2014-15 Yale Women's Swimming and Diving News

  • Bulldogs Perform Well at Open Water Nationals
    April 27, 2015
    Three Bulldogs competed at the USA Swimming Open Water National Championships this past weekend and finished strong in their respective events. The competition took place at Miromar Lakes Beach and Golf Club; the 10k event was contested on April 24th and the 5k event was contested on April 26th. The youngest Bulldog to compete, freshman Cailley Silbert, finished in 17th place in the 10k event with a time of 2:08:02.35.
  • Three Bulldogs Prepare to Race at Open Water Nationals
    April 20, 2015
    Three members of the Yale women’s swimming and diving team have qualified for the 2015 USA Swimming Open Water National Championships in Fort Myers, Fla., and are preparing to compete. The 10k event will be contested on April 24 and the 5k event will be contested on April 26. Juniors Eva Fabian and Emma Smith and freshman Cailley Silbert will be the three swimmers representing the Bulldogs at the National Championships. Fabian will compete in both the 10k and 5k events, Silbert will compete in the 10k event, and Smith will compete in the 5k event.
  • Student-Athletes Honored at Annual Banquet
    April 17, 2015
    The Yale women’s swimming and diving team, in conjunction with the men’s swimming and diving team, held the annual banquet to honor the Bulldogs and recognize their achievements during the 2014-2015 season. Seniors Elizabeth Larsen and Jacqui Levere, junior Eva Fabian, sophomores Michelle Chintanaphol, Sydney Hirschi and Kina Zhou, and freshmen Pauline Kaminski and Maddy Zimmerman received individual awards named after notable alumni of Yale swimming and diving.
  • Smith Named 2015-2016 Captain
    April 16, 2015
    The Yale women’s swimming and diving team has elected Emma Smith as the team captain for 2015-2016. Smith is an ecology and evolutionary biology major in Ezra Stiles College. She grew up in Shaker Heights, Ohio and currently resides in St. Charles, Ill. Smith will take over the role of captain from Elizabeth Larsen. Smith has focused mostly on the individual medley events during her three seasons as a Bulldog, but has also branched out to the breaststroke and distance freestyle events. During her freshman season, Smith finished fifth in the 400-yard individual medley, fifth in the 200-yard breaststroke, and ninth in the 200-yard individual medley at the 2013 Ivy League Swimming and Diving Championships.
  • Zimmerman Has Solid Performance at NCAA Division I Championships
    March 20, 2015
    Freshman Maddy Zimmerman, of the women’s swimming and diving team, competed in her first NCAA Division I Championship meet in Greensboro, N.C. Zimmerman entered the meet in the 36th seeded place, and maintained that when she tied for 36th place in the preliminaries of the 100-yard butterfly today. Her time of 53.09 was just a few tenths of a second off of her collegiate best time of 52.74. “That race was a great learning experience for Maddy,” said Jim Henry, Robert J.H. Kiphuth Head Coach of Women’s Swimming and Diving. “We are looking forward to bringing more athletes to the Championships next year. That work starts now.”
  • Zimmerman to Represent Yale at NCAA Division I Championships
    March 17, 2015
    Freshman Maddy Zimmerman will represent the Yale women’s swimming and diving team at the NCAA Division I Championships in Greensboro, N.C., Mar. 19-21. Zimmerman won the 100-yard butterfly at the 2015 Ivy League Championships with a time of 52.90, making her mark as one of the Ivy League’s top sprint butterfly swimmers early in her Yale career. One week after the Ivy League Championships, she competed in the same event at an NCAA Qualifier Meet and lowered her time to 52.74. The time of 52.74 earned her the 36th seeded spot at the NCAA Division I Championships. As a freshman, this will be Zimmerman’s first time at the NCAA Division I Championships.
  • Yale Divers Have Stronger Performances on Day Two
    March 10, 2015
    The four members of the Yale women’s swimming and diving team competing at the NCAA Zone A Diving Qualifying Meet had strong performances on day two in the 1-meter event. Head Diving Coach Chris Bergere said, “The competition [at the Zone Meet] was fierce and our divers each gained valuable insight on what it is going to take to be more competitive in that environment.”
