Aaron Greenberg Blasts 19.57 50 Free, Breaks Yale Pool Record

Yale vs Cornell (Men’s and Women’s)

  • Tuesday-Wednesday, January 9th-10th
  • Kiphuth Exhibition Pool, New Haven, Connecticut
  • Short course yards
  • Results

Team Scores



Yale concluded its 2nd 2-day meet against Ivy League opponents in less than a week on Wednesday, January 10th. After rolling to victories against Penn and Dartmouth over the weekend, The Bulldogs took Monday off from competition then jumped right back into again on Tuesday, hosting Cornell for the final Yale home meet of the season. The Yale women’s team only dropped 1 event to the Big Red, while the men dropped 4, bringing Yale‘s combined win total to 33 out of 38 events.

The first day of competition was light, featuring only the women’s 3 meter diving, men’s 1 meter diving, 400 medley relay, 1000 free, and 200 free relay. Yale took 1st-4th on the women’s 3 meter, but 4th place finisher Talbott Paulsen was competing exhibition, so she didn’t score any points. On the men’s 1 meter, Christian DeVol edged out his teammate, Chris LeBalla, by 7 points.

Yale put a great pair of wins in the 1000 on day 1 as well, with Cailley Silbert putting up a 10:00.84 and Kei Hyogo posting a 9:05.82. Silbert’s time lands as both her 2nd fastest time of the season and the 2nd fastest time in the Ivy League this season. Her season best and conference-leading time of 9:58.61 was set back in November at the Ohio State Invite. Silbert actually holds the 3 fastest times in the Ivy League this season, with the #3 time coming from her 10:05.03 which she swam just 3 days earlier, on January 6th at Dartmouth. Hyogo’s time was also his 2nd fastest of the season, beating out his previous dual meet season best of 9:12.92 by 7 seconds. He also negative split the race 4:33.33/4:32.49. Kyogo’s season best time of 9:02.85 from the Ohio State Invite ranks 2nd in the Ivy League, and his time from this meet was the 4th fastest time in the Ivy League this season.

Hyogo continued into day 2 with 2 more dual meet season bests in the 400 IM and 500 free. Hyogo posted a 3:53.37 in the 400 IM, which was actually only the 3rd time he’s swum the event this season, and the first time at a dual meet. He went 3:44.73 at the Ohio State University invite, which is also his lifetime best. In the 500, Hyogo went 4:24.08, a dual meet best time which came in .81 seconds under his previous dual meet best time, which he set 3 days earlier at Dartmouth.

The biggest race of the meet came from Aaron Greenberg, who went a season best time and pool record of 19.57 in the 50 free. Greenberg’s previous season best time in the event was 19.67 from the OSU invite. Greenberg’s lifetime best in the event is 19.41, which he went at both the Ivy League Championships and NCAAs last year. Greenberg also posted a pretty quick 50.07 in the 100 IM, and split a 48.39 on the fly leg of the 400 medley relay.

Event Winners


  • 400 medley relay: Yale (Vanderwel, O’Leary, Zimmerman, O’Mara) – 3:45.39
  • 1000 free: Cailley Silbert (Yale) – 10:00.84
  • 200 free relay: Yale (Hindley, O’Mara, Margitai, Rogers) – 1:34.68
  • 200 medley relay: Yale (Vanderwel, O’Leary, Zimmerman, O’Mara) – 1:42.84
  • 400 IM: Sophie Pilkinton (Yale) – 4:27.05
  • 200 free: Danielle Liu (Yale) – 1:53.14
  • 100 back: Heidi Vanderwel (Yale) – 55.84
  • 100 breast: Cha O’Leary (Yale) – 1:02.83
  • 200 fly: Charlotte Hylinski (Yale) – 2:05.24
  • 50 free: Bella Hindley (Yale) – 23.26
  • 100 free: Claire O’Mara (Yale) – 52.08
  • 200 back: Cate Sawkins (Yale) – 2:02.40
  • 200 breast: Ashley Pales (Yale) – 2:22.04
  • 500 free: Cailley Silbert (Yale) – 4:58.10
  • 100 fly: Maddy ZImmerman (Yale) – 55.15
  • 100 IM: Bella Hindley (Yale) – 57.13
  • 400 free relay: Cornell (Kiselis, Hsu, Rudolph, Cherkez) – 3:30.68
  • 1 meter diving: Nikki Waters (Yale) – 302.47
  • 3 meter diving: McKenna Tennant (Yale) – 314.85


