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Paulsen and Walsh Lead Yale in Ithaca

First-year Ashley Loomis.
First-year Ashley Loomis.

ITHACA, N.Y. -- The Yale women's swimming and diving team was victorious against Cornell this weekend, taking first place in every single event. Led by their senior divers, Talbott Paulsen and Hannah Walsh, the Bulldogs won by a score of 232-68 and improved to 8-0 on the season.

Paulsen and Walsh competed on Friday, finishing first and third, respectively, in the 3-meter dive, and taking the top two spots in the 1-meter dive. Both Paulsen and Walsh bested the Teagle Pool record in the 1-meter dive, finishing with scores of 307.35 and 304.80, respectively.

The swimming events were held on Saturday morning. Yale got off to a great start, taking the top two places in the 200-yard medley relay and sweeping the top three places in the 1000-yard freestyle. Sophomore Nathalie Eid claimed first in the 1000-yard freestyle (10:20.75), and she was followed closely by first-year Ashley Loomis (10:27.15) and junior Sophie Fontaine (10:32.83).

Loomis won the 500-yard freestyle (4:58.02), an event in which the Bulldogs also claimed the top three spots. Junior Kendall Brent (4:58.81) placed second and Fontaine touched in 5 minutes 14.29 seconds to take third.

Yale also swept the top three spots in the 100-yard freestyle and the 200-yard butterfly. First-year Marlise Moesch paced the Bulldogs in the 100-yard freestyle, finishing the race in 51.81 seconds. Fellow first-year Raime Jones finished in second at 51.95 seconds, and sophomore Claire O'Mara finished in third at 52.34 seconds. Jones also took first in the 200-yard freestyle (1:50.88).

In the 200-yard butterfly, junior Bebe Thompson (2:03.56) out-touched senior Carrie Heilbrun (2:04.02) and captain Sophie Pilkinton (2:06.94). Thompson also took first in the 400-yard individual medley (4:28.41).

Senior Bella Hindley had another successful day in the sprint freestyle and backstroke events. She took first in the 50-yard freestyle (23.05) and 100-yard backstroke (55.70).

Junior Cha O'Leary found success in the breaststroke events, winning both the 100-yard and 200-yard breastroke. She finished with a time of 1:04.56 in the 100-yard breaststroke and 2:19.62 in the 200-yard breaststroke.

To cap off a sweep of first place in every event, Yale also took first in the 400-yard freestyle relay, the 200-yard backstroke and the 100-yard butterfly. Sophomore Cate Sawkins won the 200-yard backstroke, finishing with a time of 2:02.68. Junior Lili Margitai took first in the 100-yard butterfly (56.18).

Yale has one final meet before the Ivy League Championships: the annual tri-meet against Harvard and Princeton. The meet will take place Feb. 1 and 2. The Bulldogs will be looking to finish the year strong with a perfect 10-0 record as they head into championship season.


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