March 7, 2013

Elis Ready for Ivy League Championships

Bulldogs Look to Wrap Up Strong Season

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The Yale men's swimming and diving team will head to Providence, R.I., this weekend for the Ivy League Championships. The three-day meet begins Thursday, March 7 and ends Saturday, March 9. The meet will take place at the Katherine Moran Aquatics Center in Providence. The Elis will be looking to improve upon last year's team performance and for individual 'A' or 'B' times, which qualify the competitors for the NCAA Championships which take place March 28-30 in Indianapolis, Ind.

The Elis are coming off a home victory over Brown on Feb. 16. Yale defeated Brown 213-86 at Robert J.H. Kiphuth Exhibition Pool. On that night seniors Mike Dominski, Jared Lovett and Aaron Seriff-Cullick were honored for their commitment to the Yale men's swimming and diving program. 

The home victory against Brown gave the Bulldogs an 8-2 record for the 2012-13 season, their best record since the 2003-04 season. The Bulldogs' only losses on the season came to Harvard and Princeton, who figure to be the team's primary competition for this weekend's Championship meet. However, Columbia, Cornell, Dartmouth and Penn all offered admirable competition against Yale this season. Yale defeated Columbia 170-130 on Nov. 10. The Bulldogs defeated Cornell 176-124 on Jan. 7 and Penn by the same score on Jan. 12. Yale narrowly defeated Dartmouth 154.5-145.5 on Jan. 12. 

While the team hopes to perform well, several swimmers are looking to swim 'A' or 'B' cut times this weekend to qualify for the NCAA Championships. Divers hope to meet the NCCA zone qualifying standards for a chance to compete at the NCAA Zone Championships.

Sophomore Andrew Heymann recorded the seventh fastest time in the Ivy League this year in the 100-yard breaststroke. Heymann swam a 55.87 against Brown on Feb. 16. The NCAA 'B' standard time is 55.39. Heymann also swam the sixth fastest time in the 200-yard breaststroke this season. He finished with a time of 2:01.34. The NCAA 'B' cut is 1:59.79.

Heymann holds the seventh fastest time in the Ivy League in the 200-yard individual medley, a 1:49.46. The time is just behind the NCAA 'B' standard of 1:49.09. Sophomore Alwin Firmansyah swam a 1:49.69 in the same race on Nov. 16. 

Firmansyah swam a 49.10 in the 100-yard butterfly on Nov. 2 against SCSU. The time is the 11th fastest swam in the Ivy League this season. The NCAA 'B' standard cut is 48.29. Firmansyah also swam the fourth fastest time in the 200-yard butterfly this season, 1:47.48, which is just ahead of the NCAA 'B' cut of 1:47.99, making him eligible to qualify for the NCAA Championships. 

Junior Paschall Davis swam a 20.88 in the 50-yard freestyle on Feb. 2. The NCAA 'B' time is 20.19. 

Sophomore Rob Harder swam the 13th fastest time in the Ivy League this season in the 200-yard freestyle on Nov. 16. Harder swam a 1:39.63. Freshman Victor Zhang swam the 16th fastest time in the same event with a 1:40.03. The NCAA 'B' cut in the 200-yard freestyle is 1:37.99.

Freshman Kevin Stang swam a 1:49.41 in the 200-yard backstroke on Feb. 2, which was the 11th fastest time in the Ivy League this season. 

Competition begins Thursday, March 7 and ends Saturday, March 9.  Prelims will begin at 11:00 a.m. and finals at 6:00 p.m. each day.

Report by Charles Tuggle, Yale Sports Publicity.