  • MacRae Leads Bulldogs in 3-Meter Event on Day 1 of Zones
    March 09, 2015
    Four members of the Yale women’s swimming and diving team competed in the 3-meter event on the first day of competition at the NCAA Zone A Diving Qualifying Meet. Zone “A” covers a geographical area from Southern Virginia to Pittsburg and up to Maine. Head Diving Coach Chris Bergere says, “It is a great chance to see and compete against the best divers on the east coast.”
  • Four Divers to Compete at NCAA Diving Zones
    March 06, 2015
    Four divers on the women’s swimming and diving team have qualified for the NCAA Diving Zone Meet in Buffalo, N.Y., Mar. 9-11. The Zone Meet will act as a qualifier for the NCAA Division I Championships in Greensboro, N.C. The top seven divers in the 1-meter and 3-meter event will qualify for the Championships.
  • Freshman Maddy Zimmerman Invited to 2015 NCAA Championships
    March 04, 2015
    Women’s swimming and diving freshman Maddy Zimmerman will compete for Yale at the 2015 NCAA Division I Championships in Greensboro, N.C., Mar. 19-21. The NCAA announced the complete list of qualifying athletes this morning; a total of 332 swimmers and divers from Division I schools across the country will compete.
  • Eleven Bulldogs Earn All-Ivy Honors
    March 02, 2015
    The Ivy League announced the All-Ivy First and Second Team honorees. Eleven members of the women’s swimming and diving team were honored based upon their performances at the Ivy League Swimming and Diving Championships last week. Athletes who placed first in an individual or relay event earned All-Ivy First Team honors and athletes who placed second in an individual or relay event earned All-Ivy Second Team honors.
  • Bulldogs Rank 5th in the Nation with Fall Semester GPA
    February 23, 2015
    The Yale women’s swimming and diving team posted a 3.54 team GPA during the 2014 fall semester. The College Swimming Coaches Association of America just published their bi-annual GPA rankings for Division I teams. The Bulldogs were locked in a five-way tie for fifth place along with Bowling Green State University, Iona College, Marshall University, and Tulane University. Clemson University took the top spot, finishing the fall semester with a 3.59 team GPA. The Bulldogs were the highest-ranked Ivy League school on the official list. The ranking is a significant improvement from the 2013 fall semester where Yale was 16th with a GPA of 3.48.
  • Yale Finishes Third at Thrilling Ivy League Championships
    February 21, 2015
    The Bulldogs ended the 2015 Ivy League Women’s Swimmming and Diving Championships in third place, after being locked in a three-team battle for the championship since Thursday.
  • Yale Heads into Last Day of Ivies Nine Points out of Lead
    February 20, 2015
    The Bulldogs are in second place with 915.5 points— nine points behind Harvard, and one point ahead of Princeton.
  • With Record-breaking Relay, Bulldogs Conclude Day One in Third Place
    February 19, 2015
    The Yale women’s swimming and diving had a successful opening day at the 2015 Ivy League Women’s Swimming and Diving Championships, ending the first round of events in third place.
  • Bulldogs Prepared to Race at the Ivy League Championships
    February 18, 2015
    The Yale women’s swimming and diving team is making its final preparations before competing at the Ivy League Championships Feb. 19-21 in Cambridge, Mass. The meet will be held at Harvard’s Blodgett Pool, the site of the HYP showdown a few weeks ago where the Bulldogs put up a fight but ultimately fell to both Harvard and Princeton. Yale finished the Ivy dual competition season with a third-place standing after beating Brown in the Bulldogs’ final home meet. The Bulldogs’ 2014-2015 Ivy dual record of 5-2 was an improvement over the 2013-2014 season where they finished 4-3. Nationally, the Bulldogs are currently ranked 33rd, according to collegeswimming.com. Going into this weekend, the Bulldogs will be looking to put up a fight against their toughest Ivy competitors, Harvard and Princeton.
  • Women’s Swimming and Diving Celebrates its 40th Anniversary
    February 09, 2015
    Alumnae spanning five decades convened to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Yale’s women’s swimming and diving team this past weekend. The celebrations included multiple events over the weekend. Alumnae had a chance to spend an evening at Mory’s, attend a swim workout, try a workout with the current strength coach, and tour recent renovations on campus, among other things. After cheering on the Bulldogs to their victory over the Brown Bears, 172-71, at the storied Kiphuth Exhibition Pool, the alumnae and former coaches gathered in the President’s Room at Woolsey Hall for a dinner event. Current members and coaches of the women’s swimming and diving team also gathered for the festivities, bringing the total number of attendees to about 120 people.
