Her teammate Paulina Kaminski raced in the B-finals, finishing eighth with a time of 2:17.62.
In the 200-yard butterfly, five of the team's swimmer made it into the B and C-finals. Carrie Heilbrum, Sophie Fontaine and Bebe Thompson competed in the B-finals, finishing fourth (2:00.62), sixth (2:00.93) and seventh (2:01.07) respectively. Maddy Zimmerman and Charlotte Hylinski raced in the C-finals, placing fourth (2:01.76) and fifth (2:01.90) respectively.
To finish off the swimming portion of the meet, the Bulldogs' A- and B-relays scored points for the team in the 400-yard freestyle relay. Kate Rogers led the A-relay with Lili Margitai, Claire O'Mara and Hindley following. Together they finished tenth (3:22.50) overall. In the B-relay were Cheryl Xiang, Cassidy Richards, Hanna Blankemeier and Sophie Fontaine. Together they finished not too far behind from the A-relay, finishing twelfth (3:24.51).
Overall the Bulldogs finished strong by the end of the competition. They placed fifth overall with a score of 293.50.
Proud of the team's performance Robert J.H. Kiputh Coach commented, "The depth and quality of the team was displayed with the number of second swims and dives at finals. We improved our performances as the meet progressed. It was great to compete against some top teams in the country at the host pool of this years Women's NCAA Championships. We are all looking forward to a great month of training starting Monday."
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Report filed by Angela Lee, YSPH '18, Yale Sports Publicity