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Bulldogs' Second Dual Meet Win of the Season

Yale vs. Columbia
Yale vs. Columbia

NEW YORK, N.Y.--After a long drive to the Lions' territory, the Yale women's swimming and diving team swept a second dual-meet victory of the season. The final score was 188-111.

The Bulldogs' depth was apparent as they clinched eleven wins, four of which were 1-2-3 sweeps in individual events.

The Bulldog divers had strong performances against the Lions. Nikki Watters continued the momentum from last weekend with a victory in the 3-meter diving and the 1-meter diving events with scores of 292.43 and 282.15.  Teammate Hannah Walsh followed up in second place behind Watters for both events with scores of 271.36 and 278.17..

The swimmers also competed well, winning majority of their events and finishing close to Columbia in others. In the 200-yard medley relay, the A-relay barely fell short of Columbia's A-relay by 0.01 (1:43.75) with their teammates on the B-relay following them, placing third (1:44.89).

As a comeback,the Bulldogs swept a 1-2-3 win in the 1000-yard freestyle. Cailley Silbert led the competition, placing first with a time of 10:09.34 with her teammates Nathalie Eid (10:12.09) and Danielle Liu (10:18.71) following shortly behind. Though swimming the event as an exhibition, Lilla Felix placed fourth (10:26.35)  in the race not too far from Liu.

In the 200-yard freestyle, Sophie Fontaine placed second (1:52.42), finishing about 0.5 seconds in front of Columbia. Similarly, her teammate Heidi VanderWel snuck in third (57/95)  just before Columbia in the 100-yard backstroke.

Stealing a win for the team was Cha O'Leary. Pulling away from the competition, she finished first (1:03.28) in the 100-yard breastroke. Her teammate Mary Tate followed not too far from O'Leary, slipping into third (1:06.28), just 0.01 seconds in front of Columbia.

The Bulldogs swept a 1-2-3 victory in the 200-yard butterfly with Charlotte Hylinski leading (2:03.57). Following her were her teammates Bebe Thompson and Carrie Heilbrun who placed second (2:05.02) and third (2:05.13) respectively. Though swimming the event as an exhibition, Lili Margitai sped into fourth (2:06.73), finishing not too far from her fellow freestylers.

Bella Hindley sprinted across the pool, finishing first with an amazing time of :23.24. She finished almost a full second in front of Columbia. Meanwhile, her teammate Claire O'Mara swiftly out-touched Columbia's swimmer within less than 0.05 seconds in the 100-yard freestyle, finishing first (51.48). Similarly, Cate Sawkins slipped into second place (2:04.32), just 0.6 seconds ahead of Columbia in the 200-yard backstroke.

O'Leary, Paulina Kaminski and Destiny Nelson stole a 1-2-3 victory in the 200-yard breastroke, finishing with times of 2:19.48, 2:20.42 and 2:20.58 respectively. Similarly, Nathalie Eid, Kendall Brent and Liu swept the top three places in the 500-yard freestyle with times of 4:57.95, 4:59.64 and 5:01.10 respectively.

With strong starts, Hylinski and Maddy Zimmerman sped across the pool, finishing first (55.82) and second (56.01) respectively in the 100-yard butterfly.

To finish up the individual events, Margitai and Thompson raced across the pool, finishing second (2:06.79) and third (2:07.38) respectively in the 200-yard individual medley.

As a grand finale, the Bulldogs' A-relay crushed the competition in the 200-yard freestyle relay, winning the event with a time of 1:33.77.

After the meet, the Bulldogs celebrated their victory with friends, family and alumni at a nice restaurant in New York City and then returned home to rest and prepare for their upcoming meet in Ohio.

The Bulldogs will once again compete next week but this time in Ohio in preliminary and finals format.


Report filed by Angela Lee, YSPH '18, Yale Sports Publicity