Yale Women and Men Open with Home Wins against Southern Connecticut State

The Yale men’s and women’s teams opened their season on Friday night with their tradition first scored meets against neighboring Southern Connecticut State University. The Bulldog women won 186-69 while the men won 156-95. Full results available here.

The Bulldogs’ Amy Zhao (27.52), Ali Stephens-Pickeral (29.96), Heidi Vanderwel (26.77), and Olivia Jameson (24.31) combined for 1:48.56 to win the women’s 200 medley relay. SCSU scored with Rachel Smolensky (29.50), Courtney Silva (32.29), Lilly Martin (28.80), and Katie Crochet (24.26).

The men’s race went to Yale as well, with Shawn Nee (23.53), Andrew Heymann (25.92), Alwin Firmansyah (22.16), and Aaron Greenberg (20.00) touching in 1:31.61. SCDU’s Tyler Vander Vos (25.57) Brandon Beaudoin (28.86), Dylan Swanepoel (24.15), and James Vaz (22.38) went 1:40.96.

Yale’s Casey Lincoln (10:23.29) and Kei Hyogo (9:11.03) won the women’s and men’s 1000s, respectively. Freshman Hyogo also won the 200 fly, going 1:52.04.

Bulldog Freshman Danielle Liu (1:53.90) came in just ahead of junior Eva Fabian (1:54.78) to win the 200 free. Sydney Fromkin (2:04.60) was the first Owl to the wall. Fabian later won the 500 free (5:01.20).

Jonathan Rutter, another Bulldog freshman, won the men’s 200 free in 1:41.29. Yale’s Will Yang (1:45.58) just out-touched Louis Geist of SCSU (1:45.75) for second. Rutter also won the 200 breast, and rather handily, with 2:03.32.

Yale’s Jameson won the women’s 100 back in 59.72. The Owls’ Smolensky edged her teammate Aubrey Bailey for fourth, 1:02.48 to 1:02.73. Kevin Stang of Yale took the men’s 100 back in 51.94. Vander Vos went 55.31 to lead the Owls’ contingent.

Stephens-Pickeral won the 100 breast with 1:07.30 in front of teammate and captain Elizabeth Larsen (1:08.29). The men’s contest featured a close race between Yale’s Heymann (56.14) and Ronald Tsui (56.92).

Bulldog Emma Smith was first to the wall in the 200 fly (2:08.28); she also won the 200 breast (2:26.89).

Yale’s Mackenzie Franklin went 24.67 to take the 50 free; Greenberg won the men’s race with 20.71. He doubled with a win in the 100, as well, going 45.60 to teammate Firmansyah’s 45.81. The women’s 100 free was a close race, but Bulldog Michelle Chintanaphol got the win with 53.13.

Yale freshman Vanderwel won a decisive victory in the 200 back with 2:08.12. Brian Hogan had a tougher go of it, winning his race in 1:53.67, just .40 ahead of teammate Alex Schultz. Freshman Zhao of Yale beat Isla Hutchinson-Maddox 57.75 to 57.96 for the women’s 100 fly title. The final event, 200 IM, went to SCSU’s Silva in 2:19.93. Yale’s Kaminski swam exhibition in 2:06.37.

The SCSU men scored all the points in the final three events, as the Bulldogs were all swimming exhibition by then. Geist picked up the win in the 500 free with 4:46.33 (Rob Harder of Yale swam a 4:37.72). Austin McMahon’s 55.34 was the winning time in the 100 fly (Yu-Bin Kim went 51.77). And finally, Beaudoin captured the 200 IM in 2:01.02 (Greenberg went 1:53.30).

Women’s Final Scores

Yale University 186 – 69 Southern Connecticut State University

Men’s Final Scores

Yale University 156 – 95 Southern Connecticut State University

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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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