Cornell Men Upset Yale in 2-Point Victory, Yale Women Win


  • January 19, 2019
  • Hosts: Cornell
  • Results
  • Scores
    • WOMEN: Yale 232, Cornell 68
    • MEN: Cornell 148, Yale 146


Bella Hindley led the way for the Yale women, who easily took down Cornell. The senior, who has put down one of the fastest 50 freestyles in the country this season, won the 50 free on Saturday (23.05) and 100 back (55.70) individually. She was also their 200 medley relay lead-off (26.42), and threw down a 49.89 anchor leg to lead Yale’s 400 free relay (3:24.94).

Bebe Thompson was another double winner for the Bulldogs, who blanked Cornell by winning every single event, swimming and diving. Thompson won the 200 fly first, going 2:03.56 to edge her teammate Carrie Heilbrun (2:04.02). In the 400 IM, her only other event of the day, she was 4:28.41, with Cornell’s Sophie Cherkez not far behind at 4:29.21.

Freshmen Raime Jones and Marlise Moesch flip-flopped in the 200 and 100 free. Jones took the 200 free, going 1:50.88 to Moesch’s 1:51.69, while Moesch claimed the 100 free, 51.81 to 51.95.

Cha O’Leary swept the breaststrokes, going 1:04.56 in the 100 and 2:19.62 in the 200, as Yale absolutely dominated this one.


Yale finished 3rd in the Ivy League last year, over 300 points ahead of 6th place Cornell. Championship meet outcomes don’t directly translate to how a dual meet will shake out, but the Cornell men were certainly not the favorites going into this one. They ended up on top, though, in a thrilling finish with the last relay determining the win.

Things kicked off with a very close race in the 200 medley relay, with Cornell edging Yale, 1:31.45 to 1:31.64. The difference maker for Cornell was Jacob Mullin, who out-split Yale’s Ryan Huizing on the fly leg, 21.94 to 22.37.

Cornell’s Ryan Brown was key, winning both breaststroke events. He was 56.07 in the 100 and 2:01.35 in the 200, edging Yale’s Calvin Yang in the 200 (2:01.77). Brett Herbert won both diving events, with Cornell going 1-2-3 as Yale didn’t have any divers competing for a huge points swing for Cornell.

Yale was led by Henry Gaissert, who won all three of his individual events. He was 20.07 in the 50 free, 44.31 for a two-second win in the 100 free, and 49.63 in the 100 fly, just getting ahead of Cornell’s James Huang (49.69), Yale’s Huizing (49.85), and Cornell’s Mullin (49.90). Gaissert set new pool records in the 50 and 100 free.

Min Zhi Chua led a Cornell 1-2 finish in the 200 IM (1:52.20) with Ricardo Martinez (1:52.49), and even Yale’s 1-2 finish in the 400 free relay wasn’t quite enough to make up the scoring gap, and Cornell escaped with a two-point win at home.

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5 years ago

Yale announced a few years back that they were going to build a new pool. I may be wrong, but so far it seems like nothing has been done. Last time I checked they were trying to find someone to pay for it. It’s not like Yale does not have any money, they have a huge multi-billion dollar endowment. Anyone know anything?

Reply to  Billy
5 years ago

The pool project has been stuck in the pipeline for a while now, due to high capital cost and what appears to be some misdirected money management on the University’s part.

All athletic facility projects (at Yale) are funded by donations, rather than through the endowment. Because the university does not want to build a new facility, but rather renovate the Kiphuth Pool, the cost would be about double ($47 million +). There has been a widespread search for a lead donor, but no luck so far.

Reply to  bulldog
5 years ago

Sad for the great Yale tradition. One would think an alumnus could part way with a naming gift of $10-$15 million?

Reply to  bulldog
5 years ago

Yale was promising a new pool back when I was being recruited–1983

Record Board
5 years ago

Gaissert also set two pool records with his wins in the 50 and 100 freestyle.

5 years ago

Article fails to mention Yale did not enter men’s divers

Reply to  Swimfan
5 years ago

Well then I guess Yale didn’t really want to win, did they? Can’t intentionally lose a meet then whine that you think you should get credit for winning anyway!

Reply to  ChompChomp
5 years ago

Where are the Cal fans when Yale needs them?!?

Reply to  iLikePsych
5 years ago

That’s good humor

About Karl Ortegon

Karl Ortegon

Karl Ortegon studied sociology at Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT, graduating in May of 2018. He began swimming on a club team in first grade and swam four years for Wesleyan.

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