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Yale Completes Third Consecutive Undefeated Regular Season

First-year Alessandra Baldari.
First-year Alessandra Baldari.

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- The Yale women's swimming and diving team capped off its third consecutive undefeated season on Saturday, taking down both Harvard and Princeton on the second day of the HYP meet. Yale won 182.5-117.5 over the Crimson and 186-114 over the Tigers.

Senior Bella Hindley once again proved to be a force in the sprint freestyle events. After claiming two first-place finishes on Friday, Hindley followed up by winning the first event of the day: the 100-yard freestyle. She swam the race in 49.94 seconds. First-year Marlise Moesch (51.14) finished closely behind Hindley, placing third overall.

After placing fifth in the 100-yard breaststroke on Friday (1:04.13), first-year Olivia Paoletti won the 200-yard breaststroke on Saturday. Paoletti finished with a time of 2:18.03.

Yale completed a sweep of the weekend's intermediate and long-distance freestyle events by winning the 500-yard freestyle on Saturday. Junior Sophie Fontaine won the event, touching in four minutes and 51.07 seconds.

Captain Sophie Pilkinton capped off her regular-season collegiate career with a victory in the 200-yard individual medley. Touching in almost a full second in front of the second-place finisher, Pilkinton finished with a time of 2:03.00.

Yale's divers bounced back on Saturday. Senior Talbott Paulsen led the way for the Bulldogs, taking first in the 1-meter dive (284.80). Senior Hannah Walsh placed seventh (273.35) and first-year Sarah McKinnis placed 10th (143.60).

Head Coach Jim Henry had high praise for the women's performance this weekend: "Today was a great team win against two incredible programs. Every single member of our team added to our overall success and the victories. This is a committed team that works together toward team goals. We are ready to peak in 3 weeks at the Ivy League Championships. We are looking forward to having several athletes qualify for the NCAA Championships. Hats off to the seniors who finished with a 47-1 record, and a 41-meet winning streak. These women did not lose an Ivy dual meet while they were at Yale, going 28-0. This team success is due to great students, coaches, administrators, parents and alumni. Couldn't be more proud of this team."

Following an incredibly successful regular season, the Bulldogs will now prepare for the Ivy League Championships. After finishing second to Harvard last year, the Bulldogs will be looking to reclaim the Ivy League title and take home their second championship in the past three seasons.

The full results from the HYP meet can be found here.


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