ORANGE, N.J. – The Yale women's swimming and diving team won once again with a 200-98 victory over Seton Hall.
Leading the race as Yale's A-relay, Jacquelyn Du, Ashley Pales, Charlotte Hylinski and Claire O'Mara took gold in the 200-yard medley relay with a time of 1:46.83. Sophie Fontaine, Mary Tate, Cassidy Richards and Amy Zhao participated as the B-relay, taking third place with a time of 1:51.00, just a second away from Seton Hall's A-relay.
Distance freestylers Danielle Liu and Nathalie Eid took first (10:13.04) and second (10:16.61) in the 1,000-yard freestyle. Similarly, middle distance freestylers Carrie Heilbrun and Kendall Brent stole first (1:53.52) and second (1:54.86) respectively in the 200-yard freestyle. In the 500-yard freestyle, Sophie Fontaine and Claire O'Mara flew to the front of the competition, placing first (5:02.25) and second (5:03.04), respectively. Cheryl Xiang and Carrie Heilbrun snatched first (53.04) and second (53.09) respectively in the 100-yard freestyle. Freestyle sprinter Kate Rogers snuck into third in the 50-yard freestyle with a time of 24.81, just 0.1 seconds away from Seton Hall's swimmer.
In the 100-yard backstroke, Fontaine and Kate Rogers snuck into first (58.08) and second (58.35), just half a second ahead of Seton Hall's swimmer. In similar fashion, Ashley Pales and Mary Tate snatched first (1:06.50) and second (1:06.68) respectively in the 100-yard breastroke. In the 100-yard butterfly, Carrie Heilbrun and Cha O'Leary took first (57.82) and third (59.38).
In the 200-yard butterfly, butterfliers Bebe Thompson, Charlotte Hylinski and Sophie Pilkinton blew away the field, finishing first (2:05.16), second (2:08.51) and third (2:09.38), respectively. Kate Rogers placed second in the 200-yard backstroke with a time of 2:06.16, approximately 0.4 seconds in front of Seton Hall's swimmer. Mary Tate also placed second in the 200-yard breastroke with a time of 2:25.43, over a full second in front of Seton Hall's swimmer.
Divers Hannah Walsh, McKenna Tennant and Nikki Watters executed outstanding performances in the 1-meter dive, finishing first (315.00), second (311.55) and third (294.60), respectively. Walsh, Tennant and Watters once again took first (308.17), second (305.17) and third (305.10) respectively in the 3-meter dive.
In the final relay, Heilbrun, Rogers, O'Mara and Liu led the A-relay in the 400-yard freestyle relay, finishing first with a time of 3:32.01. Hylinski, Cate Sawkins, Pilkinton and Thompson led the B-relay, finishing second with a time of 3:36.68, almost two full seconds ahead of Seton Hall's A-relay.
With this win, the Bulldogs once again extend their winning record. They will compete against Navy the next day and then prepare for their final dual meets of the season. The team will take on Harvard and Princeton on February 3-4 for the annual Harvard-Yale-Princeton meet.
Report by Angela Lee '18, Yale Sports Publicity