January 16, 2011

Bulldogs Down Dartmouth for Big Conference Victory

NEW HAVEN, Conn. - The Yale men's swimming and diving team tallied a huge conference win Saturday when it took down Dartmouth's Big Green 193-107 at Kiphuth Competition Pool. Penn, the other competitor in the three-team meet, just barely bested the Elis 153-147 for its second Ivy League win.

Following a second-place finish in the 200-yard medley relay, the Bulldogs got a huge win from senior Matt Lee in the 1000-yard free (9:24.18), an event he has dominated all season. Freshman Pat Killian, who is in the midst of a strong debut campaign for the Elis, then made it back-to-back wins for the Blue and White, taking the 200-yard freestyle in 1:42.53. Interestingly, Lee was the next-highest finisher for Yale in that event, finishing fourth.

Sophomore Mike Dominski turned in a strong performance in the 100-yard backstroke, taking second in 51.46, and junior Christopher Luu (59.14) and freshman Danny McDermott (1:00.24) followed that up with a 2-3 showing in the 100-yard breaststroke. Luu and McDermott also posted a 2-3 finish in the 200-yard breaststroke.

Captain Kyle Veatch took first in the 50-yard freestyle (21.32) followed closely by third-place finisher Killian (21.57). Veatch and Killian were also Yale's best in the 100-yard freestyle, finishing second and third, respectively, in that race.

Matt Lee followed up his first-place finish in the 1000-yard freestyle with a third-place showing in the 500-yard freestyle (4:36.89), and classmate Veatch continued his big day with a win in the 100-yard butterfly in the next race (49.91). The captain edged Dominski (50.87), who finished second.

Freshman Mike Bogese took second in the 200-yard IM to round out the day's individual events, and then watched classmate West Cuthbert and Calvin Jones join senior Alex Gornitzky and Dominski take second in the 400-yard freestyle relay (3:08.75)

Yale's divers also had a big day at Payne Whitney, as freshman Tyler Pramer took second overall in the 3-meter competition (289.15) and the 1-meter contest (288.10).

The Bulldogs next take on Navy in Annapolis next weekend before returning home for the ever-crucial (H)arvard-(Y)ale-(P)rinceton meet on Jan. 29.

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