Press Release – Yale Men:

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The Yale men’s swimming and diving team defeated Cornell 226-127 in its final home meet of the 2017-18 season. The victory concluded a grueling week of competition for the Bulldogs; The team defeated three Ivy League teams over five days. During the two days of competition against Cornell, the Bulldogs claimed first in 15 of the 19 events. Additionally, senior Aaron Greenberg set a new Robert J.H. Kiphuth Exhibition Pool record in the 50-yard freestyle.

“The team has performed incredibly well over the last week,” remarked Jim Henry, the Robert J.H. Kiphuth Coach of Men’s and Women’s Swimming and Diving. “Today’s meet against Cornell was filled with outstanding diving and great racing. It was a great way to honor our seniors in their last meet at home.”

On the first day of competition, the Bulldogs posted dominating individual performances, taking first and second in each event. Kicking off the meet to a strong start, first year Christian DeVol and sophomore Chris LaBella claimed first and second in the one-meter diving event with scores of 289.42 and 282.30, respectively. Additionally, senior Kei Hyogo touched first in the 1000-yard freestyle at 9:05.82 with first year Patrick Frith following in second at 9:35.27.

Yale also found success in the relays on the first day, claiming first and second in each event as well. In the 400-yard medley relay, Yale‘s ‘A’ relay – senior Shawn Nee, first year Tim Dorje Wu, Greenberg and sophomore Henry Gaissert – touched first with a time of 3:19.04. Yale‘s ‘B’ relay – junior Edward Stolarski, senior Derek Kao and sophomores Ryan Huizing and Max Bottene – followed up in second with a time of 3:21.04.  In the 200-yard freestyle relay, Yale‘s ‘A’ relay – Gaissert, Bottene, sophomore Duncan Lee and Greenberg – won the event with a time of 1:21.32. Moreover, Yale‘s ‘B’ relay – first year Philippe Marcoux, Huizing, sophomore Tristan Furnary and junior Adrian Lin – claimed runner-up at 1:24.16.

The Bulldogs continued the momentum on the second day of competition. Yale divers went one-two-three in the three-meter diving event with DeVol in first, LaBella in second and senior Wayne Zhang in third.

The Bulldogs fielded an all senior relay team – Nee, Kao, Greenberg and team captain Dirk Bell – for the seniors’ final home 200-yard medley relay.  In a close finish, the team just barely missed out on first to finish runner-up at 1:31.74.

Yale found success in the individual medley events throughout the second day of competition. Greenberg won the 100-yard individual medley by over two seconds, touching at 50.07. In the 400-yard individual medley event, Hyogo touched first with a dominating performance. His time of 3:53.37 was over 10 seconds ahead of his nearest opponent. Wu followed up in third with a time of 4:09.00.

The Bulldogs also took the top podium spot in all the individual freestyle events. In the 50-yard freestyle, Greenberg finished first by over a second with at time of 19.57. Moreover, Greenberg’s time set a new Robert J.H. Kiphuth Exhibition Pool record. The previous record of 19.79 was held by Alex Righi ’09, who was an American record-holder in the event in 2009. Huizing followed up in third at 21.30.

Gaissert and Bottene finished first and second, respectively, in the 100-yard freestyle; Gaissert touched at 45.38 and Bottene finished at 46.85. Lin led the charge in the 200-yard freestyle, finishing first at 1:40.49.  Gaissert followed up in second with a time of 1:41.80. In the 500-yard freestyle, Hyogo claimed his third individual win of the meet with a time of 4:24.08. Sophomore Matt Slabe also finished runner-up in the event with a time of 4:37.93.

