December 3, 2010

Bulldogs Head to Amherst for Showdown with Minutemen

NEW HAVEN, Conn. - The Yale men's swimming and diving team is back in action for the first time since the Thanksgiving break Saturday at the University of Massachusetts. The Bulldogs are coming off a fourth-place finish at Boston University's Terrier Invitational – a meet in which they finished just behind the third-place Minutemen.

The distance team was the story of the Terrier Invite for Yale, led by senior Matt Lee who took first overall in the 1650-yard freestyle, fourth in the 500-yard freestyle, and fifth in the 400 IM. Bolstering the senior's performance were the contributions of two freshmen: Mike Bogese and West Cuthbert. Bogese took third in the 1650 free and sixth, just behind Lee, in the 400 IM. Cuthbert also had a big meet, finishing sixth in the 500 free and turning in a solid performance as part of Yale's second-place 800-yard freestyle relay team.

Captain Kyle Veatch also had a strong showing, taking second overall in the 100-yard butterfly and third in the 200-yard freestyle. His fifth-place finish in the 50-free was tops for any Bulldogs in that race.

UMass has also been out of action since the Terrier Invite, meaning they are fresh off a day which saw them take six top-five finishes. Max Butler was among the Minutemen's top performers, taking second in the 100-yard backstroke, just ahead of teammate Trevor Ziegler. Most relevant to their matchup against Yale, however, is that the only team to best the Bulldogs in the 800-relay was UMass, who took first in that event.

The Bulldogs and Minutemen square off for a one-day meet in Amherst Saturday.

Report filed by Chelsea Janes '12, Yale Sports Publicity

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