Bulldogs Take Fourth at Ivy League Championships

Goksu Bicer. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)
Goksu Bicer. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - The Yale men's swimming and diving team turned in a strong performance on the final day of the Ivy League Championships to earn a fourth-place finish with 878.5 points. Princeton just barely edged host Harvard for the title, winning by a mere 5.5 points (1400 - 1394.5). Columbia took third. Junior Goksu Bicer earned first-team All-Ivy honors for his performance in the 100-yard butterfly, while sophomore Mike Dominski earned second-team All-Ivy honors in the same event. 

Saturday's action began with a top-ten finish from senior Matt Lee in the 1000-yard freestyle (9:24.97). Alex Gornitzky turned in a strong showing in the 200-yard backstroke (1:50.59). Captain Kyle Veatch (45.83) edged freshman Pat Killian (45.98) for 13th in the 100-yard freestyle, and Christopher Luu (2:06.79) and Sam Goldsmith (2:07.04) went 19-20 in the next event, the 200-yard breaststroke. Freshman Danny McDermott was Yale's top finisher in that event, taking 13th (2:04.70), a follow-up to a strong, 12th-place finish in the 400-yard IM. 

Freshman Ed Becker swam brilliantly in the 200-yard butterfly, qualifying for the 'A' heat and taking 8th overall (1:50.32). Bicer took 9th in that event (1:49.43), while classmate Scott Shinton swam the race in 1:52.58, good for first in the 'C' heat. Bicer, Dominski, Killian, and Veatch joined forces to take fourth in the 400-yard freestyle relay, the final event of the weekend, in 3:00.99, becoming the second Yale relay squad to earn an NCAA 'B' Cut at the meet. 

That race was the last of the season for the Bulldogs, who, by virtue of their performance at the championships, finish fourth in the Ivy League.

Report filed by Chelsea Janes '12, Yale Sports Publicity.