Jan. 4, 2005
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico - Led by sophomore Moira McCloskey's (Ventnor, NJ) wins in both the 100 and 200 meter backstroke, Yale captured the team championship at the 2005 Ira Copa Coqui Invitational Swim Meet. The Bulldogs scored 197.50 points in the 18-event meet. Syracuse was second with 109.5 points and the Puerto Rico national team placed third with 83 points.
Other schools in the meet were from American University, the University of Puerto Rico and Misericordia College. McCloskey's winning times of 1:07.52 (100 backstroke) and 2:25.66 (200 backstroke) were both meet records.
Sophomores Chase Butler (Duxbury, MA) and Meg Gill (Chester, VA) won their respective events. Butler took the 100 freestyle in a time of 1:01.53 and Gill won the 100 butterfly in 1:06.88 and finished second in the 50 freestyle (28.20).
Yale concluded the meet on a very strong note by sweeping the top three places in the final individual event as freshman Laura Aronson (Shelburne, VT) and senior captain Caroline Stephenson (Cotuit, MA) placed second and third behind McCloskey's meet record in the 200 backstroke.
The Bulldogs then took the top two places in the final event of the meet, the 200 medley relay, when freshman Caroline Dowd (Weston, MA) and senior Rebecca Knicely (Williamsburg, VA) teamed up with McCloskey and Butler to win the event. Freshman Christine Yurechko (McLean, VA) and senior Rachel Shipp (Great Falls, VA) teamed up with Stephenson and Gill to place second.
Yale travels to Maine for a dual meet this Sunday at noon.