Yale Women Earn First HYP Crown in Two Decades

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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 senior Eva Fabian at 2016 HYP. Photo: Anne Lepesant

Yale senior Eva Fabian led the Bulldogs to their first undefeated Ivy season in recent memory.

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.

Final Scores:

Princeton 165 – 135 Harvard
Yale 173.5 – 126.5 Princeton
Yale 167 – 133 Harvard

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4 years ago

Wedding of year about to happen!

4 years ago

Just one more reason to show that Jim made the best decision of his tenure this summer when he hired Kerri Smith. She took UVA to new heights and now she’s taking Yale to new heights!!!

Can’t wait to see what lucky school hires her as their head coach in the very near future.

I see BIG things for this Yale team and can’t wait to see them at Ivies

Yale Swim Fan
Reply to  Yalie07
4 years ago

To be fair, Jim has had Yale on a trajectory to be in the Ivy hunt three years ahead of Kerry showing up. I am sure she is a great addition, but she is riding on the Jim Henry train and learning a lot I am sure.

4 years ago

Just shows what an absolutely phenomenal Coach Jim Henry is — bringing BIG TIME swimming mentality to the Ivy League. BOOLA BOOLA

About Anne Lepesant

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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