Feb. 12, 2009
NEW HAVEN, Conn. - The Bulldogs' final regular season meet will be a home dual against the Bears of Brown. The meet, which takes place this coming Sunday, will also be senior day. Seniors Emma Chapman, Emily Cole, Brenna Davis, Sara Fracapane, Katie French, Marilee Kiernan, Alexis Mann, Aidan McKinlay, Cameron Murphy, Laura Strittmatter and Blake Walsh will all be honored prior to the start of the meet.
The Bulldogs ended last year's dual season with a decisive victory over the Bears, 183-116. Yale won 11 of the 16 events and added a handful of second and third places. The meet began on a strong note with a victory in the 200-yard medley relay. The team of sophomore Becca Stern, Caroline Dowd '08, junior Andrea Clifford and senior Alexis Mann combined for a time of 1:48.29.
Senior Laura Strittmatter dominated the distance freestyle events, winning both the 1000-yard freestyle and 500-yard freestyle. In the 1000-yard, she claimed first with a time of 10:18.87, and then followed up on that victory by taking the 500-yard freestyle in a time of 5:02.57. She edged out sophomore Annie Killian in the 500-yard, who finished in a time of 5:08.75. However, Killian got the best of Strittmatter in the 200-yard freestyle. Killian finished in a time of 1:55.81, followed closely by Strittmatter at 1:57.34.
Junior Susan Kim owned the breaststroke events taking both the 200- and 100-yard breaststroke. In both events, she was joined by Dowd and senior Marilee Kiernan in second and third place, respectively. In the 100-yard, Kim finished in a time of 1:06.26, followed by Dowd at 1:06.90 and Kiernan at 1:07.85. The results were the same in the 200-yard breaststroke, with Kim finishing in 2:14.40, Dowd in 2:24.32 and Kiernan 2:26.74.
The Bulldogs' other victories came in the 200-yard butterfly, 100-yard freestyle 50-yard freestyle and both the one- and three-meter diving events. Sophomore Ileana Lucos claimed the 200-yard butterfly in a time of 2:06.02. The 100-yard freestyle was claimed by Laura E. Grigereit with a time of 54.17, just .17 seconds ahead of Mann who finished in 54.34. Mann claimed her own first place, though, in the 50-yard freestyle. She won the event in a time of 24.64 seconds. Ali Jones '08 won both diving events. She won the one-meter with a score of 249.22 and the three-meter with a score of 266.02.
The Bears never really gave the Bulldogs a fight last season, but senior captain Aidan McKinlay thinks it could be a very different story this year.
"Brown is going to be a tough meet for us," said McKinlay. "We hopefully are going to have Lucos and Walsh back from injuries that kept them out of the UConn meet, but Brown may have some of their swimmers back as well. Brown is a lot better than they have been in the past."
The Bulldogs are looking to rebound from a tough loss to UConn last Saturday. If the Bulldogs hope to beat Brown, they will need to claim first-place victories like they did against the Bears last year, not like UConn last weekend. Against UConn, the Bulldogs only managed to win three events. Mann won the 50-yard freestyle, Kim the 200-yard breaststroke and the Bulldogs `A' team won the 400-yard freestyle. That freestyle team was made up of Clifford, freshman Erica Kao, Mann and freshman Hayes Hyde. The high point of the meet was Kim's victory, where she also broke the UConn pool record.
The meet will take place this Sunday, Feb. 15 in the Robert Kiphuth Memorial Exhibition Pool located inside the historic Payne Whitney Gymnasium. The meet will begin at 12:00 p.m.
Report filed by Charles Moore '10, Yale Sports Publicity