Bulldogs Defeat Massachusetts To End Semester

Ronald Tsui. (photo by Tom Lynam '13, Yale Sports Publicity)
Ronald Tsui. (photo by Tom Lynam '13, Yale Sports Publicity)

Medley Relay Team and Sophomore Andrew Heymann Break Pool Records

AMHERST, Mass. – In the last meet of the calendar year, Yale men's swimming and diving defeated Massachusetts Saturday afternoon by a score of 213 to 87. The Elis dominated Saturday afternoon at Joseph R. Rogers, Jr. Pool, claiming first place in every swimming event. Yale swimmers in the 200-yard medley relay and the 100-yard breaststroke broke two pool records. Unbeaten on the season, Yale ended its competition for the fall semester with a victory.

In what would prove a harbinger for the day's success, Yale's 200-yard medley relay team broke a Rogers pool record on the first event of the dual meet. Sophomores Heymann, Alwin Firmansyah and Mike Lazris and Junior Pat Killian broke the record with a time of 1:32.01. 

Incoming Freshman William Yang and Brian Hogan have proven valuable additions to the team in this young season. Yang and Hogan finished in first and second-place in the 1000-yard freestyle.

Sophomore Rob Harder won two individual events Saturday. Harder won the 200-yard freestyle and the 500-yard freestyle.

Three Yale swimmers won two individual events apiece. Along with Harder, Heymann and Lazris each found victory in two individual events. Lazris won the 100-yard backstroke and the 200-yard individual medley. Heymann was the big winner of the day. Having already broken a pool record as a member of the 200-yard medley relay team, the sophomore won the 100-yard breaststroke, breaking the pool record with a time of 56:81. Heymann also won the 100-yard freestyle.

The Elis swept five races Saturday. Lazris, Freshman Kevin Stang and Senior Mike Dominski swept the podium in the 100-yard backstroke. Heymann, Sophomore Ronald Tsui and Junior Danny McDermott swept the 100-yard breaststroke. Freshman Jake Goldstein, Senior captain Jared Lovett and Sophomore Robert Dowd finished first, second and third in the 200-yard butterfly. Harder, Dominski and Yang swept the 500-yard freestyle. Finally, Lazris, Stang and Lovett completed a sweep in the 200-yard individual medley.

In the diving well, junior Tyler Pramer finished second in both the 1-meter and 3-meter events.

After wrapping up the 2012 portion of their season in style, the Elis look to carry on their success into 2013.  Robert J.H. Kiphuth Head Coach Tim Wise was impressed with his team's effort Saturday, saying, "Massachusetts is a tough place to swim and dive and our guys were focused and gave great energy."

Yale continues competition in the new year when they face Cornell in Ithaca, N.Y. on Jan. 7, 2013. 

Report by Charles Tuggle '14, Yale Sports Publicity