Bulldogs Finish Day One of ECACs in Fifth

Feb. 24, 2006

PITTSBURGH, Pa. - The Yale women's swimming and diving team finished the first day of competition at the ECAC Championship in fifth place with 90 points.

While the stronger Yale swimmers are currently competing at the Ivy League Championship this weekend, the ECACs usually give younger swimmers a chance to compete on the big stage. This year proved to be no exception.

Freshman Christina Person finished a strong second in the 500-yard freestyle final. Her time of 5:05.26 was a new personal best by nine seconds. Person also swam on Yale's `A' team in the final of the 200-yard freestyle relay final along with Katelyn Kane, Emma Chapman and Aidan McKinlay. They finished second with a time of 1:39.28.

Another freshman standout for the Yale team was Emily Cole. Cole also raced in the final of the 500-yard freestyle. She finished a close third with a time of 5:05.28, just two hundredths of a second behind teammate Person.

In the last event on day one of the women's competition, Yale came second in the `B' final of the 400-yard medley relay. The team of Ashley Kochanek, Chapman, McKinlay and Kane finished in a time of 4:09.89. Kochanek also won the `B' final of the 500-yard freestyle in a time of 5:09.35.

The Bulldogs will return to action at the ECACs tomorrow. Complete Results are available at the University of Pittsburgh Athletics website.

Report filed by Jamie Cordes '07, Yale Sports Publicity