Firmansyah Impressive, but Bulldogs Trail After Day One at H-Y-P

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

Yale freshman Alwin Firmansyah shined in the 200-yard butterfly on day one in Cambridge, but the Bulldogs trail both Harvard and Princeton after Day One. The freshman's winning time in the event, 1:47.04 was nearly two seconds faster than the rest of the field.

The Elis were shut out of the top three in the 200-yard freestyle relay to start the meet, though freshman Josh Ginsborg turned in a strong, seventh-place showing in the 200-yard freestyle individual race to pace Yale.

Bulldogs took up the 8-9-10 spots in the 100-yard backstroke with freshman Mike Lazris (51.08), junior Mike Dominski (51.46) and senior Matt Boone (53.54), respectively, followed by a seventh-place race from freshman Andrew Heymann in the 100-yard breaststroke (57.23). His classmate Ronald Tsui took ninth in that race (58.41).

Heymann took another top-ten finish in the 50-yard freestle, finishing eighth in that race, two spots behind 2011 All-Ivy pick, senior Goksu Bicer (20.98). Sophmore Paschall Davis was tenth (21.31).

Lazris and Firmansyah took eighth and tenth in the 200-yard IM, followed by an impressive third-place showing from freshman Rob Harder in the 1650-yard freestyle (15:43.17). Sophomore Danny Clarke (16:32.75) took ninth in that event. 

Sophomore Tyler Pramer led the way for Bulldog divers with his sixth-place finish in the 1-meter event (the 3-meter competition will be held later this weekend)