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Bulldogs Look to Make a Splash as Big Green, Quakers Come to Town

Kyle Veatch. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)
Kyle Veatch. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

NEW HAVEN, Conn. - The Yale men's swimming and diving team will look to bounce back from a loss to Cornell in its opening meet of 2011 when Ivy League rivals Dartmouth and Penn venture to New Haven to take on the Bulldogs Saturday. Yale is looking for its first conference victory, having dropped meets to the Big Red and to Columbia so far this season.

In their last outing, the Bulldogs opened things up with a win in the 200-yard relay, followed by a victory in the 1000-yard freestyle by the Elis' distance specialist senior Matt Lee. A slew of tight races saw Yale post several second-place finishes, including a strong performance from freshman Pat Killian in the 200-yard freestyle. Captain Kyle Veatch had a big day, winning both the 50-yard freestyle and the 100-yard butterfly.

The Quakers come to New Haven fresh off a 173-127 victory over Brown in their last outing, their first dual-meet win of the season after a season-opening streak of four losses. Penn had lost meets to Columbia, Cornell and Princeton prior to the victory over the Bears. The Red and Blue are led against the Bulldogs by juniors Jeff Cragg and Brendan McHugh, both of whom posted multiple victories against Brown in the meet that took place at Florida Atlantic University.

Dartmouth is also coming off a win against Brown in its most recent outing, a tight 151-149 win that took place all the way back on Nov. 20.  The Big Green traveled to St. Croix for a training trip in December, and will open 2011 with their visit to Yale. Like the Bulldogs, they have yet to record a conference win, having lost to Cornell and Harvard in their season opener.

The Bulldogs, Quakers and Big Green will get underway Saturday at noon.

Report filed by Chelsea Janes '12, Yale Sports Publicity