Jan. 11, 2009
ITHACA, N.Y. - The women's swimming team defeated Ivy League Cornell in a dual meet on Saturday by a score of 206-94. The score between Navy and Yale came down to the wire, but the Midshipmen prevailed by a score of 156-143.5. This was the first win for Navy over Yale in program history.
"It was a tough meet against Cornell and Navy," said senior Captain Aidan McKinlay "We did not have our entire squad due to illness and injuries. Despite this, everyone did their absolute best to step up."
Yale competed in 16 events against Navy and Cornell. Including Friday's diving, the Bulldogs took five of the 16 events with 10 second place finishes. Junior Susan Kim led the way for the Bulldogs with two first-place and two second-place finishes.
Yale started the meet off strongly on Friday with wins in both the one-meter and two-meter diving. Freshman Elizabeth Andrekovich won both events with scores of 225.85 in the one-meter and 221.35 in the three-meter. Yale took four of the top five places in the three-meter diving. Junior Marisa J Poverman took second with 220.60 points, followed by senior Cameron Murphy and freshman Rachel Rosenberg in third and fourth, respectively. Murphy scored 210.65 points, while Rosenberg put up 204.70 points. In the one-meter diving, Rosenberg came in third with a score of 215.75. Poverman and Murphy came in sixth and ninth, respectively. Poverman put up 197.00 points and Murphy scored 182.45 points.
The swimmers started off with a second-place finish in the 200-yard medley relay. The team of senior Brenna Davis, Kim, McKinlay and senior Alexis Mann finished the event in a time of 1:49.98, just over a second behind the first place navy team.
In the next event, the 1000-yard freestyle, freshman Abigail Nunn and senior Laura Strittmatter took second and third, respectively. The duo finished just a second and two-tenths behind each other with Nunn touching the wall in 10:26.12 and Strittmatter in 10:27.14. The two were a good distance behind Tara Chapmon of Navy, who finished in a time of 10:09.53.
Yale had a strong finish in the 100-yard breaststroke, taking places two, three and four. Kim came in second with a time of 1:05.48, just a mere .32 seconds behind Mallo Dietrich of Navy. Behind Kim was senior Marilee Kiernan and freshman Caroline Dewing. Kiernan finished in a time of 1:06.97, while Dewing finished in 1:08.81.
Kim followed up on her second-place finish in the 100-yard breaststroke, with first-place finishes in the 200-yard breaststroke and 200-yard IM. Kim touched the wall in the 200-yard breaststroke, just .34 seconds ahead of second-place. She finished the race in a time of 2.18.14. Yale also picked up third place points thanks to Kiernan, who finished in a time of 2:25.80. In the 200-yard IM, Kim took first with a time of 2:09.94, just .46 seconds ahead of Tessa Snow from Navy. Davis took third for the Bulldogs with a time of 2:12.34.
In the 50-yard freestyle, Alexis Mann out-touched Sadie Ellison of Cornell by .12 seconds to take second place for Bulldogs. Mann finished with a time of 24.82. Junior Andrea Clifford also scored points for the Bulldogs, coming in fifth with a time of 25.32.
Mann picked up another second place finish for the Bulldogs in the 100-yard freestyle. This time she was joined by freshman Hayes Hyde who came in third for the Bulldogs. Mann touched the wall with a time of 53.59, while Hyde came in 1.10 seconds behind Mann with a time of 54.69.
Yale's only other first place finish came in the 200-yard butterfly, where sophomore Ileana Lucos took first-place. She finished the race in a time of 2:06.41. Right behind her was Hyde with a time of 2:08.51.
The competition with Navy came down to the final relay for the Bulldogs.
"The meet came down to the last relay," said McKinlay. "Our relays had to place first and third in order to beat Navy. Our relays gave it their all, but Navy's team had faster freestylers and our team ended up placing second and third."
Yale's 'A' team came in second with a time of 3:34.32. That team consisted of Hyde, Lucos, Mann and sophomore Annie Killian. Yale's 'B' team finished the race in a time of 3:40.89, good enough for a four-place finish. The team was led by sophomore Kristin Darwin, freshman Erica Kao, Strittmatter and Clifford. The winning relay team from Navy finished the event in a time of 3:30.68.
The Bulldogs will return to action next week against Dartmouth and Penn in Hanover, N.H.
Report filed by Charles Moore '10, Yale Sports Publicity