Bulldogs Climb the Leaderboard on Day Two at Ivy League Championships

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

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - After a day-one performance that left the Bulldogs in sixth, Yale pulled themselves to with fifty points of third-place Columbia after Friday's action. Princeton (950) and Harvard (916.5) separated themselves from the pack two-thirds of the way through the meet, followed by Columbia (688.5) and Yale (639.5), ahead of fifth-place Penn (547). The Elis dominated the 100-yard butterfly, thanks to a win from junior Goksu Bicer (48.18), a second-place finish from sophomore Mike Dominski (48.33), and a fourth-place showing from captain Kyle Veatch (48.44). Both Bicer and Dominski earned NCAA 'B' Cuts for their performances in that event.

Bicer, Dominski, and Veatch joined senior Sam Goldsmith in day-two's opening event, the 200-yard medley relay, and turned in a time of 1:30.85, good for sixth. Those upperclassmen were backed up by freshman phenom Mikey Bogese in the 1650-yard freestyle, as Bogese duplicated their sixth-place performance (15: 41.97) in his first Ivy League Championship meet. Senior Matt Lee (15:48.52) took eleventh, while freshman West Cuthbert (15:51.17) finished 13th in the same event.

Senior Scott Shinton edged freshman Danny McDermott for 11th in the 400-yard individual medley with a time of 4:01.10, just six-tenths of a second ahead of McDermott. Freshman Pat Killian also finished 11th, earning 16 points for his performance in the 200-yard freestyle (1:40.10). Classmate Ed Becker took 13th (1:40.83), good for 14 Eli points.

Junior Chris Luu was Yale's top finisher in the 100-yard breaststroke, finishing 18th in 58.38. Dominski then continued his busy day with a strong fifth-place showing in the 100-yard backstroke (49.91). Senior Alex Gornitzky took 12th (50.77). 

While a relay team of upperclassmen started the day off for the Bulldogs, a team of underclassmen finished it in the 800-yard freestyle relay. Cuthbert, Killian, Becker and Dominski combined for a huge fourth-place finish, earning an NCAA 'B' cut for their time of 6:40.69. 

The performance of the day, however, may have come from Yale's divers, as freshman Tyler Pramer burst onto the Ivy-League-Championship scene with a third-place finish in the 3-meter event (308.30), earning 27 points for Yale. Senior Eric Olson also impressed with a big fifth-place finish (300.20).

The Bulldogs will try to move into third as action at the Championships concludes Saturday in Cambridge.

Report filed by Chelsea Janes '12, Yale Sports Publicity