November 19, 2011

Bulldogs Continue to Impress at Terrier Invitational

BOSTON, Mass. - The Yale men's swim team continued its strong start to the season with another solid day at the Terrier Invitational at Boston University. The Bulldogs led the pack after day one of competition, and ended a similarly successful day two with an exclamation point - a four-second win in the 800-yard freestyle relay.

That relay squad was made up of three freshmen - Robby Harder, Josh Ginsborg and Alwin Firmansyah - and sophomore West Cuthbert. With the win, Harder pushed his win count this weekend to three in two days, having been a part of Yale's winning 400-yard medley relay corps on Friday and won the 500-yard freestyle earlier that day. He (3) and fellow 800-yard relay teammate Ginsborg (2) gave Yale two swimmers in the top three of the 200-yard freestyle, an event in which Cuthbert took tenth overall.

The 800-yard relay also marked the third win of the invitational for Firmansyah, who added a win in the 100-yard butterfly (50.08) to his win in the 200-yard IM Friday. The Bulldogs had three swimmers in the top ten in the 100-yard fly, as Paschall Davis (50.79) took fifth, while sophomore Ed Becker (51.72) grabbed tenth. 

Freshman Ronald Tsui was the Elis' top finisher int he 100-yard breaststroke, taking fourth in 58.04. Yale got several solid swims in that event, including a tenth-place finish from another freshman, Andrew Heymann (57.97) and a 13th-place race from sophomore Danny McDermott (58.99).

A different freshman, still, led the way in the 100-yard backstroke, as Mike Lazris (51.73) took sixth. Junior Mike Dominski (52.77) finished tenth, and Davis (53.55) was 12th.

That event set up the win in the 800-yard relay, which marked the final event before Sunday's final day of competition. The Bulldogs are firmly in the hunt, and will look to chase down a win that would make quite a statement to the rest of the Ivy League about just how good this young Yale team may prove to be.

Report filed by Chelsea Janes '12, Yale Sports Publicity