NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The Yale men's swimming and diving team finished day one of its final home dual meet against Harvard in second, 105 - 62. While the team came just short in some events, the Bulldogs posted impressive performances, with several key wins and many personal bests.
Kicking off the meet, Yale took runner-up in the 200-yard free relay with a time of 1:20.45. The team got off to a sluggish start, touching third after the first leg. The Bulldogs clawed their way to the first position with junior Aaron Greenberg's blistering 19.08 split, the fastest of the meet, before settling at second.
Yale claimed second, third and fourth place in the 200-yard freestyle. Leading the pack, junior Kei Hyogo finished runner-up with a time of 1:35.77 behind Harvard's Dean Farris, who swam the eighth fastest time in the nation tonight. Following close behind, junior Jonathan Rutter touched third at 1:36.52 while sophomore Adrian Lin rounded out the event at fourth with 1:36.58. Hyogo, Lin and Rutter all achieved personal records tonight – Lin shaved over four seconds off his personal best.
The Bulldogs struggled to find footing in the stroke events, but the team put up a tough fight. Junior Derek Kao and Shawn Nee took third in the 100-yard backstroke and 100-yard breaststroke respectively. Team captain Alex Goss also followed up in fourth place in the 100-yard breaststroke.
In the 200-yard butterfly, sophomore Joey Carbone had the opportunity to swim next to his brother, Christian Carbone from Harvard. Carbone and his brother stuck with each other the whole race, splitting the same time at the 150-yard mark. Carbone was just out-touched and finished fourth in the event.
Junior Aaron Greenberg claimed Yale's first individual event win of the evening with a superb performance in the 50-yard freestyle. Touching at 19.94, Greenberg finished well ahead of his competition.
Building on the momentum, Hyogo and Rutter finished first and third in the 200-yard individual medley respectively. Hyogo held the lead for the majority of the race, briefly falling behind in the breaststroke leg before rallying to win the race. His time of 1:46.68 was a personal best. Rutter also had a great race, sticking with his Harvard opponent for most of the race and finishing at 1:47.96.
Hyogo went on to win a tough race in the 1650-yard freestyle against Harvard's Logan Houck. The pair swam neck-to-neck for the majority of race, both averaging 27 second splits. The event came down to the last 50 yards with Houck leading with a fraction of a second. Hyogo rallied with a huge finish, claiming first at 15:04.52, just ahead of Houck at 15:04.91. The two swims are currently the 27th and 29th fastest times in the nation in the event.
Freshman Chris LaBella put up a great performance in the three-meter diving event, claiming third with 299.93 and scoring critical points for the team. Capping off the meet, Yale took third in the 400-yard medley relay with a time of 3:19.20.
The competition will continue tomorrow at the Robert J. H. Kiphuth Exhibition Pool in Payne Whitney Gymnasium, resuming with senior recognition at 11:50 a.m. and the first event at 12:00 p.m.
Report by Neil Zheng '19, Yale Sports Publicity