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Albrecht Wins Three in Loss to Navy

Molly Albrecht. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)
Molly Albrecht. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

ANNAPOLIS – The Naval Academy women's swimming and diving team narrowly outperformed the visiting Yale team earlier today.  The short course meter format of the meet – as opposed to yards – was not a friend to the Bulldogs, who scored 139 points to Navy's 161.  Sophomore Molly Albrecht won all three of her individual events, and all told the Bulldogs won seven events, including the one- and three-meter diving.  This loss is Yale's first of the season, which puts their dual meet record at 5-1.

Things got off to a rough start when the Yale 'A' relay squad was disqualified in the 200 medley relay.  The Yale 'B' flight handled the competition the best it could, but Navy's A and B teams took points for first and second place.

The Bulldogs were back on track in the 800 freestyle as Joan Weaver won with a time of 9:02.00.  Abigail Nunn was not far behind in second with a time of 9:04.75.  Freshman Courtney Randolph touched in 9:12 flat, just ahead of Navy's fourth-place Haley Nowak (9:12.30) to make it a clean sweep for the Bulldogs.

Molly Albrecht improved upon her second-place finish in the 200-yard freestyle last Saturday with a win today in the 200-meter freestyle.  Albrecht went out at 29.20, putting her in fourth place after the first 50 meters.  By the half she had moved into second and with 50 meters to go she was 0.02 seconds out of first place.  Albrecht finished in 2:03.45 ahead of second-place Navy (2:03.99).  Ileana Lucos finished third in the event (2:06.30).

Navy gained back some pivotal ground in the next four swimming events.  They went one-two in the 100 backstroke, while Cynthia Tsay and Michelle Huang took third and fourth place, respectively.  In the 100 backstroke Navy's Laura Gorinski had her second win of the day, with Athena Liao finishing behind her in second place.

Hayes Hyde came in second in a very close heat of the 200 butterfly.  Hyde's first 50 split was 31.07, making her one of three swimmers to go out sub-32.  With 100 meters down Hyde was in a strong second behind Navy's Toni Paruso, and with 50 meters to go it was just Hyde and Paruso a little over a second apart.  Hyde came home in 35.85 to Paruso's 37.15, but was not enough.  In the end Hyde touched in 2:16.52, just behind Paruso in 2:16.43.

In the 50 free sophomores Cynthia Tsay and Joan Weaver took second and fourth, with respective times of 27.13 and 27.44.  Only 0.35 seconds separated Weaver in fourth place from Navy's winning time (27.09).

The Bulldogs divers gave Yale a much-needed reprieve.  In the one-meter event Paige Meneses took the top spot with a score of 282.53, her best so far this season.  This score replaces last year's 270.29 as her collegiate best, which she posted also against Navy.  Rachel Rosenberg took second in the event with 264.00 points, and Christina Brasco took fourth with 224.85 points.

In the 200 backstroke Molly Albrecht won her second event of the day, Yale's fourth.  Albrecht touched first at the 50 and the 100.  With 50 meters to go her lead had opened up to nearly a second and a half.  Her final time was 2:16.58, over two seconds faster than Navy's second place time of 2:18.77.  Athena Liao did her best to carry this momentum into the 200 breaststroke.  Liao was out front for the first half of the race, but Navy had a strong second 100 meters. Liao took second place in a time of 2:33.08.

Albrecht's third win came in the 400 freestyle.  Save for the first 50 meters Albrecht touched first at every 50-meter interval to finish in 4:23.70.  The next fastest time was Navy's 4:26.51.  Captain Annie Killian finished fifth in a time of 4:28.04.  Hayes Hyde and Ileana Lucos then finished second and fourth in the 100 fly. 

Rachel Rosenberg then won the three-meter diving with a score of 305.48.  This score is an over 50 point improvement from her score last week against Penn and Dartmouth.  The win is Rosenberg's fourth win in the three-meter event this season.  This score is nearly 20 points higher than her regular season best from last year – also against Navy – and is even an improvement over her winning score of 291.60 from last year's Ivy League Championship.  Teammate Paige Meneses took second with 282.68 points; Christina Brasco took fifth. 

In the last event of the day the Bulldogs made up for their performance in the 200 medley relay.  The Yale 'A' team of Cynthia Tsay, Hayes Hyde, Ileana Lucos and Joan Weaver won the 400 freestyle relay, while the Yale 'B' team took fourth.  Tsay went out at 58.59, right behind Navy at 58.51.  Hyde put the Bulldogs into first place, and Lucos widened the lead to almost two seconds.  Weaver sealed the deal, finishing in a time of 3:52.56, almost two and a half seconds ahead of Navy in 3:55.05.

Next week the Bulldogs will host Harvard and Princeton at home.  Competition will begin on Friday Jan. 28 with diving at 2:00 p.m. and swimming at 6:00 p.m.  Diving will resume at 10:00 a.m. Saturday morning and swimming will resume at 12:00 p.m. 

Report filed by Yale Sports Publicity