Yale Breaks Meet Record on Night Two of Women’s Ivy League Championships

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Virginia Burns began night two of the 2017 Women’s Ivy League Swimming and Diving Championships by winning the 500 freestyle. The Penn junior won in 4:42.20, over four seconds ahead of the rest of the field.

Burns bested the pool record she set this morning by over one second. Her time is under the NCAA B standard.

Yale’s Caille Silbert took second in 4:47.51 ahead of her teammate Olivia Jameson who finished third in 4:48.84. Both Bulldogs also achieved NCAA B cuts.

Penn’s Grace Ferry (4:48.18), Harvard’s Willa Wang (4:48.88), Princeton’s Monica McGrath (4:49.64), Brown’s Tatiana Prendella (4:49.67), and Penn’s Madison Visco (4:50.91) completed the top eight.

The second pool record of the night was broken, this time by Harvard’s Meagan Popp in the 200 IM. She won with a time of 1:58.45.

This marks the second consecutive win in this event for the sophomore. Her time was also an NCAA B cut.

Yale’s Destiny Nelson grabbed silver in 1:58.97 and Harvard’s Sonia Wang took third in 1:59.65 as the only other swimmers to crack the two-minute barrier.

Harvard’s Danielle Johnson (2:00.65), Columbia’s Jessica Antiles (2:00.71), Princeton’s Olivia Chan (2:01.95), Harvard’s Geordie Enoch (2:02.45), and Yale’s Sydney Hirschi (2:2:03.03) rounded out the A-final.

Not to be outdone, Bella Hindley broke yet another pool record in the final individual event of the evening. The Yale sophomore won the 50 free in 22.25.

This is Hindley’s second consecutive gold in this event after winning it last year as a freshman. Her time achieved the NCAA B standard.

Hindley’s teammate Kina Zhou took second in 22.43 while Harvard’s Mei Lynn Colby finished third 22.72.

Columbia’s Mary Ashby (22.80), Harvard’s Miki Dahlke (22.80), Harvard’s Gabby Sims (22.90), Princeton’s Madelyn Veith (22.97), and Cornell’s Cari Stankaitis (22.84) rounded out the top eight.

Harvard’s Mikaela Thompson took the top spot on the podium in the women’s 1m diving event. The sophomore won with 295.55 points.

Yale’s Talbott Paulsen (290.55) and Lilybet MacRae (284.40) took second and third, respectively.

Yale’s Hannah Walsh (279.95), Harvard’s Alisha Mah (273.40), Harvard’s Katie Russ (264.80), Yale’s McKenna Tennant (264.40), and Harvard’s Jing Leung (261.80) also competed in the top eight.

Yale has gone three-for-three in relays so far this meet, taking first in the 200 free relay. The Bulldog team of Hindley (22.45), Kate Rogers (22.63), Maddy Zimmerman (22.81), and Zhou (21.80) touched the wall in 1:29.69. Their time set a new pool and meet record.

Harvard was also under the previous meet record, taking second in a close 1:29.69. Brown finished third in 1:31.33.

2017 Women’s Ivy League Day 2 Finals – Results

Team Scores:

1. Harvard-560.5
2. Yale-555
3. Princeton-323
4. Brown-288
5. Columbia-270.5
6. Penn-267
7. Cornell-226
8. Dartmouth-156

Prelims will begin tomorrow at 11 a.m. EST.

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Bill Bell
Bill Bell
7 years ago

Both Yale’s Destiny Nelson and Harvard’s Sonia Wang have a Southern California connection. Nelson swam @ USC last year and had a 200 IM pr of 1:59.4 prior to tonight. Wang grew up in Orange County and swam as a prep for Junipero Serra High. I believe she won the California state 100 fly title in 2013. She also swam for he Aquazots USS team and has a 1:55+ 200 fly pr although that was done prior to joining Harvard.

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