NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The men’s swimming and diving team will take to the pool for its last meet of 2009 when the UMass Minutemen come to town for a dual meet Saturday. The Minutemen are a new addition to the Bulldogs’ schedule this season, and finished just one spot (and, more importantly, just 10 points) ahead of the Elis at Boston University’s Terrier Invitational two weeks ago.
The Bulldogs, coming off a dual-meet win against Southern Connecticut on Nov. 23 in which injuries and fatigue from the three-day Terrier Invitational prevented Yale from swimming at full force, will have had two weeks to recuperate by the time Saturday’s matchup rolls around.
The Elis will also enter their contest with the Minutemen with a newfound confidence in the depth of their squad: freshmen Mike Dominski, Sean Haufler and Jared Lovett all stepped up for the worn-down Bulldogs and delivered strong performances against the Owls. Dominski took second in the 200-yard freestyle, and the versatile Haufler followed up a second place finish in the 1650-yard free with a win in the 200-yard backstroke. Lovett also had a big day, taking third in the 1650 free. They will combine with the Bulldogs’ corps of proven veterans, led by captain Tom Robinson and fellow senior Colin McCarthy, both backstrokers, who turned in strong weekends at the Terrier Invitational.
The refreshed squad will face off against 3-1 UMass, which is coming off a 171-107 win over Binghamton in its last dual meet. The Minutemen last swam at the Terrier Invitational, where they outscored the Elis 741.5-731.5. They are led by freestylers Trevor Ziegler and Juan Moliere, both of whom finished in the top five in the 100 free at the Terrier Invitational, and breaststroker Brian Schmidt, who took third in the 200-yard breaststroke. Sophomore Joey Sordon is amongst UMass’s top distance swimmers, finishing just behind Haufler in the 1650-yard freestyle when the teams met in Boston.
With a win, the Bulldogs would push their dual-meet record to 2-1 and head to break over .500 as they head into the grind of their season. The action gets underway Saturday at 7 pm in the Robert J. Kiphuth Exhibition Pool.
Report filed by Chelsea Janes ’12, Yale Sports Publicity