CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - Thanks to a record-breaking performance in the 200-yard medley relay, the Yale women's swimming and diving team began the Ivy League Championships with a strong start. The team is currently tied for first with Harvard with 118 points.
Yale's 200-yard medley made the NCAA B-cut and set the Ivy League, meet, pool and school records with a time of 1:37.30. In that event, Heidi VanderWel led the backstroke leg with a time of 24.81, Cha O'Leary the breaststroke leg, Maddy Zimmerman the butterfly leg and Bella Hindley the freestyle leg.
In the 800-yard freestyle relay, first year Claire O'Mara went first for Yale, then junior Destiny Nelson, then sophomore Lili Margitai and sophomore Sophie Fontaine as the finishing leg. As a team, the four swimmers finished third, beating the pool record - originally 7:12.62 - with the time of 7:12.51.
The Bulldogs prepare for the second day of the meet, which will be the start of the individual events.
Report by Angela Lee, YSPH '18, Yale Sports Publicity