November 12, 2004

Yale Drops Columbia in Season-Opener

Nov. 12, 2004

Final Stats

New Haven, CT - The Bulldogs opened their season with a convincing 177-123 victory over Columbia at Kiphuth Pool Friday night. The Elis avenged last year's upset loss to the Lions in style, achieving the same margin of victory Columbia posted in 2003.

Yale took first place in 11 of the meet's 16 events.

"[It was] a team effort, well done," head coach Frank Keefe said.

In diving, senior Melanie Loftus swept both competitions, including a score of 297.75 in the three meter, 23 points better than any other opponent.

In the night's most exciting race, Bulldog freshman Caroline Dowd took first in the 200 yard breastroke. Neck-and-neck with Columbia's Amy Krakauer in the final length, Dowd pulled out the win, finishing one-hundreth of a second before Krakauer.

Dowd was not the only Yale rookie to impress. Katelyn Kane took first in the 200 butterfly with a time of 2:08.47.

Yale returns to action on Nov. 19, when they go to the George Mason Invitational in Fairfax, Va.

Report by Sean Singer '06, Sports Publicity Department

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