  • Bulldogs Defeat Brown at Home in Final Dual Meet
    February 07, 2015
    The Yale women’s swimming and diving team defeated the Brown Bears today in their final home meet of the season. The Bulldogs bested the Bears, 171-72, in the Kiphuth Exhibition Pool in front of a large crowd gathered to celebrate 40 years of women’s swimming and diving at Yale. The three graduating seniors, Rebecca DeLaFuente, Elizabeth Larsen, and Jacqui Levere were also honored at the beginning of the meet. Lilybet MacRae led the divers to dominate the competition in both the 1-meter and 3-meter diving events. MacRae and Kelly Sherman went 1-2 in both events. Freshman McKenna Tennant placed third in the 3-meter event and sixth in the 1-meter event. Junior Olivia Grinker finished fourth on both boards. The Bulldogs saw a bit of tough competition in the relay events. In the 200-yard medley relay and the 400-yard freestyle relay, the Bulldogs’ “A” squad touched in second place behind the Bears’ “A” squad. Yale’s “B” squad finished third in both relay events, which brought in valuable points for the Bulldogs.
  • Bulldogs Wrap up Dual Season with Brown this Weekend
    February 05, 2015
    The Yale women’s swimming and diving team will host Brown in the final home meet of the season this weekend. This meet will mark the end of the regular competition season for the Bulldogs before they compete at the Ivy League Championships and NCAA National Championships. The Bulldogs currently have a 4-2 Ivy dual meet record and are ranked 32nd amongst NCAA Division I schools, according to collegeswimming.com. During the 2013-2014 season, the Bulldogs defeated the Brown Bears, 156-144, in a competitive atmosphere. The level of competition looks to be similar this year, which will be excellent preparation for the Bulldogs leading into the championship season.
  • Three Graduating Seniors Will Be Honored this Weekend
    February 04, 2015
    The Yale women’s swimming and diving team will honor three seniors at this weekend’s meet against Brown in the Kiphuth Exhibition Pool. As the last home dual of the regular competition season for the Bulldogs, the graduating seniors will be recognized. In addition, it is also the Celebration of the 40th Anniversary of Women’s Swimming and Diving at Yale. The meet will attract nearly 100 alumnae and will be a unique atmosphere for the graduating seniors to celebrate their success and culminate their swimming careers. Captain Elizabeth Larsen is a history major in Trumbull College who grew up in Richmond, Va. During her freshman season competing for Yale, she qualified for finals in both the 100-yard and 200-yard breaststroke at the Ivy League Championships. Her time of 2:20.15 in the 200-yard breaststroke from that meet is her collegiate best time. During her sophomore season, she again qualified for finals in both breaststroke events and finished in 20th place in both. During her junior season, Larsen finished in 18th place in the 100-yard breaststroke and 21st place in the 200-yard breaststroke. She has been a consistent contributor on the team all four years.
  • Fabian Finishes Fifth at Invitational In Australia
    February 02, 2015
    Current junior swimmer Eva Fabian continued her domination of international open water events this past weekend in Perth, South Australia, Australia at the BHP Billiton Aquatic Superseries. As a member of the National Open Water Team, Fabian finished in fifth place for Team USA in the 10 km open water event. Sharon van Rouwendaal, from the Netherlands, finished first, followed by Britain’s Keri-Anne Payne, and Americans Rebecca Mann and Haley Anderson. Fabian finished just two seconds behind Anderson to finish in 2:02.12.00.
  • Bulldogs Finish Tough Meet Against Harvard and Princeton
    January 31, 2015
    The Yale women’s swimming and diving team finished the HYP meet behind both Harvard and Princeton, but scored more points against both teams than they have in previous years. The Bulldogs fell to the Harvard Crimson, 184-116, and to the Princeton Tigers, 169.5-130.5. The dual between Harvard and Princeton ended in a tie, 150-150. At last year’s HYP meet, the Bulldogs scored 105 points against Harvard and 120 points against Princeton, so this year’s meet saw a definite improvement against both teams. The Bulldogs Ivy record now stands at 4-2, with one final dual meet against Brown remaining before the team prepares to compete at the Ivy Championships.
