March 9, 2013

Yale Finishes Fourth in Ivy League Championships

Seven Swimmers Qualify for NCAA Championships

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The Yale men's swimming and diving team finished fourth in the Ivy League Swimming and Diving Championships on Saturday, wrapping up three days of competition at the Katherine Moran Aquatics Center. Princeton held on for the victory with 1514 points. Harvard finished in second place with 1446 and Columbia finished with 1135. Yale finished with 1038.5 followed by Dartmouth, Penn, Brown and Cornell. 

The first final on Saturday was the 1650-yard freestyle. Sophomore Rob Harder finished in second place behind Penn's Chris Swanson. Harder won the 500-yard freestyle on Thursday and the 1000-yard freestyle on Friday. Freshman Brian Hogan finished in fourth place. Freshman William Yang finished in 18th place. Both Harder and Hogan finished with NCAA 'B' qualifying standard times. 

The Elis trailed third-place Columbia by 33.5 points after the 1650-yard freestyle final. 

Freshman Kevin Stang placed fourth in the 200-yard backstroke with a time of 1:45.30. Sophomore Mike Lazris finished in sixth place with a time of 1:45.92.  Harvard's Connor Maher won the event. Stang and Lazris recorded NCAA 'B' cut times. 

The 100-yard freestyle was next. Junior Paschall Davis placed eighth with a time of 44.60. Freshman Victor Zhang and junior Pat Killian placed 21st and 23rd. Harvard's Chris Satterthwaite won the event with a time of 43.28.

Dartmouth's Nejc Zupan won his third final of the weekend in the 200-yard breaststroke. Zupan's time of 1:53.95 broke the Ivy League Championship record. Sophomore Andrew Heymann placed ninth. Heymann's time of 1:59.52 meets the NCAA 'B' qualifying standard. Freshman Kendrick McDonald finished in 14th place followed by junior Danny McDermott in 15th and sophomore Ronald Tsui in 17th. With four swimmers scoring, the Bulldogs cut Columbia's lead on third place to 57.5. It would not be enough.

Sophomore Alwin Firmansyah finished in sixth place in the 200-yard butterfly with a time of 1:46.47, an NCAA 'B' cut. Junior Ed Becker finished in 17th place. Freshman Jake Goldstein and senior captain Jared Lovett scored as well.  Brown's Tommy Glenn won the 200-yard butterfly final. 

The other diving event, the 3-meter final, wrapped up Saturday, with Harvard's Michael Mosca winning his second event of the weekend. Junior Tyler Pramer finished in seventh place with 311.70 points. Freshman James McNelis finished in 14th with 294.30 and senior Aaron Seriff-Cullick finished in 21st with 241.30. 

The last event of the Ivy League Swimming and Diving Championships was the 400-yard freestyle relay. Yale's Zhang, Davis, Heymann and Firmansyah finished with a time of 2:58.69. Harvard won the championship-closing meet with a victory and meet record time of 2:52.32. 

During the course of the weekend seven Yale swimmers (senior Mike Dominski, Firmansyah, Harder, Heymann, Hogan, Lazris and Stang) recorded NCAA 'B' qualifying standard times, meaning they are eligible for the NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships on March 28-30 in Indianapolis, IN. 

Report by Charles Tuggle, Yale Sports Publicity. 

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