January 8, 2009

Bulldogs Begin 2009 Against Cornell and Navy

Jan. 8, 2009

NEW HAVEN, Conn. - The women's swimming and diving team returns home from sunny Puerto Rico to the cold of Ithaca, N.Y. The Bulldogs will be competing against Cornell and Navy in a dual meet. The meet will take place over two days beginning Friday, Jan. 9.

Last year, three teams battled down in Annapolis, Md., where the Bulldogs came away with two victories. Yale took care of Cornell easily, winning by a score of 219-81. Navy put up more of a fight, but ultimately Yale triumphed 174-126. Yale won a number of events in the meet, beginning with the 200-meter medley relay. Competing in that event were sophomore Becca Stern, Caroline Dowd '08, junior Andrea Clifford and senior Alexis Mann. Senior Laura Strittmatter took first in the 800-meter freestyle, while senior Sara Fracapane and sophomore Brittany Iacouzze took third and fourth, respectively. Iacouzze also took first in the 400-meter freestyle. Junior Susan Kim won the 100-meter breaststroke and was followed by senior Marilee Kiernan in second. In the 200-meter butterfly, sophomore Ileana Lucos took first. Yale swept the top three spots in the 200-meter butterfly with Kim, Dowd and Kiernan finishing one, two and three, respectively. The Bulldogs finished the meet with a first-place finish in the 400-meter freestyle relay, with the team of Clifford, Stern, sophomore Angela Yu and Mann.

Yale will look for similar success this year. The Bulldogs are coming off a dominant performance against Fairfield and a successful training trip in Puerto Rico. The swimmers have been training hard, working to increase their training bases and improve their technique. This will be their first real chance to see if their training has paid dividends. They will face good competition however. Navy was recently ranked eleventh of the mid-majors by collegeswimming.com and is coming off a victory over perennial rival Army. Cornell is coming off a win over Binghamton, but lost to Princeton and Penn back in November.

The meet will begin on Friday at 7 p.m.

Report filed by Charles Moore '10, Yale Sports Publicity

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