Feb. 2, 2007
PRINCETON, N.J. - After the first of two sessions at this weekend's H-Y-P meet, the Yale women's swimming and diving team sits in third place. The first session at Princeton's DeNunzio Pool ended with Harvard ahead of Yale 95-74, and Princeton beating Yale 108-61. Princeton is currently in first place, beating Harvard 94-75.
The Bulldogs started Friday night's session with a bang, taking first place and 11 points in the 200 yard medley relay. The Yale 'A' quartet, comprised of Moira McCloskey, Caroline Dowd, Andrea Clifford and Meg Gill, set a new Yale record with their winning time of 1:43.73. The previous record of 1:44.78 was set by McCloskey, Dowd, Gill and Alexis Mann at the 2006 Ivy League Championships. The record was helped a great deal by Gill's final freestyle leg; her time of 22.92 for the last 50 yards was just a tenth of a second shy of the Yale record in the 50 yard freestyle, held by Meredith Bryarly '01.
But after winning the first event, Yale struggled to keep up with Princeton and Harvard, who finished first and second respectively at Ivies last season. Three swimmers, Princeton's Alicia Aemisegger and Ellen Gray, and Harvard's Alexandra all broke the DeNunzio Pool record in the second event, the 1000 yard freestyle.
The Bulldogs scored points in the third event, the 200 yard freestyle, with Jane Kim's second place finish. Kim, who finished in a time of 1:50.52, was just 0.06 seconds behind Princeton's Justina DiFazio. Following Kim's success, McCloskey was able to go one better in the 100 yard backstroke, winning the event in a time of 56.05. Teammate Brenna Davis finished in third place, with a time of 58.10.
Yale kept in contention during the second half of Friday's session. Susan Kim finished third in the 100 yard breaststroke, while three Yale swimmers finished in the top five in the 50 yard freestyle. Gill came second ahead of Clifford, who finished third, and Mann rounded out the group with her fifth place finish.
The second and final session of the H-Y-P meet will begin at noon tomorrow at Princeton's DeNunzio Pool. You can follow the meet online at the H-Y-P meet website.
Report filed by Jamie Cordes '07, Yale Sports Publicity