Bulldogs Take On Big Red for First Action of 2011

Matt Lee. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

NEW HAVEN, Conn. - After a break of over a month, the Yale men's swimming and diving team is back in action for the first time of 2011 when it travels to Ithaca to take on Cornell Saturday morning. The meet will be the Bulldogs' first Ivy League competition since their season-opening loss to Columbia on Nov. 13, and their first overall since a Dec. 4 loss at the University of Massachusetts.

The Bulldogs had four first-place finishers in that meet against the Minutemen, as junior Goksu Bicer (100-yard butterfly), freshman Mike Bogese (1000-yard freestyle), sophomore Jared Lovett (200-yard IM) and captain Kyle Veatch (100-yard freestyle) all took the top spots in their events. Yale's 'B' 200-yard relay team also turned in an impressive performance, securing first in that event after the Yale 'A' team was disqualified.

So far this season, freshmen like Bogese have bolstered first-year Kiphuth Director of Swimming Tim Wise's squad, and will look to increase the size of their already substantial impact as they head through the rest of the season. In his first swim of the season, freshman Pat Killian took second overall against Columbia (second only to his captain, Veatch) in the 50-yard freestyle, and has proven to be a strong sprinter throughout the first three meets of the 2010-11 season. In that same meet, freshman Danny McDermott took second in the 100-yard breaststroke and third in the 200-yarder.

Also having a strong season for a Yale distance corps is senior Matt Lee, who took first overall in the 1650-free at the highly-competitive, six-team Boston University Terrier Invitational. Bogese took third in that event.

Yale will certainly need those freshmen to continue to contribute as they head up to Ithaca. The Big Red enter the meet having beaten two Ivy League teams already: Dartmouth (173-125) and Penn (172-120).  Its only two losses this season have come at the hands of perennial Ivy League powers Harvard (216-82) and Princeton (192-100).  In Cornell's most recent outing which came, like Yale's, on Dec. 4, the Big Red took down Binghamton in a tight 154-146 decision. Like the Bulldogs did on that date against UMass, Cornell won five events in that meet. The Big Red was led by the strong swimming of Taylor Wilson, who should pose a tough challenge to Lee in the distance events. Wilson took the 1650-free. The Big Red also took the 1-meter and 3-meter diving events. 

The Bulldogs and Big Red will get underway at 10 a.m. Saturday morning in Ithaca, a meet that will start a streak of five consecutive weekends of meets for the Elis.

Report filed by Chelsea Janes '12, Yale Sports Publicity