Feb. 15, 2007
PRINCETON, N.J. - After day one of the Ivy League Championships, the Yale women's swimming and diving team sits in third place with 356.5 points, just 1.5 points behind Harvard. Hosts Princeton lead with 497 points.
Two of Yale's highlights came in the two relay finals during Thursday evening's session. In the first final, the 200 yard freestyle relay, the Yale team of Andrea Clifford, Moira McCloskey, Alexis Mann and captain Meg Gill finished in first place with a time of 1:33.12, almost a second ahead of the second place Princeton team. The time also set a new school record, beating the previous record of 1:33.34 set in 2001, and was also an NCAA B cut time.
Gill kept to winning ways in the 50 yard freestyle 'A' final, winning the event in a time of 23.08, qualifying for a US National cut. Clifford finished fifth in 23.72, and Alexis Mann and Chase Butler won the 'B' and 'C' finals of the event respectively.
Yale's second school record came in the last race of the day: the 400 yard medley relay. Yale's team of McCloskey, Susan Kim, Gill and Jane Kim finished second in a time of 3:43.83, which broke the current Yale record of 3:47.75 set at the 2006 Ivies by McCloskey, Gill, Marilee Kiernan and Alexis Mann. Their time was also faster than the previous Ivy record, set by Princeton in 2001, but the time swam by Harvard Thursday evening is the one that will go into the Ivy record books. McCloskey's first leg of the school record-setting time also beat her previous Yale record for the 100 yard backstroke.
In the evening's other finals, McCloskey added to her relay successes with a fourth place finish in the 'A' final of the 200 yard individual medley. In the 500 yard freestyle, Jane Kim won the 'B' final.
The Bulldogs will be back in action in day two of the Ivies, held at Princeton's DeNunzio Pool. Preliminaries will begin at 11 am, and finals will begin at 6pm. Live scores and complete results are available at the meet website.
Report filed by Jamie Cordes '07, Yale Sports Publicity