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Bulldogs Going Strong at Ohio State Invite

Bulldogs Going Strong at Ohio State Invite

COLUMBUS, Ohio-- The Bulldogs continued to push through the second day of the meet despite a long first day.


To start off finals, Yale's A-relay and B-relay both scored points in the 200-yard medley relay. Heidi VanderWel, Cha O'Leary, Maddy Zimmerman and Bella Hindley led the Yale's A-relay finishing strong in tenth place overall (1:40.93). Jacquelyn Du, Paulina Kaminski, Charlotte Hylinski and Kate Rogers led the B-relay and placed nineteenth (1:43.29) overall, scoring two points for the team.


Leading the 100-yard butterfly, Zimmerman snuck into seventh (54.29), just 0.02 seconds in front of Notre Dame in the A-finals of the 100-yard butterfly. Her teammate Lili Margitai out-touched Washington State University's swimmer by 0.11 seconds, finishing third (54.99) in the C-finals. Their teammate raced in the C-final as well, placing seventh (55.23), finishing twenty-seventh overall in the event.


In the 400-yard individual medley, Destiny Nelson dominated her heat, finishing first (4:15.72) in the B-finals. Her teammate Bebe Thompson also competed in the same finals, out-touching Marshall University's swimmer by 0.2 seconds and placing ninth (4.21.60). Meanwhile, their teammate Cate Sawkins raced in the C-finals, finishing third with a time of 4:20.53.


Sophie Fontaine, Claire O'Mara and Danielle Liu led the Bulldogs in the 200-yard freestyle in the C-finals, snatching fourth (1:49.66), fifth (1:49.80) and ninth (1:50.75) places respectively.


O'Leary made it into the A-finals, finishing fourth (1:00.82) overall in the 100-yard breastroke. Her teammate Kaminski made raced in the C-finals and also placed fourth (1:03.36), just 0.09 seconds ahead of Washington State University's swimmer.


Hindley swept sixth place (53.78) in the 100-yard backstroke, scoring 13 points for the team. Her teammate VanderWel competed in the B-finals, finishing eighth with a time of 54.82.


To complete the swimming evening events, Yale's B-relay and A-relay placed tenth (7:21.67) and eleventh (7:22.02), scoring 14 and 12 points respectively in the 800-yard freestyle relay. Rogers, Hanna Blankemeier, Margitai and Claire O'Mara led the B-relay while Nelson, Liu, Fontaine and Hindley led the A-relay.


On the divers' end, Nikki Watters had an outstanding performance in the 1-meter dive, finishing fifth with a score of 275.35. Her teammates McKenna Tennant, Hannah Walsh and Talbott Paulsen followed her and stole twelfth (244.50), thirteenth (240.75) and fourteenth (232.15) places respectively.


The Bulldogs maintained their fifth position overall with a score of 226. 50 in between Ohio State University and University of Pittsburgh.

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