NEW HAVEN, Conn. - The Yale men's swimming and diving team will head to the Ivy League Championships in early March with some much-deserved momentum following a 171-118 win over Brown in its regular-season finale Saturday. The Elis, who swam well at both the H-Y-P meet and against UConn leading up to the win, were finally rewarded in the win column for the improvement they have shown throughout the 2010-11 campaign.
Yale's divers, who have also come on strong in the latter part of the season, got the day off to a good start, as senior Eric Olson (319.57) took the 1-meter diving competition, edging freshman Tyler Pramer (313.20), who took second. The two swapped positions later in the 3-meter event, as Pramer earned his second collegiate event win. Yale's swimmers took that momentum and swam with it, as the 'A' squad of sophomore Mike Dominski, senior Sam Goldsmith, junior Goksu Bicer and senior captain Kyle Veatch won the 200-yard medley relay in 1:31.66.
Next on the dockett was the 1000-yard freestyle, an event senior Matt Lee and freshman Mikey Bogese have dominated all season. The trend certainly continued Saturday, as Lee (9:25.85) took the top spot, just ahead of Bogese (9:27.55). Dominski then made it three straight wins for the swimmers, snagging the victory in the 100-yard backstroke in 50.14. Senior Alex Gornitzky took third in that event, swimming it in 51.63.
Juniors Alex Benz (58.24) and Christopher Luu (58.72) went 2-3 in the 100-yard breaststroke, an event Bicer followed up with another Eli win in the 200-yard butterfly (1:50.07). Veatch was the victor in the 50-free (20.90), while freshman Jas Jernail who has come on strong in the past few meets for the Bulldogs took third (21.17). Veatch's domination of the sprint events continued in the 100-free, as he took first in 46.38. Freshman Pat Killian, who has also enjoyed a strong debut campaign, took third (46.65).
Bogese was the winner in the 200-yard backstroke (1:53.41), just beating out sophomore Jared Lovett (1:54.35), who took second. Yale then swept the top three spots in the 500-yard freestyle, as Dominski (4:35.34), Lee (4:37.63), and another freshman, West Cuthbert (4:38.77) went 1-2-3.
With the win, the Elis head into a three-week break before those who qualify will travel to Cambridge to take on the rest of the Ancient Eight in the Ivy League Championships.
Report filed by Chelsea Janes '12, Yale Sports Publicity.