The team also found success in the stroke events throughout the meet. In the 100-yard backstroke, Stolarski won a tough battle with his Cornell opponents to finish first at 50.85, out-touching the runner-up by 0.04 seconds. Nee took on the mantle in the 200-yard backstroke, finishing first at 1:49.50.

In the 100-yard butterfly, Huizing finished runner-up with a time of 50.38 in a highly competitive field; All the racers were separated by less than one second. Junior William Drexler also claimed runner-up in the 200-yard butterfly with a time of 1:52.48. Following closely behind, Frith finished third with at time of 1:53.78.

Kao challenged the 2017 Ivy League champion, Alex Evdokimov, in the 100-yard breaststroke. In a close race, Kao fell short by less than 0.1 seconds, finishing runner-up with a time of 56.39. Senior Jonathan Rutter won the 200-yard breaststroke at 2:01.06 with a strong performance, finishing over six seconds faster than his nearest opponent.

The Bulldogs’ strong performances in the individual events throughout the meet carried over in the final 400-yard freestyle relay. Yale‘s ‘A’ relay – Lin, Rutter, Hyogo and Marcoux – claimed first at 3:02.58 while Yale‘s ‘B’ relay – Furnary, first year Tyler Harmon, Lee and Drexler, finished runner-up at 3:07.90.

“I’m extremely happy with the steady growth the team has made over the last several months,” Henry said. “They are working well together with tough racing and strong diving. We are looking forward to using this momentum in our training.”

After concluding their final home meet of the season, the Bulldogs will go on the road for the exciting finale to their season. Next week, they will travel to New Jersey, where they will take on Seton Hall on Jan. 19.

Press Release – Yale Women:

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The Yale women’s swimming and diving team won against Cornell 271-82 in the final home meet of the 2017-18 season Tuesday. The team claimed first in 18 of the 19 events, and in the majority of those the Bulldogs claimed second and third places as well.

The Bulldogs dominated individual performances both days, taking the top three spots in almost every event. Divers McKenna TennantHannah Walsh and Brigita Burgess swept first, second and third with scores of 314.85, 276.15 and 272.25, respectively, in the 3-meter diving. Divers Nikki Watters, Walsh and Talbott Paulsen took first (302.47), second (291.30) and third (283.28) in the 1-meter dive.

Similarly, long-distance freestylers Cailley SilbertKendall Brent and Sophie Fontaine took first (10:00.84), second (10:11.64) and third (10:19.79) in the 1,000-yard freestyle. In the 500-yard freestyle, Cailey Silbert, Carrie Heilbrun and Nathalie Eid continued the first, second, third streak with times of 4:58.10, 4:59.95 and 5:01.67. Middle distance freestylers Danielle LiuDestiny Nelson and Cheryl Xiang also claimed first (1:52.14), second (1:54.23) and third (1:55.16), respectively. Freestyle sprinters Bella Hindley and Amy Zhao snuck into first (23:26) and second (24.74), respectively, in the 50-yard freestyle. Similarly, Claire O’Mara and Kate Rogers took first (52.08) and second (52.34), respectively, just under a second ahead of Cornell‘s sprinter in the 100-yard freestyle.

Backstroker Heidi VanderWel dominated the competition in the 100-yard backstroke, winning with a time of 55:84, more than a full second ahead of Cornell‘s swimmer. In the 200-yard backstroke, Cate Sawkins and Elizabeth Felix strongly held first (2:02.40) and third (2:05.90) throughout the race.

Breaststrokers Cha O’Leary and Paulina Kaminski led the competition in the 100-yard breaststroke, placing first (1:02.83) and second (1:06.37), respectively. In the 200-yard breaststroke, Ashley PalesPaulina Kaminski and Mary Tate dominated the pool, taking first (2:22.04), second (2:22.46) and third (2:25.10).

Butterfliers Charlotte Hylinski and Sophie Fontaine slipped into first (2:05.24) and second (2:05.55) in the 200-yard butterfly, just a second ahead of Cornell‘s butterflier. In the 100-yard butterfly, Maddy Zimmerman touched first with a time of 55:15, almost two full seconds ahead of Cornell.

