Harder Breaks Pool Record on Day One of Ivy League Championships

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

Yale Trails Harvard, Princeton and Columbia 

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The Yale men's swimming and diving team is in fourth place after the first day of the Ivy League Swimming and Diving Championships Thursday. Yale finished with 295 points and trails Harvard, Princeton and Columbia at the Katherine Moran Aquatics Center. The Elis are already in a tight race with Columbia for third place, trailing by only six points heading into Friday's events. 

The first final event of the evening was the 200-yard freestyle relay. Yale's 'A' flight finished in sixth place with a time of 1:20.83. The team consisted of sophomores Alwin Firmansyah and Andrew Heymann, and juniors Paschall Davis and Pat Killian. The relay team finished two one-hundredths of a second behind Brown's fifth-place team. Harvard won the 200-yard freestyle relay final in a time of 1:18.06, breaking the pool record.

Sophomore Rob Harder won the 500-yard freestyle final in a time of 4:19.20. Harder finished more than a second before Columbia's Dominik Kroll, who had registered the top qualifying time earlier in the day. Harder broke the pool record of 4:21.10 and also earned an NCAA 'B' cut. Senior Mike Dominski finished in fourth place and freshman Brian Hogan finished in seventh place, both finished ahead of the NCAA 'B' qualifying standard. 

In the 200-yard individual medley final, Firmansyah and Heymann finished in fifth and sixth place, respectively. Both recorded NCAA 'B' cut times. Dartmouth's Nejc Zupan won the event in an Ivy League Championship record time of 1:43.94. Freshman Victor Zhang finished in 15th place and senior captain Jared Lovett finished in 22nd place. 

Davis placed ninth in the 50-yard freestyle final, finishing in 20.20. Davis' time was one one-hundredth of a second slower than the NCAA 'B' cut qualifying standard. Princeton's Harrison Wagner won the event with a time of 19.61. 

In the 1-meter diving final, junior Tyler Pramer finished in eight-place, earning a score of 295.10. Pramer was Yale's only diver in the finals for the 1-meter. Harvard's Michael Mosca won the event, shattering the meet record with a score of 387.05.

In the last event of Thursday's finals, Yale finished fifth in the 400-yard medley relay. The team consisting of Firmansyah, Heymann, Dominski and sophomore Mike Lazris finished with a time of 3:15.74. Harvard won the race with a time of 3:12.18.

Preliminaries for day two begin at 11 a.m. EST and finals begin at 6 p.m. Friday in Providence.


Report by Charles Tuggle, Yale Sports Publicity.