Yale Women Top Harvard, Princeton; Harvard Men Lead

2016.03.26 NCAA Mens Swimming Championships_Reagan Yale Kei Hyogo
Photo Courtesy: Reagan Lunn/Georgia Tech Athletics

By Dan D’Addona.

The Yale women’s swim team completed another strong day against its rivals and won the annual HYP competition on Saturday. The Bulldogs defeated Harvard, 223.60-76.50 and defeated Princeton, 230-70.

The Bulldogs completed an undefeated regular season record at 16-0 and 7-0 in the Ivy League, after winning every event Saturday.

Day two started off with a 1-2 finish by Talbott Paulsen and Lilybet MacRae in the 1-meter diving event with scores of 302.35 and 274.55 points, respectively.

In the 100-yard freestyle, Kina Zhou and Isabella Hindley took 1-2, finishing in 49.88 and 50.22, respectively.

Heidi VanderWel won the 200-yard backstroke in 1:59.69.

Freshman Charlotte O’Leary won the 200-yard breaststroke in 2:16.87.

The Bulldogs grabbed another 1-2 finish in the 500-yard freestyle, led by Danielle Liu in 4:50.94. Senior Isla Hutchinson-Maddox capped off her Yale swimming career with a second-place finish with a final time of 4:51.30.

In the 100-yard butterfly, Lili Margitai bested the field by more than half a second to win the event in 54.84. Maddy Zimmerman tied for second with a Harvard competitor in 55.41.

Liu and Sophie Pilkinton paired up to take the top two places in the final individual event of the day, the 200-yard individual medley. Liu’s final time was 2:02.54 and Pilkinton’s was 2:04.45. Kaminski also took sixth place in 2:06.77.

In the men’s meet, Harvard defeated Yale in the first of two dual meets, 105-62. The second meet is Sunday.

Yale’s Kei Hyogo went on to win a tough race in the 1650-yard freestyle against Harvard’s Logan Houck. The pair swam neck-to-neck for the majority of race, both averaging 27 second splits. The event came down to the last 50 yards with Houck leading with a fraction of a second. Hyogo rallied with a huge finish, claiming first at 15:04.52, just ahead of Houck at 15:04.91.

Yale junior Aaron Greenberg won the 50-yard freestyle in 19.94.

Complete men’s results were not immediately available.

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Bill Bell
Bill Bell
7 years ago

A girl named Destiny Nelson swam for USC last season and now she’s @ Yale.

Forgetting for a moment the differences academically between these two distinguished institutions of higher learning…why did she opt to become a Bulldog?

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