The individual medley swimmers also had strong performances. In the 400-yard individual medley, Sophie PilkintonBebe Thompson and Cate Sawkins placed first (4:27.05), second (4:29.02) and third (4:34.32). Similarly, Bella HindleyDestiny Nelson and Lili Margitai took first (57.13), second (58.12) and third (58.37).

Yale also successfully won events in the relays, with the exception of only one. Yale‘s A-relay, B-relay and C-relay continued the first, second and third victory streak in the 400-yard medley relay with times of 3:45.39, 3:49.90 and 3:50.51, respectively. Still maintaining the first spot, Yale‘s A-relay and B-relay took first (1:34.68) and second (1:37.20), respectively, in the 200-yard freestyle relay. In the 200-yard medley relay, Yale‘s A-relay and B-relay placed first (1:42.89) and third (1:47.14). Though Yale lost the top spot to Cornell in the 400-yard freestyle relay, Yale‘s A-relay and B-relay were able to keep second (3:30.74) and third (3:30.76).

Satisfied with the performances, Coach Jim Henry commented, “The team has performed incredibly well over the last week. Today’s meet against Cornell was filled with outstanding diving and great racing. It was a perfect way to pay tribute to our seniors in their last meet in the Exhibition Pool. Our growth over the last several months has been steady and strong. We are all looking forward to the meets ahead.”

Concluding the final home meet of the season, the Bulldogs look forward to the remaining dual and tri-meets against teams within and outside of the Ivy League. Within a few days, they will travel to New Jersey, where they will compete at Rudgers on Jan. 12.

Press Release – Cornell Men:

NEW HAVEN, Conn. — The Cornell men’s swimming and diving team earned 25 top three finishes, including three event wins, but Yale‘s depth proved too much in a 226-127 Bulldog dual meet victory on Wednesday afternoon at the Robert J.H. Kiphuth Exhibition Pool at Payne Whitney Gym. The Big Red fell to 1-5 on the year (1-4 Ivy) with the loss in the two-day meet against its Ivy rival.

The team of Dylan Curtis, Alex Evdokimov, Jacob Mullin and Jack Mahoney won the 200 medley relay in 1:31.69, edging out the Bulldogs at the top of the standings. They weren’t the only winners, however. Evdokimov won the 100 breast (56.30) in a tight battle against Yale‘s Derek Kao (56.39). Vincent Declercq touched first in the 200 butterfly, while Mullin captured a win in the 100 fly (50.03) with Declercq finishing third.

Min Zhi Chua was the runner-up in the 100 IM (52.34) and the 400 IM (4:07.00), and Mullin took second in the 100 back (50.89), just .04 behind the race winner. Mahoney was second in the 50 free (21.10), Van Cates earned the second spot in the 200 back (1:51.06), Ryan Brown finished in the same spot in the 200 breast (2:07.19).

The Big Red will continue Ivy League dual meet competition when it visits Columbia on Saturday, Jan. 13 at 2 p.m.

Press Release – Cornell Women:

NEW HAVEN, Conn. — The Cornell women’s swimming and diving team opened its second semester of competition by posting 12 top three efforts in a 271-82 loss at Yale on Wednesday afternoon at the Robert J.H. Kiphuth Exhibition Pool at Payne Whitney Gym. The Big Red slipped to 1-4 (0-4 Ivy) with the loss in the two-day meet.

The lone win of the meet for the Big Red came in an exciting finale, the 400 free relay. Laurel Kiselis, Helen Hsu, Maegan Rudolph and Sophia Cherkez closed in 3:30.68, with Hsu swimming the fastest split (51.03) of the day to rally Cornell from nearly two second behind to take its victory.

Cornell also earned a number of runner-up finishes, including Sarah Baturka, Cape Murch Elliot, Lexi Schaaf and Hsu finishing second in the 200 medley relay in 1:46.25. Individually, Hsu took second in both the 100 (56.91) and 200 back (2:04.48), while Rudolph was second in the 100 fly (57.07).

The Big Red will continue Ivy League dual meet competition when it visits Columbia on Sunday, Jan. 14 at 2 p.m.

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