Nov. 19, 2003
The Bulldog Women Swimmers and Divers will travel to College Park, MD this coming Thursday through Saturday (11/20-22) and compete for the first time in the 2003 Terrapin Cup Invitational. The three day meet will follow the NCAA national championship format and prepare the Bulldogs for the championship meets (Ivy's & NCAA's) later this school year. The meet will be held in College Park Maryland at the University of Maryland's new Campus Recreation Center Natatorium. This outstanding facility was the site of this past summer's 2003 USS National Swimming Championships. At this meet, and pool, numerous new American record were established.
The Terrapin women's team, currently undefeated in dual meet competition, are the defending team champions from the 2002 Cup Meet. Other teams returning are the runner up University of Richmond squad, and third place team finisher the West Chester University. The field will also include William and Mary, James Madison, Old Dominion and Drexel.
The Yale Women's swimming and diving team is coming off the 2002 - 03 campaign in which it finished 4th place at Ivy League Swimming Championship and with a season dual meet record of 8 - 4. As the 2003 - 04 season has now begun, as Head Coach Frank Keefe returns for his 24th season at the helm of the Blue, the Bulldogs hope to take the next step back into the upper echelon of the Ivy League, .
The Yale women return 16 of 20 swimmers and divers from last years Ivy squad. The senior class leads the way with 2 university record holders returning in Paige Harazin (200 free) and Daphna Shafir (200 fly). Captain Amy Hancock posted the top times last year in the 100 and 200 fly and looks to conclude a successful career on a high note.
The sprinters may prove to play a pivotal role in the overall success of the program this year. Harazin, a proven veteran returns the top times from 50 through 200. Underclassmen will be tested early and often. Big things are expected of Chase Butler, Kirsten Cartoski, Meg Gill and Moira McCloskey.
The middle distance freestyle group will be lead by Harazin the school record holder at 200 yards. The additions of Butler and Cristina Hession will make this area a major strength for the Bulldogs.
The Yale distance group will once again be a major strength for the team. Allison Rogers and Laura O'Brien are back. Danielle Page provides quality depth and the addition of Hession will allow Keefe a great deal of flexibility when contemplating a dual meet or championship line up.
The backstroke group will be much improved. The top 3 performers from last year are all back in Caroline Stephenson, Erin Vanderberg and Greta Matzner-Gore. The additions of McCloskey, a junior national finalist, and Butler will make this a major strength for this year's squad.
The butterflyer's are the largest and deepest group on the squad. Last years top 5 performer's in both the 100 and 200 have all returned. Seniors, Hancock and Shafir both swam in the Championship final at last year's Ivy Meet finishing 5th and 7th respectively. Look for Rebecca Knicely and Matzner-Gore to provide the speed in the 100 while Rebecca Fausel and Emily Drilling will join with Hancock and Shafir in the 200. Freshman Liz Berger and Gill will also compete for swims.
The Individual Medley events will allow for many swimmers to get in on the action. Harazin and Stephenson return as the top 200 and 400 performers. Megan Bailey has impressed the coaching staff early on while freshman Ashley Kochanek will also be relied on.
The Yale divers are once again poised to compete for top honors in the Ivy League and beyond. Melanie Loftus and Kathleen McKeon placed first and second last year at Ivy's on the one meter board. The addition of freshman Liz Foglesong and the return of Emily Cardy gives new Yale mentor, Ryan Moehnke, a great place to start his career at Yale.
The team is eager to get off well at the Terrapin Cup Invitational as it will provide the Bulldogs with a great deal of competition and an opportunity to prove that Yale is one of the best teams in the east.