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Divers Excel; Bulldogs in Second After Day 2 of Championships

Yale's divers went 1 and 3 on 1M.
Yale's divers went 1 and 3 on 1M.

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - The Yale women's swimming and diving team finished the second day of the Ivy League Championships second overall. The team is currently at 503 points, only 42 points behind Harvard - the current leader.

Three of Yale's distance swimmer made the A-finals in the 500-yard freestyle. Kendall Brent placed third with a time of 4:47.35, making the NCAA B-cut. Cailley Silbert snuck into fourth just a few milliseconds behind Brent, also making the NCAA B-cut with a time of 4:47.44. Sophie Fontaine followed shortly behind Silbert, finishing with a time of 4:48.00, just a few milliseconds off the NCAA B-cut. In the B-final was Danielle Liu, who placed fourth with a time of 4:51.95. In the C-final was Nathalie Eid, who finished second with a time of 4:49.97.

In the 200-yard individual medley, Destiny Nelson made it to the A-final, finishing fourth with a time of 2:00.44, making the NCAA B-cut. Three of her teammates - Lili Margitai, Bebe Thompson, and Cate Sawkins - made it into the B-final, finishing first (2:00.45), second (2:01.09), and seventh (2:03.59), respectively. Margitai and Thompson both made the NCAA B-cut. In the C-final were Cha O'Leary, who won the heat with a time of 2:02.83, and Paulina Kaminski, who placed fifth with a time of 2:04.23.

Racing in the 50-yard freestyle were Bella Hindley, who made it to the A-final, Maddy Zimmerman, who competed in the B-final, and Claire O'Mara, who also swam in the B-final. Hindley won the heat, breaking the pool record - originally 22.45 - and making the NCAA B-cut with a time of 22.40. Zimmerman and O'Mara placed first (22.97) and sixth (23.27), respectively. Similar to Hindley, Zimmerman also made the NCAA B-cut, which was 22.99.

In the A-finals of the 1-meter dive were Nikki Watters and Hannah Walsh. Both Watters and Walsh made the NCAA A-cut, finishing first (293.35) and third (279.10), respectively. Their teammate McKenna Tennant competed in the B-final and finished second (265.30), also making the NCAA A-cut.

To finish off the day, the Yale relay slipped into second place in the 200-yard freestyle relay, beating the pool record with a time of 1:30.73.

Having completed the second day of the meet strongly, the Bulldogs prepare for the third day of the meet. They will start off with the 400-yard individual medley, followed by the 100-yard butterfly, the 200-yard freestyle, the 100-yard breaststroke, the 100-yard backstroke and the 3-meter dive.

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