Bulldogs to Face Off Against 8-1 Navy

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Mike Dominski. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

NEW HAVEN, Conn. - Following its first conference victory over Dartmouth last weekend, the Yale men's swimming and diving team heads to Annapolis, Md. for a showdown with the Midshipmen of the U.S. Naval Academy Saturday afternoon. 

Last weekend saw Dartmouth's Big Green and the Penn Quakers come to New Haven for a conference meet in which the Bulldogs took a solid 193-107 win against the boys from Hanover, while dropping a tough 153-147 decision to the Quakers. Seniors Matt Lee and captain Kyle Veatch led the way for the Elis, as Veatch earned two huge wins (50-yard freestyle, 100-yard butterfly) and a second-place finish (100-yard freestyle) on the day, while Lee took his signature race in the 1000-yard freestyle, an event he has won in three straight meets. Freshman Pat Killian was also big for Yale, taking the 200-yard freestyle before being edged by his captain and finishing third in the 100-yard event. 

Navy comes into Saturday's meet 8-1 with a second-place finish at the nine-team Nike Cup in Chapel Hill, N.C., also under its belt. Amongst the Midshipmen's victims are George Mason (201-87), American (199-86), Bucknell (186-101), Lafayette (198-91), Army (246-54) and most recently, Maryland (162-124) in its last outing.

The Midshipmen are led by freshman Luke Hoffer, who has performed very well in breaststroke events so far this season. Bolstering a strong breaststroke attack for Navy is Mark Meyer's dominance in the butterfly, an event he swept (100-yard and 200-yard) against the Terrapins. Aaron Aiken has been a stalwart in the 50-yard and 100-yard freestyle for the Midshipmen, and will face off against the Bulldog duo of Veatch and Killian in that event.

The action gets underway at noon in Annapolis Saturday, the Elis' last meet before facing off against Harvard and Princeton at the Kiphuth Exhibition Pool the following weekend.

Report filed by Chelsea Janes '12, Yale Sports Publicity