Minutemen Down Bulldogs 177-118

Goksu Bicer. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)
Goksu Bicer. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

AMHERST, Mass. - The Yale men's swimming and diving team dropped their first non-conference dual meet of the season Saturday in Amherst, 177-118. Four Bulldogs, freshman Mike Bogese (1000-yard freestyle), captain Kyle Veatch (100-yard freestyle), junior Goksu Bicer (100-yard butterfly) and sophomore Jared Lovett (200-yard IM) turned in first-place finishes, and following a DQ of the 'A' squad, Yale's 'B' 200-yard freestyle relay team bested the field for first in that event.

The Minutemen opened things up with a win in the 200-yard medley relay, beating out Yale's squad of senior Jason Choi, junior Chris Luu, Bicer and Veatch (1:34.29) by two seconds. Bogese then got Yale on the winning track, taking the 1000 free in 9:32.80, while classmate West Cuthbert (9:44.85) took third.

Freshman Pat Killian then continued his strong start to the season with a second-place finish in the 200-yard freestyle (1:44.71), while Bicer (1:45.60) took fourth just ahead of another freshman, Ed Becker (1:45.66). Luu was the Bulldogs' top finisher in the 100-yard backstroke, taking fourth in 59.90.

Senior Scott Shinton (1:54.61) and Lovett (1:55.64) went 2-3 in the 200-yard butterfly, while Veatch led the way for Yale in the 50-yard freestyle at 21.58. The captain followed that up with his first-place finish in the 100-yard freestyle (47.30).

Lovett (1:54.50) edged out Bogese (1:54.72) for third in the 200-yard backstroke, and Luu (2:12.02) beat out freshman Danny McDermott (2:12.23) for third in the 200-yard breaststroke. Sophomore Mike Dominski (4:46.84) turned in a strong third-place finish in the 500-yard freestyle, just ahead of Cuthbert (4:49.35). Bicer and Lovett then went back-to-back with their first place finishes, and the Yale relay team of Matt Boone, Calvin Jones, Dominski and Becker ended the Bulldogs' day with a win.

Eric Olson finished fourth in the 3-meter diving competition (239.55), while freshman Tyler Pramer took fifth (234.45).

The Bulldogs are now off until January 8th for reading week, exam periods, and the holiday break. They return to action with a trip to Ithaca for their second Ivy-League meet of the season, a dual-meet matchup with Cornell.

Report filed by Chelsea Janes '12, Yale Sports Publicity.