DARTMOUTH, Mass. - Coming off a well-swum loss
to Ivy League rivals Harvard and
Princeton, the men’s swim team was faced with the difficult challenge of having to bounce back in a midweek showdown with Brown’s Bears - its last Ivy
League meet of the season on short rest and at an unfamiliar venue (UMass
Dartmouth). Yet despite the circumstances, that is precisely what Robert J.H.
Kiphuth Director of Swimming Frank Keefe’s squad did, taking a 161-137 win
over the Bears to send round out regular season Ivy League competition with a
record of 1-5, 3-5 overall.
Adding to the adversity facing the Elis was a
tough opening race in the 200 yard
medley relay. Yale’s “A” squad of freshman Mike Dominski. Junior Sam
Goldsmith, sophomore Goksu Bicer, and junior Kyle Veatch has been getting
meets off to a good start for the Elis all season, but in a hotly contested
opening race fell to Brown’s team by just one one-hundredth of a second. The
Elis swam the race in 1:33.48, good for second place as the Bears touched them
out at 1:33.47.
“We got touched out in the medley relay and it didn’t sit well with us.”
Keefe said. “We were battling back the
whole rest of the way.”
The climb back into things began right away, as the very next event saw junior Matt Lee grab first in the 1000 yard freestyle. Juniors Lugar Choi and Kyle Veatch then
went 1-2 in the 200 yard freestyle (1:42.78 and 1:43.38, respectively) to keep the momentum with the Elis.
Captain Tom Robinson (51.03) then stepped up to edge Dominski (51.65) in the 100 yard backstroke to earn the second-straight Bulldog sweep of the top two spots.
Goldsmith earned third in the 100 yard breaststroke with a time of 58.87 seconds, and freshman Jared Lovett and senior Scott Shinton took two of the top three spots (second and third, respectively) in the 200 yard butterfly.
Bicer had another huge day for Yale with a hattrick of wins, taking first in the 50 yard freestyle (20.89 seconds), the 100 yard freestyle (46.02 seconds), and the 100 yard butterfly (49.40 seconds).
Robinson, winning the 200 yard backstroke in 1:48.53, and Matt Lee, taking the 500 yard freestyle in 4:41.81, also added multiple wins for the Elis, as did senior diver Drew Teer, who had a spectacular day, winning both the 1 meter (291.45) and 3 meter (334.73) competitions. Teammate Colton Staab took second in both events.
If Wednesday’s victory shows that the Elis can overcome a tough challenge, that mettle will be tested even more on Saturday in Keefe’s final home meet. UConn’s Huskies will come to town for the Bulldogs’ final meet of the dual meet season amongst a flurry of activity planned for Coach Keefe’s farewell.
The action begins Saturday at noon at the Kiphuth Exhibition pool.