The Yale men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams rounded out winter break with a bang by defeating Cornell, Dartmouth and Penn last week, continuing both teams’ undefeated streaks as they head into a new semester.
The women defeated Cornell 200–100 and took down Dartmouth 243–57 and Penn 187.5–112.5, while the men trounced Cornell 215–85, Dartmouth 216–84 and Penn 217–82. The wins for the men’s team were its largest margins of victory since defeating Dartmouth 234.5–65.5 in 2010. Both teams pushed their unblemished conference records to 4–0 on the season.
“It feels amazing to be undefeated this season, beating out Penn, Dartmouth and Cornell this past week,” Isla Hutchinson-Maddox ’17 said.
The women began the Cornell meet with Lilybet MacRae ’17 taking on the three-meter and one-meter dives, securing victories in both. Her three-meter score of 317.11 points set a new record at the Cornell pool.
The Yale swimmers started their day with first and second place finishes in the 200-yard medley relay. The “A” team of Amy Zhao ’18, Pauline Kaminski ’18, Sydney Hirschi ’17 and Kina Zhou ’17 took home the victory in a time of 1:46.61, defeating third-place Cornell by two seconds. Eva Fabian ’16 continued her streak of outstanding finishes with a victory in the 1000-yard freestyle, finishing 20 seconds ahead of Cornell’s top swimmer in the event. Victories continued for Yale in the next five events, until the Big Red snapped the streak in the 100-yard freestyle. But the Bulldogs came back and took home five of the remaining six events, rounding out the day with a win in the 400-yard freestyle relay.
Against Dartmouth and Penn, MacRae pulled off another victory in the three-meter dive to start the day. The swimmers started strong with wins in the 200-yard medley relay and the 1000-yard freestyle, in which Cailley Silbert ’18 beat out Fabian for first place by two seconds and set a new Dartmouth pool record of 10:01.31. That relay team also set a new pool record of 1:44.54.
Michelle Chintanaphol ’17 and Kaminski won the 100-yard backstroke and 100-yard breaststroke, respectively, while Hutchinson-Maddox succeeded in the 200-yard butterfly. And in the 500-yard freestyle, Fabian broke the pool record, setting the mark at 4:55.57.
The women finished the meet well ahead of second-place Penn, extending their undefeated streak by another week.
“Our team work together to reach both our individual and team goals and I think it has really showed in our times this season and the new records we have set at these pools,” Hutchinson-Maddox said.
The men’s team had similar success. At Cornell, James McNelis ’16 won both the one-meter dive and the three-meter dive. Meanwhile, the swimmers opened up the day with an intense race in the 200-yard medley relay, when the “A” team of Shawn Nee ’18, Andrew Heymann ’15, Alwin Firmansyah ’15 and Victor Zhang ’16 won by just over a second. Kei Hyogo ’18 and Ben Lerude ’17 set blistering paces in the 1000-yard freestyle, both finishing over 20 seconds ahead of the third place Cornell swimmer. Brian Hogan ’16 took home the 200-yard freestyle, while Nee won the 100-yard backstroke by only 0.02 seconds.
The Bulldogs won the remaining 10 events, effectively shutting out Cornell from any chance at a victory and in the process, sweeping all 16 events.
“Coming into the season, we knew that we could win all of our meets up to this point,” Jonathan Rutter ’18 said. “However, I think we surprised ourselves with how definitively we took down our closest rivals.”
In Hanover, the 200-yard medley relay “A” team won yet again with a time of 1:31.15, falling just short of breaking the pool record of 1:31.02. Hyogo continued his impressive campaign, winning the 1000-yard freestyle, with Hogan finishing in second. Rob Harder ’15 and Rutter barely out-touched Misha Tovmashenko from Dartmouth to win first and second, respectively, in the 200-yard freestyle. Nee’s time of 49.46 in the 100-yard backstroke broke the pool record previously set by Alex Righi ’06. The Elis won nine of the next 10 events and sealed their win over the Big Green and the Quakers, rounding out another nearly flawless meet.
With only three meets left before the Ivy League Championships in February, the men’s and women’s teams are setting their sights on the end of the season. Hutchinson-Maddox and Rutter both said that the teams have goals set for the championships that push them through tough days during the season.
“I’m feeling anxious and excited to see how we can perform at Ivies,” Zhou said. “Ivies [have been] on our minds since the start of the season.”
The men’s team will be heading to New Jersey to face Penn State this weekend, while the women compete at home against New Hampshire at 2 p.m. on Jan. 17.