NEW HAVEN, Conn. — The Yale women's swimming and diving team had an incredibly successful meet on Thursday against Southern Connecticut. In all but one individual event, two Bulldogs swam. In all but that same event, the Bulldogs finished first and second.
Sophomore Claire O'Mara led the way for the Bulldogs in the freestyle events, swimming in both a distance and sprint event. She placed first in the 1000-yard freestyle, touching in 10 minutes and 27.35 seconds. O'Mara also won the 100-yard freestyle, finishing the race in 52.14 seconds.
Consistently a force in the breaststroke events, first-year Olivia Paoletti showed off her prowess as a freestyle swimmer on Thursday. As the sole Bulldog in the 500-yard freestyle, Paoletti finished first, completing the race in 5:09.60.
Senior Carrie Heilbrun found success in the 200-yard freestyle. She won the event, finishing with a time of 1:54.91. In the 50-yard freestyle, it was junior Ashley Pales who claimed the top spot, finishing the event in 24.95 seconds. Pales also finished first in the 100-yard breaststroke, finishing with a time of 1:07.62.
First-year Alessandra Baldari, like Pales, won two events for the Bulldogs on Thursday. Baldari finished first in the 200-yard individual medley (2:07.30) and the 100-yard backstroke (57.96).
Captain Sophie Pilkinton also took home a first-place finish. Finishing more than a second in front of the second-place finisher, she swam the 100-yard butterfly in 58.10 seconds.
In both relays — the 200-yard medley relay and the 200-yard freestyle relay — Yale recorded the top time.
Yale, now 4-0, will have a few weeks off during the winter recess. The team's next meet will be the UPenn/Dartmouth meet, which will be held in Philadelphia, Penn., on Jan. 4 and 5.
Report filed by Luke Benson '21, Yale Sports Publicity.