NEW HAVEN, Conn. - Saturday's showdown with the UConn Huskies will not only round out the dual meet season for the men's swimming and diving team, but it will be the last home meet of Robert J.H. Kiphuth Director of Swimming Frank Keefe's illustrious career and for five seniors. To celebrate his brilliant tenure with the Elis, the athletic department is sponsoring "Pack The Pool", an initiative to get as many members of the Yale athletic and academic communities into the Kiphuth Exhibition Pool as possible as the Bulldogs try to pull a season-ending upset of the Huskies.
In what should prove to be one of the more exciting environments the Bulldogs have swam in all season, the Yale squad will look to finish its season with a 4-6 record, build tremendous momentum going into the championship season, and celebrate the careers of backstroker Colin McCarthy, captain and backstroker Tom Robinson, breaststroker Craig Steen, freestyler Jon Taylor, and diver Drew Teer with a Senior Day win. The only thing standing in their way is UConn.
"UConn will be tough," Keefe said. "They're an entirely scholarship school. That gives them an advantage. But we swam Harvard and Princeton well, and it was nice to see us perform against Brown, so this will be a nice tune-up going into the Championship Season."
As mere "tuneups" go, this will certainly be a poignant one, as it is Keefe's final home meet as coach of the Bulldogs. Keefe has been the Yale coach for 32 seasons. Among his various accolades are guiding the Bulldogs to 484 victories, six Ivy League titles, and two undefeated seasons. He was the assistant coach for the 1984 U.S. Olympic team, as well as head manager for the 1988 U.S. Olympic team. He has personally coached 11 Olympic swimmers. He is a member of the American Swimming Coaches Association Hall of Fame, two-time Easter Intercollegiate Swimming League Coach of the Year, and the Ivy League Women's Championship Trophy is named in his honor.
Because Keefe has touched the lives of so many throughout his career, the athletic department will be streaming video online at Yale All-Access to give displaced alumni, families, and fans a chance to be a part of the special day. To take advantage of the video stream, simply click on the "Yale All-Access Live Video" icon on the right -hand side of yalebulldogs.com and follow the simple instructions. Fans can also go directly to: http://www.stretchinternet.com/yaleschedule.html
and click "Watch" next to the UConn meet as listed.