February 26, 2014

Swimmers and Divers Seek Ivy League Championship

NEW HAVEN, Conn. — After completing a successful 10-meet regular season, the Yale men's swimming and diving team will vie for the conference title from Feb. 27- Mar. 1 at the Ivy League Swimming and Diving Championships in Cambridge, Mass.

Last year at Ivies, the Princeton Tigers won the meet for the fifth year in a row. Yale finished fourth behind Princeton, Harvard and Columbia. This season the Bulldogs are 4-3 against Ivy League opponents. Their losses came against Columbia, when they were edged out by just six points on Nov. 16, and against Harvard and Princeton on Jan. 31-Feb. 1.
 
At the championship-style meet against Harvard and Princeton, the Bulldogs demonstrated their ability to compete with the top teams in their conference. The team's swimmers broke seven Yale records, and sophomore Brian Hogan recorded the fastest 1000 and 1650-yard freestyle times in the Ivy League this season.
 
Senior captain Ed Becker said that the swimmers are excited to see their months of training pay off at Ivies. The coaches have been tapering their yardage at practices to ensure that they perform at their peak at the championship meet.
 
"Each of us is looking to improve on his performance at HYP, and given that we only had three days rest before that meet, I think we're all looking forward to significantly faster swims," Becker said. He added that young swimmers often break out with huge swims at Ivies, and that he is expecting more "out-of-nowhere performances" this weekend.

The divers will also be bringing their A-game to the championship meet. They have brought in crucial points for the team throughout the regular season, led by senior Tyler Pramer's 11 first place finishes.

Tim Wise, the Robert J. H. Kiphuth Director of Men's Swimming and Diving, is also anticipating improvements across the board.
 
"We are hoping all 17 swimmers and all three divers perform better than they ever have in their lives," he said. "These meets are about controlling one's energy and focus and supporting your teammates.  We have gotten stronger and more focused as the year has gone on and we are looking forward to racing this weekend."
 
The meet will begin at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday at Harvard's Blodgett Pool, and will continue through Saturday, March 1. Prelims will begin each day at 11:00 a.m. and finals will start at 6:00 p.m. each evening. A full meet schedule can be viewed at:
http://www.ivyleaguesports.com/championships/mswimdive/2013-14/schedule.pdf .

The Ivy League will be streaming live video of the meet at:  http://www.ivyleaguedigitalnetwork.com . 

Fans can also view live results here:
http://www.meetresults.com/2014/ivies/results.shtml .
 

- Report by Josh Mandell '16 

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