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Bulldogs Finish Strong at NCAAs, Hyogo Receives All-American Honors

Kei Hyogo '18
(photo courtesy of Kuninori Hyogo)
Kei Hyogo '18 (photo courtesy of Kuninori Hyogo)

INDIANPOLIS, Ind. – Juniors Aaron Greenberg and Kei Hyogo of the Yale men's swimming and diving team concluded their journey to the NCAA Division I Men's Swimming and Diving Championships on Saturday. 

"It's an incredible opportunity getting to swim side by side with some of the fastest swimmers in the world on a stage as big as this," said Greenberg. "Just to be here is an experience I will never forget."

Greenberg had a busy schedule in his debut at NCAAs, swimming the 100-yard backstroke as well as the 50-yard and 100-yard freestyles. 

"Aaron was great this weekend," remarked assistant coach Kevin Norman. "He was right on top of his best time in the 50-yard freestyle from Ivy Championships."

Greenberg closed out the meet with a great swim in the 100-yard freestyle.  Finishing 26th in the event, he posted a big personal best at 42.90, dropping over half a second.

"I wanted to break 43 seconds in the 100-yard freestyle at Ivy Championships, but didn't have a great race," Greenberg noted. "To come back a month later and achieve the goal I set this season for the 100 free made me very happy." 

Greenberg has made large strides in his racing performances this season, improving his personal best in the 100-yard freestyle by over a second since he returned to Yale in the fall.  He continues to strive for progress, looking to help Yale climb the Ivy League standings and to challenge the Yale records in the 50-yard and 100-yard freestyles held by Alex Righi '09.

 

Hyogo continued to show his consistency and resilience as he concluded the weekend with the 1650-yard freestyle. He finished 16th in the event, placing Yale on the scoreboard with a season best of 14:46.40, a season best. Moreover, Hyogo received All-American honors for his third-consecutive season, the first Bulldog to do so since Righi '09.

"This meet was an eye-opener in terms of the things I can do to make myself a better swimmer in my last season at Yale," Hyogo said. "I wasn't particularly pleased with my results, but competing at this level is always a good way to build confidence and experience going into next season."

With Hyogo's scoring swim in the 1650-yard freestyle, Yale finished 42nd overall at the championship meet. This marks the second-consecutive year that Yale has placed at NCAAs, a promising sign of continued progress. 

"Kei and Aaron enjoyed racing at the fastest NCAA meet in history," said Tim Wise, the Robert J. H. Kiphuth Director of Men's Swimming and Diving.  "I'm extremely happy for, and proud of both guys. They represented Yale very well." 

"While this meet marks the end of the 2016-17 competitive season, I believe the future is bright for Yale swimming and diving," he added.

The team will celebrate the 2016-17 season at the annual swimming banquet in April. 

 

Report by Neil Zheng '19, Yale Sports Publicity