  • Bulldogs Finish Solid First Day of HYP Meet
    January 30, 2015
    The Yale women’s swimming and diving team finished the first day of competition on a strong note. The Bulldogs are trailing both the Harvard Crimson 95-55 and the Princeton Tigers, 83.5-66.5. In the first swimming event of the meet, the 200-yard medley relay, the Bulldogs finished in fourth, fifth, and seventh place. The relay field was highly competitive; Yale’s “A” relay was only one one-hundredth of a second behind the Harvard “B” relay and only 16 one-hundredths of a second behind the Princeton “A” relay.
  • Bulldogs Prepared for Annual HYP Showdown
    January 25, 2015
    The Yale women’s swimming and diving team is making its final preparations for the annual “HYP” meet, to be held in Cambridge, Mass., on Jan. 30-31. This meet will be the Bulldogs’ first matchup with the Harvard Crimson, but it will be the second matchup with the Princeton Tigers this season. Harvard won the Ivy Championships in 2014 and Princeton won the Ivy Championships in 2013, so the “HYP” meet looks to be the most competitive so far this season, but a strong Bulldog squad is ready to take on the challenge. Earlier this season, at the Brown Invitational on Dec. 5-7, the Bulldogs came home with a victory, outscoring Princeton by more than 200 points and outscoring the host team, Brown, by more than 400 points. That was a huge victory; it was the first time that Yale beat Princeton since 1997.
  • Sophomore Lilybet MacRae Named Diver of the Week
    January 22, 2015
    Sophomore Lilybet MacRae was named ECAC Diver of the Week for the week ending Jan. 18. At the Yale vs. New Hampshire dual meet on Jan. 17, MacRae won both the 1-meter and 3-meter diving events, helping to pull the Bulldogs to a 152-85 victory over the New Hampshire Wildcats. During the past two years, MacRae has been a dominant force on the women’s swimming and diving team. As a freshman, she set new school records in the 1-meter and 3-meter diving events. She was also one of two Bulldogs to qualify for the 2014 NCAA Championships, where she placed 34th in the 1-meter event and 35th in the 3-meter event.
  • Bulldogs Defeat New Hampshire, 152-85
    January 17, 2015
    The women’s swimming and diving team defeated New Hampshire in a home dual meet today; the Bulldogs reined in 152 points to top the Wildcats’ 85 points. The competition utilized the 13-event format. It gave the Bulldogs a chance to swim the 400-yard medley relay and the 200-yard freestyle relay, neither of which are usually contested at a dual meet but both of which are at the Ivy Championships. In the 400-yard medley relay, Yale’s “A” relay narrowly out-touched New Hampshire to win in 3:52.98. In the 200-yard medley relay, Yale’s “A” and “B” relays were well ahead and finished first and second in 1:36.42 and 1:37.75, respectively
  • Michelle Chintanaphol Named ECAC Swimmer of the Week
    January 17, 2015
    Sophomore on the women’s swimming and diving team, Michelle Chintanaphol, was named Corvias ECAC Swimmer of the Week for the week ending Jan. 11. Chintanaphol won two events, the 100-yard and 200-yard backstroke, at the dual meet versus Cornell on Jan. 7. A few days later in the meet versus Dartmouth and Penn, she came back with three wins, in the 100-yard and 200-yard backstroke and the 200-yard individual medley. Her wins helped the Bulldogs secure three Ivy dual meet victories against Cornell, Dartmouth, and Penn.
  • Bulldogs to Host Dual Meet Against New Hampshire this Weekend
    January 13, 2015
    The Yale women’s swimming and diving team will host New Hampshire on Jan. 17 in the Kiphuth Exhibition Pool. The meet against the Wildcats will give the Bulldogs a short break from Ivy competition but will still provide ample opportunities to race a strong team.
  • Bulldogs Break Three Pool Records on Way to Victory
    January 10, 2015
    The Yale women's swimming and diving team traveled to Hanover, N.H., today for a meet against Dartmouth College and University of Pennsylvania. The tri meet was scored as three separate dual meets among the teams; the Bulldogs pulled off victories against both the Dartmouth Big Green, 243-57, and the Penn Quakers, 187.5-112.5.
  • Bulldogs Victorious Over Cornell 200-100
    January 07, 2015
    The Yale women’s swimming and diving team opened 2015 with a win over Cornell, 200-100. The Bulldogs had a strong showing right from the start of the meet and held on through the final relay.
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