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Age-Old Rivals Back At It This Weekend in New Haven

Christopher Luu. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)
Christopher Luu. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

NEW HAVEN, Conn. - The Yale men's swimming and diving team takes to the pool for one of its biggest meets of the season Friday evening when Harvard and Princeton come to town for the annual H-Y-P meet, hosted this season by the Bulldogs. As always, the meet is made all the more crucial for the Elis as Harvard (7-0) and Princeton (3-0 in dual meets) are the cream of the Ivy League crop.

The Bulldogs (1-5) are coming off a 152-131 loss to Navy in their last outing, and a split with Penn (L, 153-147) and Dartmouth (W, 193-107). In addition to the strong swimming of seniors Matt Lee, who has been strong in distance events for the Elis all season, and captain Kyle Veatch, who has made his mark on sprint events, Yale's freshmen have also been major contributors. 

Freshman Pat Killian took first overall int he 200-yard freestyle against Penn and Dartmouth, and has proven to be a versatile option for first-year coach Tim Wise. His classmate Danny McDermott has joined junior Christopher Luu in bolstering the Bulldogs' breaststroking corps - the two combined to go 2-3 in the 200-yard event against the Quakers and Big Green. Mike Bogese has also been a big contributor for the Elis, swimming well in a variety of events in his debut campaign, tellingly taking second overall in the 200-yard IM in the Bulldogs' last home outing.

Last season, Harvard and Princeton took down the Elis, who will look to avenge that loss and get their second win in conference competition. Their final Ivy League meet before the championship meet in early March will be Brown, who comes to New Haven Feb. 12. 

The heated action gets underway Friday at 6 pm at the Kiphuth Exhibition Pool at Yale's Payne Whitney Gym, and continues Saturday at 12 pm.

Report filed by Chelsea Janes '12, Yale Sports Publicity