Bulldogs Defeat Cornell in First Meet of 2013

Mike Lazris. (photo by Tom Lynam '13, Yale Sports Publicity)
Mike Lazris. (photo by Tom Lynam '13, Yale Sports Publicity)

Elis Overcome Early Deficit 

ITHACA, N.Y. – The Yale men's swimming and diving team overcame an early deficit Monday, defeating Cornell by a score of 176-124. Both the men and women's teams competed in the dual meet at Cornell's Teagle Pool for the midweek event.

Cornell jumped out to an early 24-14 lead after the diving events. Junior Tyler Pramer finished second and third in the 1-meter and 3-meter events, respectively. Freshman James McNelis finished third in the 1-meter and fourth in the 3-meter. 

Although Yale won the first two swimming events, the 200-yard medley relay and the 1000-yard freestyle, Cornell maintained its early lead, which was now 38-36. Senior Mike Dominski, freshman Jake Goldstein, junior Ed Becker and sophomore Andrew Heymann finished first in the 200-yard medley relay with a time of 1:33.85. Freshman Brian Hogan won the 1000-yard freestyle. 

Sophomores Rob Harder and Alwin Firmansyah finished first and third in the 200-yard freestyle, helping the Elis take a 48-45 lead that they would not relinquish. 

The Eli's slim margin of the lead would remain until the 50-yard freestyle. Heymann finished in first with a time of 21.08. Junior Pat Killian would place third with a time of 21.77.

The Bulldogs built themselves a 135-110 lead with the help of first-place finishes in three out of the next four events. Firmansyah won the 100-yard freestyle, sophomore Mike Lazris won the 200-yard backstroke and Harder won the 500-yard freestyle. From this point on the Elis' lead would only increase.

Junior Paschall Davis won the 100-yard butterfly. Firmansyah and Dominski finished in a close second and third, respectively.

Heymann, Killian, senior captain Jared Lovett and Dominski capped off Monday's meet with a victory in the 400-yard freestyle relay.  It was an emphatic finish to what is shaping up to be a great new year for the Yale men's swimming and diving team. 

Robert J.H. Kiphuth head coach Tim Wise said, "It was a good effort by the guys today. They were focused and accomplished a number of objectives.  It was a good start to the New Year." 

The Bulldogs are back in the pool this Saturday, Jan. 12. The Elis will face off against Dartmouth and Penn in Philadelphia. The meet is scheduled to begin at 12:00 p.m. EST.

Report by Charles Tuggle '14, Yale Sports Publicity