Dec. 6, 2008
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - The Yale women's swimming and diving team moved into second place on Friday at the University of Virginia Invitational. The Bulldogs (545) came into the day just five points behind West Chester (527), and left ahead by 18. The Cavaliers lead both teams with 963 points.
Yale started off the day with another good showing in the relays. The Bulldogs took third in both their relays yesterday, and they managed the same result in the 200-yard medley relay. The team of freshman Emily Dominski, junior Susan Kim, senior captain Aidan McKinlay and senior Alexis Mann finished the relay in a time of 1:46.28. Their third-place finish earned them 32 points. The Bulldogs also picked up 26 points with a sixth-place finish by the `B' team. That team was comprised of sophomore Kristin Darwin, senior Marilee Kiernan, freshman Hayes Hyde and freshman Erica Kao. They finished the race in a time of 1:51.97.
Yale managed to get two swimmers into the `A' final of the 400-yard IM. Freshman Abigail Nunn took sixth place with a time of 4:26.04. She was followed closely by Kim, who came in seventh in a time of 4:26.34. The two swimmers combined for a total of 25 points. Yale picked up an additional 16 points from senior Blake Walsh and Darwin in the `B' final.
One of Yale's two highest individual finishes came in the 100-yard butterfly. Freshman Hayes Hyde took third place with a time of 55.86. She was joined by two other Bulldogs in the `A' final. McKinlay came in fifth place with a time of 57.54, and sophomore Ileana Lucos took seventh with a time of 58.22. Combined with Mann's 10th-place finish, the Bulldogs picked up 49 points in the 100-yard butterfly.
Yale's other third-place finish came in the 100-yard breaststroke, where Kim took third place in a time of 1:03.89. Kiernan and freshman Caroline Dewing took fifth and seventh, respectively. Kiernan finished the race in a time of 1:07.62, while Dewing clocked in at 1:08.31.
Dominski competed in an exciting 100-yard backstroke. Dominski managed to take fourth in a time of 56.66 seconds. She was joined by Darwin, who finished in seventh with a time of 1:03.33. The story of the race, however, was Virginia's Mei Christensen. Christensen swam the event in a time of 52.58, which broke the pool, team and ACC records. She also snuck in under the NCAA "A" time of 53.01.
The final event of the day for the Bulldogs was the 800-yard freestyle relay. Yale's two teams finished in fourth and fifth, combining for 58 points. Yale's `B' team came in fourth in a time of 7:48.52. It consisted of Hyde, Dominski, Kao and Lucos. Yale's `A' team was right behind them in fifth, with a time of 7:51.70. That team was made up of Nunn, Kiernan, sophomore Annie Killian and senior Laura Strittmatter.
The Bulldogs will conclude competition at Virginia on Saturday. The final events will be the 1650-yard freestyle, 200-yard backstroke, 100-yard freestyle, 200-yard breaststroke, 200-yard butterfly and 400-yard freestyle relay.
Report filed by Charles Moore '10, Yale Sports Publicity