Bulldogs Down Minutemen, Head to Break Undefeated

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Danny McDermott. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

NEW HAVEN, Conn. - The Yale men's swimming and diving team rounded out a strong 2011 portion of the 2011-2012 season with a win against the University of Massachusetts Saturday. With the win, their second in dual meet competition, the Bulldogs head to the break with a perfect 3-0 record.

Yale's divers set the tone with a strong showing in both events. Junior Colton Staab took first in the 3-meter event with a score of 307.73, while sophomore Tyler Pramer was second with 288.45. Staab also grabbed second in the 1-meter.

Freshman Robby Harder continued his phenomenal freshman season with two victories, one in the 1000-yard freestyle (9:37.88) and the other in the 200-yard backstroke (1:49.02). He also posted a second-place finish in the 200-yard freestyle, an event won by classmate Josh Ginsborg (1:40.17). Sophomore West Cuthbert gave the Bulldogs a clean sweep of the top three, taking third in 1:44.18, just ahead of sophomore Josh Rozner (1:45.09). Ginsborg also grabbed a win in the 500-yard freestyle, just ahead of Cuthbert, who finished second.

Another freshman, Dillon Thompson, also had a strong day, taking second in the 1000-yard freestyle behind Harder in 9:39.74, and classmate Mike Lazris grabbed a win in the 100-yard backstroke (51.43). Andrew Heymann continued the freshmen domination with a win in the 100-yard breaststroke (57.10), leading another Bulldog trifecta. Freshman Ronald Tsui was second (59.43), while sophomore Danny McDermott took third (59.52).

The Elis kept their hold on the top three in the 200-yard butterfly, and the freshmen kept up their strong swimming, as Alwin Firmansyah grabbed first (1:51.05). Sophomore Ed Becker took second, and junior Jared Lovett third.

Sophomore Pat Killian then won the 100-yard freestyle (47.05), just before Harder's win in the 200-yard backstroke. That was followed by the 200-yard breaststroke, and Yale swept the top three for the fourth time, thanks to a win by sophomore Danny McDermott (2:08.79), just ahead of Tsui (2:10.28) and captain Christopher Luu (2:11.98).

The Bulldogs are now off until January, when they'll face off against Cornell to kick off the heart of Ivy League competition.