PRINCETON, N.J. - Freshmen Rob Harder and Alwin Firmansyah both broke school records over a decade old to lead Yale on the first day of the Ivy League Championships in Princeton, N.J. The Bulldogs (289 points) trail just Harvard (471) and Princeton (444), and so head to the second of three days of competition with a solid hold on third place.
Harder's record-breaking performance came in the 500-yard freestyle, where he finished second in 4:20.66, good for an NCAA 'B' Cut. That shattered the previous Yale record, set in 2001 by Greg Palumbo '03, by nearly four full seconds. The 500-free proved a strong race for the Elis all around, as Harder's classmate Josh Ginsborg turned in a stellar fifth-place performance (4:26.67), and junior Mike Dominski also earned a 'B' cut with his win of the second heat in 4:24.76, which also bested Palumbo's 2001 mark.
Firmansyah did his share of record book rewriting in the 200-yard IM with a third-place time of 1:47.17. That time, also good enough for a 'B' cut, eeked out the previous Bulldog mark of 1:47.31, set in 2000 by Stephen Fahy '00. Just behind him was another Eli freshman, Andrew Heymann, who took fifth with a 'B' cut time of 1:48.43.
Senior Goksu Bicer was the top Bulldog in the 50-yard freestyle, posting a ninth-place finish and earning Yale's fifth 'B' cut of the day in 20.21. Bicer swam the third leg of the 400-yard medley relay, joined by Firmansyah, Heymann and freshman Mike Lazris. The combination completed the race in 3:16.58 - the sixth 'B' cut time in the first five swimming events for Yale - to round out the day with a fourth-place showing.
On the diving side, sophomore Tyler Pramer was Yale's top performer. He took seventh in the 1-meter event, earning a score of 292.95.
The Bulldogs are back in action tomorrow for the second day of competition at the Ivy Championships, which round out Saturday in Princeton.
Report filed by Chelsea Janes '12, Yale Sports Publicity