2018 Women’s Ivy League Championships Day 1: Yale, Harvard Break Relay Records

2018 Women’s Ivy League Swimming & Diving Championships

The 2018 Women’s Ivy League Swimming & Diving Championships kicked off Wednesday night at Blodgett Pool on the Harvard University campus with a pair of meet records in the 200 medley and 800 free relays.

200 Yard Medley Relay

  • Meet record: 1:37.71 2017 Yale (H. Vanderwel, C. O’Leary, M. Zimmerman, I. Hindley)
  • Pool Record: 1:40.34 2015 Yale (H. VanderWel, P. Kaminski, M. Zimmerman, K. Zhou)

The Yale Bulldogs, who had won all five relays with Championship Records at last year’s meet, opened up the 2018 Ivies with another meet, pool and program record in the 200 medley relay. Heidi Vanderwel (24.81), Cha O’Leary (27.42), Maddy Zimmerman (23.45) and Bella Hindley (21.62) combined for a blistering 1:37.30, taking .41 seconds off their own Ivy League record, set by the same four Bulldogs a year ago. Following Yale, and also touching the wall under the pool record mark with a school record of 1:39.20, were Princeton’s Isabel Reis (25.59), Jenny Ma (27.88), Elsa Welshofer (23.72), and Madelyn Veith (22.10). Harvard (1:39.74) and Columbia (1:39.86) also broke the pool record.

800 Yard Freestyle Relay

  • Meet record: 7:06.35 2017 Yale (K. Zhou, L. Margitai, O. Jameson, I. Hindley)
  • Pool Record: 7:12.62 1981 Mission Viejo (M. Linzmeier, S. Habernigg, J. Williams, S. Hanna)

It was Harvard with the meet, pool, and program records in the 4×200 free, though, ending Yale’s recent dominance in Ivy relays. Miki Dahlke (1:45.00), Kennidy Quist (1:45.98), Geordie Enoch (1:47.89), and Meagan Popp (1:46.19) put up a 7:05.06, lowering Yale’s championship meet mark by 1.3 seconds. Princeton was once again second to the wall. While 3.5 seconds behind Harvard, the Tigers nonetheless finished 4 seconds ahead of last year’s champs and clocked a program record with 7:08.58. Reis (1:46.97), Claire McIlmail (1:47.07), Joanna Curry (1:47.78), and Monica McGrath (1:46.76) contributed to the Princeton effort. The 2017 Ivy-champion Yale came in third this year with 7:12.51, just under the pool record and 1 second ahead of Brown.

Team Scores Through Day 1

  1. Harvard University 118 / Yale University 118
  2. Princeton University 112
  3. Brown University 102
  4. Columbia University 100
  5. University of Pennsylvania 96
  6. Cornell University 92
  7. Dartmouth College 90

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Anne Lepesant

Anne Lepesant is the mother of four daughters, all of whom swim/swam in college. With an undergraduate degree from Princeton (where she was an all-Ivy tennis player) and an MBA from INSEAD, she worked for many years in the financial industry, both in France and the U.S. Anne is currently …

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