Yale Splits with Ivy League Foes Penn and Dartmouth

Mike Dominski. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)
Mike Dominski. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The Yale men’s swimming and diving team (3-3, 1-3) grabbed its first Ivy League win of the season Saturday, taking a 234.5 – 65.5 decision over Dartmouth’s Big Green (1-4, 0-4), while dropping a tough 170-130 decision to the University of Pennsylvania’s Quakers (3-3, 3-3) in Philadelphia.

Yale’s 200 yard medley relay teams got the Bulldogs off to a hot start, as the top squad of Mike Dominski, Zak Murez, Goksu Bicer and Kyle Veatch took second in the event, while the Eli second team of Jason and Lugar Choi, Craig Steen, and Mert Altinok took the fourth spot.

Matt Lee took a huge victory in the 1000 yard freestyle with a time of 9:31.86, an event he has won in each of Yale's past three meets. Lugar Choi then took second in the 200 yard freestyle, while Dominski and captain Tom Robinson earned the top two spots in the 100 yard backstroke with times of 51.76 and 51.82, respectively.

Scott Shinton won the 200 yard butterfly for Yale, tra,iled closely by Penn swimmers Michael Thompson and Alex Kalish, who rounded out the top three. Penn swimmers grabbed the first and third spots in the 100 yard freestyle, sandwiching Yale’s Bicer, whose time of 46.05 was good for second in that event.

Robinson took first in the 200 yard backstroke with his 1:51.21 time, trailed closely by third place finisher Dominski (1:54.20), who had edged him in the 100 yard race.

The Bulldogs' versatility was then on display as Matt Lee showed his mettle once again in the tough 500 yard freestyle, grabbing second overall in addition to his top finish in the grueling 1000 yard event. Bicer followed that up with a big win in the short, sprinting event - the 100 yard butterfly - with a time of 49.35 seconds.

Eric Olson took the top spot in the 3 meter diving with his score of 295.9, and though Drew Treer and Colton Staab finished first and second in the 1 meter event, the Elis were unable to get the win.

The Yale A team’s third place finish in the day’s final event, the 400 yard medley relay, was not enough to propel the Bulldogs past the Quakers, though it did prove enough to send the Big Green home with the loss.

The Bulldogs are back in action next weekend in New Haven as Navy's Midshipmen come to town for a non-conference dual meet.

Report Filed by Chelsea Janes ’12, Yale Sports Publicity