Women Swimmers and Divers Open Season This Friday

Nov. 12, 2003

With a strong mixture of returning talent and new freshmen swimmers and divers, the Yale Women's Swimming & Diving team opens its 2003-2004 season in New York City this Friday (11/14). The meet, which will be against Ivy League opponent Columbia, starts at 6 pm and promises to be an exciting match up. Last year the Lady Lions opened the season with an upset October win in New Haven, but then ended the season trailing the Bulldogs that following March in the final standings at the 2003 Ivy Championships.

Senior Captain Amy Hancock (Sykesville, MD), the top returning Butterfly performer from 2002-2003, will lead a group of upperclassmen that include seniors Paige Harazin (Amherst, MA) in the Freestyle events and Breaststroker Danielle Page (Palo Alto, CA), as well as juniors Caroline Stephenson (Cotuit, MA), in both the Backstroke and Individual Medley, and Allison Rogers (Pearl River, NY) at the longer Freestyle distances. A mix of two seniors, Emily Cardy (Highland, MD) and Kathleen McKeon (Atlanta, GA), and one junior Melanie Loftus (McLean, VA), will return to contest the critical diving events and points.

A strong group of freshmen swimmers will see their first official action. Leading the way will be four of the top five women scorers at the recently contested team qualifier competition. They are Chase Butler (Duxbury, MA ), Kirsten Cartoski (Jonesboro, GA ), Cristina Hession (Little Silver,NJ ) and Moira McCloskey (Ventnor,NJ ). Freshmen Diver Liz Foglesong (Scottsdale, AZ) will also add her talents for the first time to the Bulldogs' effort to reverse the results of last year's dual meet.

The Columbia meet also marks the debut of Yale's new first year Diving Coach Ryan Moehnke.

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