NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The Yale men's swimming and diving team took victory over neighboring Southern Connecticut State University (125.5-67.5) on Dec. 8, extending the team's regular season win-streak to six. The dual meet against SCSU Owls, one of the region's top NCAA Division II teams, gave Yale's swimmers the opportunity to try new events and many posted impressive performances.
The freshmen had a standout meet with multiple first place finishes. Tackling the 1000-yard freestyle for the first time this season, freshman Tristan Furnary touched first at 9:52.91 and was followed closely behind by sophomore Adrian Lin in second. Similarly, freshman Christopher Miller raced his first 200-yard freestyle of the season and finished first just ahead of freshman Henry Gaissert. Rounding out the group, freshman Duncan Lee out-touched junior Derek Kao for first in the 100-yard freestyle.
While the freshmen took on the freestyle events, Yale's long-distance freestylers turned their eyes elsewhere. Junior Kei Hyogo led the pack in the 50-yard freestyle, touching first at 21.26 just ahead of Lin. Meanwhile, senior Ben Lerude took his talents to the 200-yard butterfly, finishing first at 1:52.67. Senior Ian Wooley followed up with a second place finish in the event as well.
Typically swimming breaststroke and individual medley events, junior Jonathan Rutter decided to challenge himself with the 200-yard backstroke. In an impressive fashion, Rutter took first at 1:53.84, almost ten seconds ahead of the runner-up, who happened to be Yale's Furnary.
Following the winter break, the Bulldogs will kick-off the new year with a home tri-meet on Jan. 7. against University of Pennsylvania and Dartmouth in the Robert J. H. Kiphuth Exhibition Pool at the Payne Whitney Gymnasium.
Report by Neil Zheng '19, Yale Sports Publicity