Hindley Sets Records on Second Day Of Ivy League Championship

Bella Hindley (photo by Alexandra Schmeling '16)
Bella Hindley (photo by Alexandra Schmeling '16)

PRINCETON, N.J. — The Yale women's swimming and diving team had a successful second day at the Ivy League Women's Swimming and Diving Championships on Thursday. The Bulldogs sit in second place with 495.5 points. Harvard is first with 526.5 points.

In the biggest highlight of the day, senior Bella Hindley broke the Yale women's swimming record for the 50-yard freestyle.

Hindley set Yale's all-time record for the 50-yard freestyle not once, but twice on Thursday. In the morning prelims, Hindley broke the previous record — set by herself in November, 2018 — of 22.23 with a time of 21.98. In Thursday's finals, Hindley again beat that record, swimming the race in 21.83 seconds and taking first place. It was also a meet and pool record and the fourth straight year Hindley captured the Ivy 50 freestyle title. She is the first women's swimmer in Ivy history to win the 50 freestyle four straight years. 

Not to be overshadowed by Hindley's brilliance, first-year Izzi Henig also finished in the top eight places, taking fourth with a time of 22.89. Sophomore Claire O'Mara placed 14th overall, swimming the event in 23.61 seconds.

Yale also continued its success in the relay events on Thursday. After taking first in the 200-yard medley relay and second in the 800-yard freestyle relay on Wednesday, Yale won the 200-yard freestyle relay. The team — consisting of Henig, Jones, O'Mara and Hindley — finished with a time of 1:29.76. It was the third time in the last four years that the Bulldogs won the 200 free relay Ivy crown.

Five Bulldogs finished in the top 16 places in the longest event of the day: the 500-yard freestyle. Junior Kendall Brent led the way for the Bulldogs, finishing in fourth place with a time of 4:47.80. First-year Ashley Loomis (5:51.67) finished in eighth. In the B heat, sophomore Nathalie Eid (4:50.41) and first-year Raime Jones (4:50.55) finished in 10th and 11th, respectively. Senior Lilla Felix finished in 14th, touching in four minutes and 52.85 seconds.

In perhaps their most successful event of the day, three Bulldogs placed in the top five places of the 200-yard individual medley. Senior Destiny Nelson took third with a time of 1:58.93, while junior Lili Margitai placed fourth (1:59.15). After finishing eighth in the prelims, first-year Olivia Paoletti rose three spots in the finals, finishing in a tie for fifth with a time of 2:00.18.

The first diving event, the 1-meter dive, took place on Thursday. Senior Talbott Paulsen finished second overall with 282.00 points, a score that qualified her for the NCAA Zone A Diving Championships. First-year Marisa Conner (232.25) and senior Hannah Walsh (212.05) placed 15th and 16th, respectively.

The prelims on Friday will begin at 11:00 a.m. Following the morning session, competition will resume at 6:00 p.m. with the finals.

The final day of the championship is Saturday.

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