Bulldogs Remain Unbeaten

Rob Harder. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)
Rob Harder. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

Yale Defeats Fordham and Rider

Piscataway, N.J. – The Yale men's swimming and diving team defeated Fordham and Rider on Saturday at Rutgers University Aquatic Center. The victories bring Yale's record to a perfect 7-0 on the season. The Elis defeated Fordham 201-97 and Rider 203-93. 

Yale's 200-yard medley relay teams kicked off Saturday's competition with first and third-place finishes. The winning team consisted of sophomores Mike Lazris, Andrew Heymann and Alwin Firmansyah and junior Pat Killian. The third place team featured senior Mike Dominski, juniors Ed Becker and Paschall Davis, and sophomore Ronald Tsui

In the first individual swimming event of the afternoon, the 1000-yard freestyle, freshman William Yang placed second in what is the longest race. 

In what has become the dominant trend of the season, the Elis were led to victory by strong performances from the sophomore class. Sophomore Rob Harder won the 100-yard backstroke.

Heymann would add another victory in the 100-yard breaststroke. Tsui placed third, while freshman Kendrick McDonald placed fifth. 

Yale took over the meet in the 200-yard butterfly, claiming the top three finishes. Firmansyah would finish first, while Dominski and Becker placed second and third, respectively. 

Davis would add another first-place finish in the 50-yard freestyle. 

Yale's divers helped the team maintain their lead. Junior Tyler Pramer placed first and second in the 3-meter and 1-meter events. Freshman James McNelis placed third in both the 3-meter and 1-meter events. Senior Aaron Seriff-Cullick placed sixth in the 3-meter and fourth in the 1-meter. 

The Elis would again sweep the podium in the 100-yard freestyle. Heymann and Lazris finished first and second, while freshman Victor Zhang finished third.

With a win in the 200-yard backstroke, Harder swept both of the backstroke events. Senior team captain Jared Lovett placed third. 

Firmansyah earned his second individual victory of the afternoon in the 200-yard breaststroke. Tsui placed second. 

Freshman Kevin Stang, who has proven to be one of the team's strongest new performers, wrapped up Saturday's individual events with a win in the 400-yard individual medley. Junior Danny McDermott placed second behind Stang.

Saturday marked the first time since 1942 that the Yale men's swimming and diving team competed against Rider.

Commenting on the matchup, Robert J.H. Kiphuth head coach Tim Wise said, "We were happy to resume the rivalry and come out on top." 

The Bulldogs must now turn their focus towards Ivy League stalwarts Harvard and Princeton. The Elis will be competing on Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 2nd and 3rd in Princeton, N.J. Both days' events are scheduled to begin at noon.

Report by Charles Tuggle '14, Yale Sports Publicity