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Bulldogs Claim Fifth on Final Day

Bulldogs Claim Fifth on Final Day

NEW HAVEN, Conn. — The Yale women's swimming and diving team completed the third and final day of the Ohio State Invitational on Saturday. The team held on to fifth place, finishing the competition with 1175.5 points.

The finals began with the 1650-yard freestyle, the longest event of the weekend. Junior Kendall Brent finished 14th with a time of 16:38.69. Sophomore Nathalie Eid followed close behind, finishing 16th with a time of 16:44.22.

In the Bulldogs' sole first-place victory of the invitational, senior Bella Hindley claimed first in the 100-yard freestyle. She swam the event in 48.51 seconds, out-touching the second-place finisher by 0.12 seconds. In the B heat of the event, first-year Izzi Henig jumped six places from her prelims seed to finish 11th overall. Her finals time was 49.52 seconds.

Yale had four top-20 finishers in the 200-yard breaststroke. First-year Olivia Paoletti led the way for the Bulldogs, finishing 13th with a time of 2:14.75 and out-touching senior Destiny Nelson by less than a tenth of a second. Nelson (2:14.82) finished 14th. Rounding out the four were junior Ashley Pales (2:16.70) and junior Cha O'Leary (2:19.53), who finished 16th and 20th, respectively.

Two upperclassmen carried the Bulldogs in the final individual event of the weekend. Swimming the 200-yard butterfly, senior Carrie Heilbrun placed 17th with a time of 2:00.70. Junior Bebe Thompson placed just behind Heilbrun, finishing 18th with a time of 2:01.65.

The weekend concluded with the 400-yard freestyle relay, an event in which Yale swam very well. The Bulldogs' A relay — consisting of Henig, first-year Raime Jones, junior Lili Margitai and Hindley — finished fourth. Their time of 3:18.08 bested the time of the fifth-place finishers by 0.01 seconds.

Following the Thanksgiving recess, the Bulldogs will travel to Greensboro, N.C., to compete at the USA Swimming Winter Nationals. The event will take place from Nov. 28 to Dec. 1.


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