Feb. 10, 2006
In their last home meet of the season the Yale women's swimming and diving team defeated Brown 160-140. The Bulldogs had a strong performance from junior standout Moira McCloskey, who took first place in the 100 and 200-yard backstroke as well as the 200-yard individual medley.
Yale started strong against the Bears with a decisive win in the 200-yard medley relay. The Bulldog team of McCloskey, Caroline Dowd, Meg Gill and Alexis Mann beat out the top Brown team by nearly two seconds. This was followed by a win for freshman Laura Strittmatter in the 1000-yard freestyle in a time of 10:21.25. Elsewhere, Marilee Kiernan, Kirsten Cartoski and Katie French outclassed the Bears in the 200-yard breaststroke, taking first, second and third respectively. Kiernan and French also took first and second in the 100-yard breaststroke.
"The medley relay win at the beginning set the tone for what we wanted to get accomplished," captain Holly Mazar said. "At the beginning of the season, beating Brown was one of our main goals, and to be able to check that off the list is a great feeling for all of us."
This was also the last meet at the Robert Kiphuth Memorial Exhibition Pool for Mazar and fellow senior Megan Bailey. Mazar narrowly beat out Brown's Sarah Demers for fourth place in the 100-yard breaststroke and swam the third leg of the 400-yard freestyle relay. Bailey closed the door on her four years at the Exhibition Pool with an excellent win in the 500-yard freestyle.
"It was a sad and emotional day for me and Megan," Mazar said. "She did a great job with her first place finish, and it was fantastic for both of us to go out on such a high note."
The Bulldogs have two weeks' rest before splitting the team between the Ivy League Championships at Harvard on Feb. 23 and the ECAC Championship at the University of Pittsburgh on Feb. 24.
report by Jamie Cordes '07, Yale Sports Publicity