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Hindley Breaks Record on First Day of Invitational

Bella Hindley (photo by Alexandra Schmeling '16)
Bella Hindley (photo by Alexandra Schmeling '16)

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- The Yale women's swimming and diving team completed the first day of the Ohio State Invitational on Thursday. While the team was successful in Thursday night's finals, there was a record-breaking swim in the prelims: senior Bella Hindley set a new Yale women's swimming record in the 50-yard freestyle. She swam the race in 22.23 seconds, breaking her own record, which she had established in Feb. 2017, by 0.02 seconds.

Hindley finished in second place in the 50-yard freestyle with a finals time of 22.28. First-year Izzi Henig placed 11th (22.71) and sophomore Claire O'Mara placed 28th (23.43) in the event.

In the 500-yard freestyle, junior Kendall Brent paced all Yale swimmers with a time of 4:52.26, good enough for 20th in the event. Fellow junior Sophie Fontaine placed 30th (4:53.48), first-year Ashley Loomis placed 33rd (4:50.71), and senior Lilla Felix finished in 40th (4:55.25).

The Bulldogs had many swimmers place in the 200-yard individual medley. Senior Destiny Nelson placed 19th with a time of 2:02.44, finishing less than a second ahead of captain Sophie Pilkinton (2:02.99), who placed 25th. First-years Olivia Paoletti (2:03.00) and Alessandra Baldari (2:04.55), sophomore Cate Sawkins (2:04.55) and junior Lili Margitai (2:04.68) finished 27th through 30th, respectively. Bebe Thompson (2:03.37) placed 34th, and Raime Jones (2:04.10) placed 36th.

The seniors led the way for Yale in the sole diving event of the night. Seniors Hannah Walsh and Talbott Paulsen placed 11th and 13th, respectively, in the 3-meter diving. Sophomore Nikki Watters placed 21st and first-year Marisa Conner placed 24th.

In the 200-yard freestyle relay, the Bulldogs' A Team — comprised of Hindley, Henig, Jones and O'Mara — won fifth. The B Relay and C Relay placed 16th and 19th, respectively. In the 400-yard medley relay, the A Relay — made up of Hindley, junior Cha O'Leary, Margitai and O'Mara — finished 11th. The B relay placed 16th and the C Relay placed 18th.

Yale is currently in fifth place after one day of competition. The complete results from the first day can be found here.


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