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Bulldogs Win Season Opener

Yale won on Friday in a tightly-contested meet against Brown.
Yale won on Friday in a tightly-contested meet against Brown.

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The Yale women's swimming and diving team took home their first victory on Friday night. Facing Brown in their first matchup of the season, the Bulldogs won the meet by a score of 160-140.

Yale won the meet on its strength in numbers. While Brown placed first in more than half of the events, including both relays, Yale swimmers consistently finished within the top five places.

In the freestyle events, Yale took first place in two of the five individual contests. Junior Kendall Brent won the 1000-yard freestyle with a time of 10:15.23. Four Yale swimmers took the top four places in this event: first-year Ali Truwit, sophomore Nathalie Eid and senior Lilla Felix placed second, third and fourth, respectively. In the 200-yard freestyle, first-year Raime Jones claimed her first collegiate win with a time of 1:51.00.

Several upperclasswomen found success in the stroke events for the Bulldogs. Senior Bella Hindley won the 100-yard backstroke with a time of 55.62, out-touching fellow senior Destiny Nelson by less than a second. Nelson took first place in the 200-yard backstroke with a time of 2:00.88, also out-touching the runner-up by less than a second.

As she often did last season, junior Cha O'Leary placed first in the 100-yard breaststroke, swimming a time of 1:04.16. First-years Olivia Paoletti and MaryKate Buckley finished second and fourth, respectively, in the event.

The Bulldogs also received a big boost from their senior divers. Hannah Walsh and Talbott Paulsen placed first and second, respectively, in both the 3-meter dive and the 5-meter dive.

Coming off their first win, the Bulldogs will look to continue their success on Saturday, when they travel to Cambridge, Mass., to face MIT.

 

Report filed by Luke Benson '21, Yale Sports Publicity.