Yale Falls to Harvard, Finishes Runner-Up in Ivy Dual Meet Season

Yale Falls to Harvard, Finishes Runner-Up in Ivy Dual Meet Season

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The Yale men's swimming and diving team fell to Harvard, 225 – 128, after day two of competition. With the conclusion of the meet, Yale finishes with a 9-2 record dual meet record and runner-up in the Ivy men's swimming and diving dual meet season.

Competition resumed with the 200-yard medley relay. The Bulldogs started off the event in the third position, but a strong breaststroke split from team captain Alex Goss brought the team to second. Yale held on to finish runner-up at 1:29.52, a season best. 

Juniors Kei Hyogo and Jonathan Rutter took first and second in the 400-yard individual medley in a close race. Hyogo led for the first 200-yards before Rutter made a push for first in the breaststroke leg. Hyogo clawed his way back to first from the third position, winning the event at 3:48.51 with Rutter close behind in second at 3:49.55.  Rutter's time was a personal best by over four seconds. 

Junior Aaron Greenberg faced off against Harvard's Dean Farris in the 100-yard freestyle. Neck-to-neck at the 50-yard split, Farris managed to pull ahead with Greenberg coming in close second.  Greenberg broke 44 seconds for the first time in the event, touching at 43.98. 

Yale struggled to find footing in the stroke events. Senior Alex Schultz kept with the competition through most of the race to finish fourth in the 200-yard backstroke while freshman Ryan Huizing led the Yale pack at fourth in the 100-yard butterfly. 

Hyogo faced off against the Harvard squad in another nail-biter race. With Harvard swimmers flanking him, Hyogo held on to the second position for the majority of the swim, just behind Harvard's Brennan Novak in the outside lane. The race came down to the final 50 yards as Hyogo chased down Novak in the last 25 yards to claim the win at 4:23.71, less than a tenth of a second ahead of Novak. 

Freshman Chris LaBella repeated his performance from yesterday with another third-place finish in the one-meter diving event and a score of 297.52. Junior Wayne Zhang also placed fourth with a score of 284.10. 

Closing out the individual events of the meet, Rutter claimed one more win for Yale in the 200-yard breaststroke. Following Harvard's Daniel Chang in the second position for most of the race, Rutter rallied in the last 50 yards to pull ahead and touched at 1:57.89, a season best of about three seconds. 

Yale concluded the meet and its dual meet season with a second and third-place finishes in the 400-yard freestyle relay.

With a strong dual meet season and numerous personal bests in this weekend's meet, the Bulldogs are poised for success in their championship meets. They will travel to Cambridge, Mass. for the Ivy League Championships, hosted by Harvard from Feb. 22-25.


Neil Zheng '19, Yale Sports Publicity