SWIMMING | Bulldogs defeat Ivy rivals

The Yale women’s swimming team swam through two more squads to remain undefeated.
The Yale women’s swimming team swam through two more squads to remain undefeated. Photo by Nicholas Lombardo.

Both the men and women’s swimming and diving teams came away from Philadelphia last Saturday with Ivy League victories, but only the women were outright winners in the meet.

The women’s team (6–0, 4–0 Ivy) defeated both Penn and Dartmouth by scores of 204.5 to 95.5 and 234 to 66, respectively, while the men’s team (3–3, 1–3) defeated the Big Green 234.5 to 65.5, but could not secure a win against the Quakers, losing 170 to 130.

Swimmers from all three schools faced off against each other in the same events, but points were calculated separately on a head-to-head basis between each team.

The women’s team continued their near-perfect season in dominant fashion by winning the first thirteen swimming events of the day before dropping the 200-yard freestyle relay and both diving events.

“This weekend showed what we can do with rest and was definitely a confidence booster,” captain Susan Kim ’10 said. “We are taking the wins as they come and using them for greater motivation.”

The team of Molly Albrecht ’13, Susan Kim ’10, Alex Forrester ’13 and Cynthia Tsay ’13 won the 200-yard medley relay, followed by a 1-2 finish by Joan Weaver ’13 and Abigail Nunn ’12, respectively, in the 100-yard freestyle. Weaver took first by almost four seconds.

Forrester and Kim were each victorious in three individual events on the day. Forrester won the 50-, 100- and 200-yard freestyle events, while Kim won the 100- and 200-yard breaststroke and the 200-yard individual medley.

Albrecht also won two individual events, finishing first in both the 100- and 200-yard backstroke. Tsay trailed closely behind her, claiming second place in both events.

Bulldogs Ileana Lucos ’11, Monica Tung ’13 and Hayes Hyde ’12 swept the 200-yard butterfly, respectively. Later they had a 1–2–4 finish in the 100-yard butterfly, with Hyde taking first, and Tung and Lucos taking second and fourth, respectively.

Weaver claimed her second win of the day in the 500-yard freestyle.

Although the Bulldogs did not win either diving event, Paige Meneses ’13 and Rachel Rosenberg ’12 placed second and third in both the one and three-meter events, respectively.

“We know we are a stronger team than we have ever been,” Kim said. “A win is great, but we are trying to keep it in perspective — beating Penn isn’t our ultimate goal, we want to beat Harvard and Princeton.”

The men’s team started their meet out strong with a 2–4 finish in the 200-yard medley relay from Yale’s top-two relay teams. Matt Lee ’11 continued his dominance in the 1,000-yard freestyle, claiming his fourth win in the event in four meets. Mike Dominski ’13 and captain Tom Robinson ’10 followed this up with a 1–2 finish in the 100-yard backstroke.

Despite the Bulldogs’ quick start to the meet, Penn was not losing any ground; in each of the aforementioned events, Penn gained points from top three finishes. Similarly, although Scott Shinton ’12 secured a win in the 200-yard butterfly, Penn swimmers took second and third spots. Bicer finished second in the 100-yard freestyle, with Penn swimmers placing first and third.

“Even though we didn’t come out with two wins this weekend, I still think our team performed well,” backstroker Jason Choi ’11 said. “We just ended up losing a lot of close races to Penn, and that ultimately cost us the meet.”

Robinson and Dominski contributed to Yale’s point total with a 1–3 finish, respectively, in the 200-yard backstroke. Lee looked for his second win of the day in the 500-yard freestyle, but came up just short with a second place finish to a Penn swimmer. Bicer added a first-place finish in the 100-yard butterfly.

Yale divers did their part, with Drew Treer ’10 and Colton Staab ’12 finishing 1–2, respectively, in the one-meter event, and Eric Olson ’12 rounding out the top three in the three-meter event.

“We obviously wanted to beat Penn, but one of our main focuses was having more intensity and support within the team,” Lee said. “Although we didn’t come away with the win, we definitely made some steps in the right direction.”

Both the men’s and women’s teams will take a break from Ivy League competition when they face Navy at home on Jan. 23. They face Harvard and Princeton at Princeton on Jan. 30.

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