Nov. 10, 2006
NEW HAVEN, Conn. - The Yale women's swimming and diving team turned the tide on Columbia Friday night, beating the Lions 169-123. The victory reversed the trends from last season, which saw Columbia defeating Yale in both the dual meet season and in the Ivy Championships.
The Bulldogs prevailed in their Ivy League and home opener thanks to some familiar faces and a couple of new ones. Captain Meg Gill won two events and fellow senior Moira McCloskey won three at Robert Kiphuth Memorial Exhibition Pool. But the experienced standouts were not the only ones to dominate their events. Freshmen Jane Kim and Susan Kim won three individual events and two individual events respectively in their first Ivy meet of their young Yale careers. Gill, McCloskey, Jane Kim and Susan Kim combined to give Yale 10 of its 14 first place finished.
Gill took home victories in the 50 yard freestyle and the 100 yard butterfly, and also combined with McCloskey, Caroline Dowd and Andrea Clifford to win the 200 yard medley relay. But in the 100 yard freestyle, Gill was pipped to the post by Jane Kim, who finished almost a second ahead of her captain.
McCloskey was once again on good form in the backstroke, winning both the 100 yard and 200 yard events. She picked up her third win in the 200 yard Individual Medley. Yale managed to control the points in both events thanks to Brenna Davis' two second place finishes.
Both Gill and McCloskey were in fine form, swimming times that were amongst Yale's fastest in recent years. Freshmen Jane Kim and Susan Kim kept up the pace, as they both finished with a time faster than any recorded by a Yale swimmer throughout the course of the 2005-06 season.
Jane finished the meet with a hat trick of wins in the 100, 200 and 500 yard freestyle events. Her time of 1:51.34 in the 200 yard freestyle was 1.35 seconds faster than Chase Butler's fastest time in the event last season.
Susan Kim recorded similarly impressive times in her two victories in the 100 and 200 yard breaststroke events. Her time of 2:18.27 in the 200 was also faster than any time recorded by a Yale swimmer last season.
Yale's other victories came from a pair of sophomores. Distance specialist Laura Strittmatter swam to a comfortable win in the 1000 yard freestyle, and Blake Walsh edged out Columbia's Nina Beary for a win in the 200 yard butterfly.
The Bulldogs will return to action next Thursday at the Maryland Invitational, a three-day event hosted by the University of Maryland at their Campus Recreation Natatorium in College Park, MD.
Report filed by Jamie Cordes '07, Yale Sports Publicity