Harder, Dominski Shine on Senior Night
NEW HAVEN, Conn. – In their last regular-season meet of the year, the Yale men's swimming and diving team defeated Brown 213-86. The Bulldogs were dominant on Saturday at Robert J.H. Kiphuth Exhibition Pool. The victory helped Yale honor its seniors on Saturday for their four years of commitment to the team. Saturday marked the last time captain Jared Lovett, Mike Dominski and Aaron Seriff-Cullick would get to compete at Robert J.H. Kiphuth Exhibition Pool.
Yale divers opened up Saturday's competition with strong performances in the 1-meter event. Junior Tyler Pramer placed first with a score of 325.04. Freshman James McNelis and Seriff-Cullick finished in second and third-place, respectively. Pramer won the 3-meter event as well, with Seriff-Cullick placing third.
The swimming opened with the 200-yard medley relay. Yale's 'A' flight placed first with a time of 1:31.23. The winning team consisted of sophomores Mike Lazris, Andrew Heymann, Alwin Firmansyah and junior Pat Killian. The Elis' 'B' team finished in second place, less than a second behind the winners. The second-place team featured Dominski, freshman Jake Goldstein, and juniors Ed Becker and Paschall Davis.
The Bulldogs claimed first and second place finishes in the 200-yard freestyle. Freshman Victor Zhang and sophomore Robert Dowd finished within a second of each other, with Dowd just out touching Brown's Cory Mayfield.
Dominski won the 100-yard backstroke with a time of 50.50. The senior barely defeated his teammate Lazris, who finished in 50.72. Freshman Kevin Stang finished in third place behind Dominski and Lazris.
Heymann won the 100-yard breaststroke, followed by junior Danny McDermott.
Firmansyah and Lovett finished in second and third-place in the 200-yard butterfly. Brown's Thomas Glenn won the race.
In as close of a finish as you will see, freshman Brian Clark won the 50-yard freestyle sprint with a time of 21.30. Davis finished a hundredth of a second behind Clark.
Stang wrapped up his first regular season as a Yale swimmer with a first-place finish in the 200-yard backstroke. Lazris and sophomore Andy Wingerson finished in second and third, respectively.
Harder won his second individual event of the night in the 500-yard freestyle with a time of 4:34.40. Harder was followed by freshman William Yang and Becker.
Dominski completed his individual events on senior night with a second-place finish in the 100-yard butterfly. Brown's Thomas Glenn won the race.
Firmansyah and captain Lovett placed first and second in the 200-yard individual medley, each finishing more than four seconds ahead of the rest of the field.
Yale wrapped up their success on senior night, with a win in the 200-yard freestyle relay. The winning team featured Heymann, Davis, Dowd and Killian.
Robert J.H. Kiphuth Head Coach of Swimming and Diving Tim Wise was proud of his team's performance on Saturday and the season.
After the meet Coach Wise said, "I was pleased with the way we competed today. The guys were focused and ready to race. This is our best season in terms of wins, losses since 2003 – 2004. The guys are looking forward to a little rest as we begin to prepare for the Ivy Championships in a couple of weeks."
The Bulldogs will spend the next few weeks resting and preparing for the Ivy League Championships. The Ivy League Championships begin on Thursday, March 7 at Katherine Moran Coleman Aquatics Center in Providence, R.I. Prelims will begin at 11 a.m. on Thursday.
Report by Charles Tuggle, Yale Sports Publicity