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Bulldogs Lose Tough Fight to Penn State

Bulldogs Lose Tough Fight to Penn State

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. – The Yale men's swimming and diving team took its first dual meet loss against Penn State 185-168 this weekend. The Bulldogs held Penn State to a stalemate on day one of the competition, but were unable to gain a lead on the second day. 

Yale struggled in the relay events throughout the weekend. However, the team managed to take runner-up in both the 200-yard medley relay and 400-yard freestyle relay on the second day, just barely missing out on first. 

Junior Kei Hyogo continued to post impressive performances on the second day with wins in the 500-yard freestyle and 400-yard individual medley. Hyogo's time of 3:55.32 in the 400-yard individual medley was over six seconds ahead of the next competitor. 

Yale had big races in the 200-yard backstroke, sweeping the event one-two-three. Leading the pack, junior Shawn Nee touched first with a time of 1:50.49. Following closely behind were senior Alex Schultz and sophomore Edward Stolarski in second and third respectively. 

The Bulldogs had difficulties in the 100-yard butterfly, but sophomore Scott Bole managed to pull ahead in a tight race for second. Bole, who touched at 50.06, was just five hundredths of a second ahead of his Penn State opponent. 

Yale also took second and third in the 100-yard freestyle and 200-yard breaststroke. In the freestyle, junior Aaron Greenberg took runner-up while sophomore Adrian Lin followed up in third. And in the breaststroke, junior Jonathan Rutter claimed second ahead of junior Derek Kao at third.  Rutter also had a big day, finishing third in both the 500-yard freestyle and 400-yard individual medley.

"It always hurts coming up on the losing end of a close meet, but I think we have a lot to be proud of," noted team captain Alex Goss. "Looking forward, we're still alive for a league title and will have a huge meet against Cornell next week."

Although the Bulldogs took their first dual meet loss this season, they remain undefeated in the Ivy League. The team will look to rebound as they take on Cornell in Ithaca, N.Y., next weekend on Jan. 22. 

 

Report by Neil Zheng '19, Yale Sports Publicity