PRINCETON, N.J. - The men’s swimming and diving team finished their conference season with a 2-5 record, dropping meets to Princeton, Harvard, Penn, Columbia, and Cornell while taking victories against Brown and Dartmouth; fortunately for the Elis, who finished the season tied for sixth in the regular season standings, none of those wins – or losses – will matter as they compete in the Ivy League Championship meet this weekend at Princeton, NJ.
If the Elis hope to make the splash in the postseason that they couldn’t during conference meets, they will have to knock off not only Columbia (3-4) , Penn (4-3) , and Cornell (5-2) , who sit just ahead of them in the standings, but also perennial powerhouses - and this year’s favorites - Princeton (7-0) and Harvard (6-1).
Harvard is coming off a strong second place showing in the ECAC Championships, while the Tigers are coming off a win over Columbia that secured an undefeated Ivy League season.
The Elis, for their part, are coming off an emotional dual-meet win over UConn in a meet that marked the end of Coach Frank Keefe’s storied tenure as the Robert J.H. Kiphuth Director of Swimming. These championships will be the last of Keefe’s career, and his last chance to win the Ivy League Championship trophy named in his honor.
The Bulldogs will be led by senior captain Tom Robinson. who will team with freshman Mike Dominski to yield a powerful Eli backstroking core. Sophomore Goksu Bicer had been tremendous in short races all season for Yale, and will contend for one of the top three spots in nearly all of the 50 and 100 yard races. Matt Lee has had a consistently solid year in the 500 and 1000 free, and will be the Bulldogs’ best chance in those races this weekend.
The three day championship meet gets underway Thursday Mar. 4th on the campus of Princeton University.
Report filed by Chelsea Janes ’12, Yale Sports Publicity.