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Bulldogs Set Three Yale Records in Final Home Win

Bulldogs Set Three Yale Records in Final Home Win

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The Yale women's swimming and diving team set three team records in their victory over Seton Hall (245.5-54.5) at home on Saturday. Taking first in all of the events, the Bulldogs maintain their undefeated record as they celebrated the Class of 2019. 

Yale swept both of 200-yard medley and freestyle relays, showing a strong coordinated effort throughout the 24 relay legs. Notably, the top Yale finish in the 200-yard medley relay featured an all-senior relay in their last home meet.

The first years led the Bulldogs in the long-distance events. First year Ashley Loomis took first in the 1000-yard freestyle at 10:17.17 with sophomore Nathalie Eid following up in second. In the 500-yard freestyle, first year Alexandra Truwit touched first at 5:03.45 with a small lead over senior Lilla Felix. First year Izzy Henig rounded out the sweep in third. 

The Bulldogs also found great success in the shorter freestyle events. Senior Bella Hindley set a Yale record in the 50-yard freestyle with a time of 22.17. Junior Lili Margitai finished runner-up in the event as well. First year Raime Jones claimed the top spot in the 100-yard freestyle with a time of 51.61 with sophomore Charlotte Hylinski close behind in second. In the 200-yard freestyle, sophomore Claire O'Mara touched first at 1:52.68 with junior Sophie Fontaine following up in second. 

Yale had great performances throughout the stroke events as well. In the 100-yard breaststroke, junior Cha O'Leary led the sweep at 1:03.48 with first year MaryKate Buckley and team captain Sophie Pilkinton following up in second and third, respectively. Buckley went on to take first in the 200-yard breaststroke with a time of 2:22.69 in a tight race with junior Ash Pales

The Bulldogs pulled off another sweep in the 200-yard backstroke with sophomore Cate Sawkins leading the team at 2:02.34. Junior Bebe Thompson and first year Olivia Paoletti followed up in second and third, respectively. In the 100-yard backstroke, Jones claimed her second individual win of the evening. 

Senior Carrie Heilbrun took first in the 100-yard butterfly at 57.26, leading the sweep with O'Mara and O'Leary following up in second and third, respectively. Thompson finished first in the 200-yard butterfly at 2:04.76 with first year Olivia Paoletti at second. 

Senior Destiny Nelson also set a Yale record in the 200-yard IM with a time of 1:59.41, over six seconds ahead of the rest of the field. Pilkinton and Jones followed up in second and third, respectively, for another event sweep. 

In the diving events, seniors Talbott Paulsen and Hannah Walsh finished first and second, respectively, in both the one-meter and three-meter. Moreover, Paulsen set her first Yale record in the one-meter diving with a score of 345.82. 

With the conclusion of their senior day meet, the Bulldogs sit at 7-0 and will look to maintain their undefeated dual meet season at Cornell next week.


Report by Neil Zheng '19, Yale Sports Publicity