NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The Yale men's swimming and diving team defeated Seton Hall 191-97 at home on Saturday. The team also celebrated the achievements and contribution of the Class of 2019.
Yale showed a strong coordinated effort throughout the meet. Exemplifying their teamwork, the Bulldogs took first and runner-up in both the 200-yard medley and freestyle relays.
The Bulldogs dominated in the long-distance freestyle events. First year Liam Bogart continued to lead Yale in the 1000-yard freestyle, finishing first at 9:35.02. Sophomore Jonathan Liao followed closely behind to finish runner-up. In the 500-yard freestyle, sophomore Patrick Frith out-touched teammate Tyler Harmon in a tight race, taking the event by less than three tenths of a second at 4:40.59.
The veterans of the team led Yale's success in the shorter distance freestyle events. Junior Henry Gaissert claimed first in the 50-yard freestyle at 20.39 with junior Ryan Huizing following up in second. In the 100-yard freestyle, junior Max Bottene took the top podium spot with a swift 45.10. Team captain Adrian Lin led the one-two-three sweep of the 200-yard freestyle with a time of 1:40.40. First year Felix Van Cauwelaert and junior Matt Slabe completed the sweep in second and third, respectively.
The seniors on the team also made a splash in the stroke events: Senior Edward Stolarski touched first in the 100-yard backstroke at 50.77 and senior Joey Carbone finished first in 200-yard butterfly at 1:52.28. Yale swept the 200-yard backstroke as well with first year Cristian Bell leading the group at 1:50.20. Junior Duncan Lee and first year Liam Bogart rounded out the event at second and third, respectively.
First year Andrew Schuler and senior William Drexler faced off in the 200-yard individual medley to round out the day's events. Schuler held onto an early lead to take first in the event at 1:52.47 with Drexler close behind as runner-up.
With the conclusion of their final home meet, the Bulldogs will be on the road next week to take on Cornell. With a 4-1 dual meet record thus far, the team only continues to improve as they gear up for a busy meet schedule ahead.
Photos from the meet can be found here.
Report by Neil Zheng '19, Yale Sports Publicity