HANOVER, N.H. – The Yale women's swimming and diving team won the the tri-meet against Dartmouth and Penn by a landslide, capturing first three places in majority of the events. The team also broke several pool records in relays as well as individual events.
The first day, Yale's A-relay out-swam the pool record set by Columbia by almost a full second in the 200-yard freestyle relay, finishing first with a time of 1:35.09. Cha O'Leary won the 100-yard breastroke while beating the pool record by over a full second with a time of 1:03.19. Yale's A-relay in the 400-yard medley relay crushed Dartmouth's pool record by over five seconds, winning the event with a time of 3:45.52.
The second day, Yale's A-relay stole first place while defeating the pool record - originally 1:44.54 and now 1:43.83 - in the 200-yard medley relay. In the 400-yard individual medley, both of Yale's Destiny Nelson (4:21.13) and Sophie Pilkinton (4:27.54) swam faster the pool record, a time that had not been beat in over 10 years. Nelson once again set a pool record but this time in the 200-yard backstroke with a time of 1:59.61. Though finishing second, Cailley Silbert out-swam the original pool record that had been set by alumnus Eva Fabian in the 500-yard freestyle with a time of 4:55.32 - only 0.02 seconds away from Penn's swimmer.
Satisfied with the performances, Associate Head Coach Kyle Schack comments, "Coming off the annual recess training camp the members of the team have forged a stronger bond with each other. Their support of the team and high compete level created some great opportunities at Dartmouth. We are happy to see people capitalize on their opportunities and turn these moments into great experiences."
Continuing their momentum, the Bulldogs prepare for their Ivy League dual meet against Cornell, ready to take home another win.
Report filed by Angela Lee, YSPH '18, Yale Sports Publicity