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Bulldogs Finish Day 1 of Championships First after Record-Breaking Relay

Yale's victorious 200 medley relay team, which set Ivy League, Ivy League Championship, pool and team records.
Yale's victorious 200 medley relay team, which set Ivy League, Ivy League Championship, pool and team records.

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - Thanks to a record-breaking performance in the 200-yard medley relay, the Yale women's swimming and diving team began the Ivy League Championships with a strong start. The team is currently tied for first with Harvard with 118 points.

Yale's 200-yard medley made the NCAA B-cut and set the Ivy League, meet, pool and school records with a time of 1:37.30. In that event, Heidi VanderWel led the backstroke leg with a time of 24.81, Cha O'Leary the breaststroke leg, Maddy Zimmerman the butterfly leg and Bella Hindley the freestyle leg.

In the 800-yard freestyle relay, first year Claire O'Mara went first for Yale, then junior Destiny Nelson, then sophomore Lili Margitai and sophomore Sophie Fontaine as the finishing leg. As a team, the four swimmers finished third, beating the pool record - originally 7:12.62 - with the time of 7:12.51.

The Bulldogs prepare for the second day of the meet, which will be the start of the individual events.

 

Report by Angela Lee, YSPH '18, Yale Sports Publicity