After 19 straight years as the bridesmaid to Ivy League rivals Princeton and Harvard, Yale women’s swimming and diving team was finally the bride this past weekend at the annual double dual meet known as HYP. The Bulldogs built on the lead they had established by the end of the first session on Saturday, and finished Sunday’s session firmly at the top of the standings in their first undefeated Ivy League in a long while. Yale is the clear favorite to win the 2016 Ivy League Women’s Championship meet, which will give them their first conference title since 1978.
Sunday’s session began with the 100 free, with Yale’s Kina Zhou leading the field in 50.37. Maddy Veith (51.33) and Victoria Chan (51.37) were Princeton and Harvard’s top finishers, respectively. Danielle Lee and teammate Kendal Crawford led a 1-2 Harvard sweep of the 200 back, touching in 1:58.37 and 1:59.30. Kate Rogers (2:00.03) of Yale edged Princeton’s Lindsay Temple (2:00.09) for third overall.
Freshmen Kate Didion (2:15.25) and Janet Zhao (2:16.94) of Princeton clocked the top times in the 200 breast, ahead of Harvard sophomores Katie Evans (2:17.17) and Geordie Enoch (2:17.83).
Yale came back with a 1-2-3 finish in the 500 free behind Cailley Silbert (4:52.81), Eva Fabian (4:54.83), and Danielle Liu (4:55.91). Princeton’s Monica McGrath (4:56.04) and Rebecca Fleming (4:56.89) both touched ahead of Harvard’s Willa Wang (4:57.58). Lilybet MacRae came out at the top of the field in the 1-meter diving event, just outscoring Mikaela Thompson of Harvard, 291.40 to 290.05. Third place went to Deborah Daly of Princeton with 271.50 points.
Maddy Zimmerman of Yale out-touched Harvard’s Sonia Wang and Princeton’s Nikki Larson, 54.55-54.77-55.17, to claim victory in the 100 fly. Wang won the final individual event, the 200 IM, in 2:00.62. Yale’s Sophie Pilkinton went 2:04.05 for second; Princeton’s Beverly Nguyen was third in 2:04.29.
Yale finished the meet with a win in the 400 free relay, hitting the wall in 3:22.94. Princeton’s top quartet went 3:24.77; Harvard was 3:26.18.
Princeton 165 – 135 Harvard
Yale 173.5 – 126.5 Princeton
Yale 167 – 133 Harvard