Nov. 3, 2006
NEW HAVEN, Conn. - There's a reason the Yale women's swimming and diving team made Meg Gill captain: she is one of the most competitive athletes in the squad. Gill led from the front in her first meet as Captain Friday evening as the Bulldogs defeated Southern Connecticut State University by a comfortable margin of 191-103.
In a night that saw the Yale squad split into two to compete in two different meets, Gill made sure her half of the squad came away with the win just three miles away at SCSU's Hutchinson Natatorium. Yale's Captain won every event she swam in Friday evening. The four wins she was a part of formed the building blocks of a dominant Yale performance against the SCSU Owls.
Gill got off to a flying start in the first event, as she swam the home stretch of Yale's winning 'A' team in the 200 yard medley relay event. Gill later added three individual wins to the relay event: she claimed the top spot in the 200 yard freestyle, the 100 yard freestyle and the 100 yard butterfly.
But Gill was not the only multi-event winner. Sophomore distance swimmer Laura Strittmatter wasn't sent to compete in her hometown of Fairfield, CT Friday afternoon, but stayed in New Haven to win the 1000 yard and 500 yard freestyle events at SCSU. In the backstroke events, Yale sophomore Brenna Davis proved just as dominant as classmate Strittmatter. Davis won both the 100 yard and 200 yard backstroke events.
Next Friday Yale will host Columbia at Robert Kiphuth Memorial Exhibition Pool for its home opener. The meet will also be Yale's first Ivy competition of the new season.
Report filed by Jamie Cordes '07, Yale Sports Publicity