Bulldogs Fall in Final Tuneup Before H-Y-P

Jason Choi. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)
Jason Choi. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

ANNAPOLIS, Md. - The Yale men's swimming and diving team gave Navy a run for its money Saturday in Annapolis, suffering a tough 152-131 loss in its final meet before the all-important Harvard-Yale-Princeton meet. The Elis swept the top three spots in four separate races, including the 400-meter freestyle, in which three freshmen, Mike Bogese, West Cuthbert, Pat Killian took the top three spots. 

In keeping with what has already been a strong year in distance events, senior Matt Lee took second in the 800-meter freestyle (8:18.66). Navy dominated the next few events, until senior captain Kyle Veatch snagged a second-place finish in the 100-meter freestyle (52.39). 

The first of Yale's three sweeps came in the 200-meter breaststroke, as junior Chris Luu (2:25.13), sophomore Jared Lovett (2:29.80) and junior Alex Benz (2:23.04) went 1-2-3. Bogese, Cuthbert, and Killian then took the 400-meter free, and junior Matt Boone (58.83), senior Jason Choi (59.36), and freshman Ed Becker (59.63) made it three straight sweeps for the Elis, going 1-2-3 in the 100-meter butterfly.

Lee (2:10.40) then took the 200-yard IM, edging freshman Danny McDermott (2:12.70), who finished second. Yale's 'A' relay squad of sophomore Mike Dominski, Killian, Boone, and Veatch closed the day with a win in the 400-meter freestyle (3:31.57). 

Yale's divers had a big day in the 3-meter event, as senior Eric Olson took first overall in front of freshman Tyler Pramer and sophomore Aaron Seriff-Cullick.

The Bulldogs return home to host the Crimson and Tigers Saturday in New Haven.

Report filed by Chelsea Janes '12, Yale Sports Publicity