November 14, 2008

Yale Loses a Close One to Columbia

Nov. 14, 2008

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NEW HAVEN, Conn. - The Yale women's swimming and diving team fought a tough battle with the Lions of Columbia Friday night in the Kiphuth Exhibition Pool. Columbia came into the meet having lost only one senior from a team that beat the Bulldogs in last year's dual meet. The result was much closer this time around, but Columbia managed to come away victorious in a 155-145 win.

The Bulldogs opened the meet with a good showing in the three-meter diving, taking second through fourth. Freshman Elizabeth Andrekovich led the way followed by junior Marisa J Poverman, freshman Rachel Rosenberg and senior Cameron Murphy. Only three divers can score points, however, so the Bulldogs took nine points and started the meet down 10-9.

The swimmers opened with a close loss in the 200-yard medley relay. Yale's relay was led off by freshman Emily Dominski, making her first appearance as a Yale swimmer. She was followed by junior Susan Kim, senior captain Aidan McKinlay and senior Alexis Mann. The Bulldogs jumped out to a lead with Dominski, but Columbia slowly inched its way back on the second and third legs. Mann tried to stage a comeback, but the Bulldogs ultimately lost by .63 seconds. The final times were Columbia 1:44.99 and Yale 1:45.62.

Freshmen Abigail Nunn and Dominski both won their first individual collegiate events. Nunn took the 1000-yard freestyle in a time of 10:20.09, and Dominski won the 100-yard backstroke in a time of 57.13.

Columbia inched ahead in the next couple events, but Yale came storming back in the 200-yard butterfly. Yale took a one-two-three sweep for 16 points, bringing the Bulldogs within one point (66-65). Sophomore Ileana Lucos won the event with a time of 2:07.03. Freshman Hayes Hyde and McKinlay rounded out the top three with times of 2:08.01 and 20:08.91, respectively.

The divers came back at the halfway point with the same result in the one-meter diving. Yale took second through fifth again with Rosenberg leading the way this time. She was followed by Poverman, Andrekovich and Murphy.

Columbia started to pull away again, until junior Susan Kim clocked her first victory of the season in the 200-yard butterfly. She swam it in a time of 2:17.99 and brought the Bulldogs within 10 points (118-108).

Yale used the momentum from Kim's win and closed to within three points of Columbia on the back of a one-two finish in the 500-yard freestyle. Nunn took her second race of the meet, winning in a time of 5:05.43. Senior Laura Strittmatter took second with a time of 5:07.14, coming back on the last lap to beat Paige Endsley of Columbia by .32 seconds.

Yale could not muster up wins in the next two events, however, and it would have taken a sweep of the 400-yard freestyle relay for the Bulldogs to win the meet. Yale won the event with junior Andrea Clifford, Hyde, Mann and Dominski, but Columbia took the second and third spots to come away with the meet victory.

The Bulldogs will return to action next weekend at the Terrier Invitational. The event will take place over three days beginning on Friday, Nov. 21.

Report filed by Charles Moore '10, Yale Sports Publicity

Video by David Dikranian

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