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Yale Within Striking Distance Heading into Final Day At Ivy Championships

The record-setting 400-yard medley relay team: Raime Jones, Cha O'Leary, Bella Hindley and Lili Margitai. Photo credits to Derik Hamilton.
The record-setting 400-yard medley relay team: Raime Jones, Cha O'Leary, Bella Hindley and Lili Margitai. Photo credits to Derik Hamilton.

PRINCETON, N.J. — The Yale women's swimming and diving team enjoyed another successful day at the Ivy League Women's Swimming and Diving Championships and will head into the final day of the meet in second place. Harvard sits in first with 988 points, while Yale has 931.50. No other team has more than 800 points.

Senior Bella Hindley followed up her brilliant swims on Thursday with another record-setting performance on Friday. Swimming the 100-yard backstroke, Hindley broke not only Yale's record, but also the all-time Ivy League record with a time of 52.34. The previous record was set last year during the Ivy League Championships by former Bulldog Heidi VanderWel (52.45). Along with the record, Hindley also won the event by almost two full seconds.

Hindley also was part of the 400-yard medley medley relay that broke the DeNunzio Pool record with a time of 3:36.20. Hindley led off the event swimming backstroke and was followed by junior Cha O'Leary swimming breaststroke and junior Lili Margitai swimming butterfly. First-year Raime Jones anchored the record-setting relay. 

Each of Hindley's fellow relay team members also had strong individual performances. Jones had an incredibly successful swim in the 200-yard freestyle, swimming the event in 1:47.42 and placing second. Fellow first-year Izzi Henig (1:47.59) finished within milliseconds of Jones, taking third. In the B heat of the finals, sophomore Claire O'Mara finished 13th overall with a time of 1:50.43. 

O'Leary also placed second in her individual event, the 100-yard breaststroke. She touched in at 1:00.79. First-year MaryKate Buckley finished shortly after O'Leary at 101.89, taking fifth in the event.

Margitai was the lone representative for the Bulldogs in the 100-yard butterfly finals. She, like Jones and O'Leary, placed second, finishing the race in 53.22 seconds.

The Bulldogs were strongest in numbers in the 1000-yard freestyle. Sophomore Nathalie Eid paced the Bulldogs with a time of 9:53.68, finishing sixth. Senior Lilla Felix finished one spot behind Eid at seventh with a time of 9:56.13. Junior Kendall Brent placed ninth, touching at nine minutes and 57.03 seconds. First years Ashley Loomis (10:00.78) and Ali Truwit  (10:00.86) also placed in the top 16, finishing 11th and 12th, respectively. 

Yale also took three of the top six places in the 400-yard individual medley. First-year Olivia Paoletti (4:15.27) placed third, senior Destiny Nelson (4:15.93) placed fourth and junior Bebe Thompson (4:17.49) finished sixth.

Heading into the final day of the meet, Yale is within striking distance of Harvard.

Complete results from Friday can be found here.

Full coverage of the final day can be found here: Prelims | Finals


Report filed by Luke Benson '21, Yale Sports Publicity.