Jan. 4, 2009
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico - The Yale Bulldogs men's swimming and diving team started to get back into the competitive mood after a week of hard training with a meet against Nutmeg State rival Fairfield. The Bulldogs, who have undergone some of the hardest training of the year during the past week, traded the cold of New Haven for the sunny skies and warm temperatures of Puerto Rico in an effort to get ready for the long competitive season ahead.
The Eli swimmers have been able to use the Winter break training trip as an opportunity to get into the top fitness of the season without needing to worry about the demands of school work. The Bulldogs have been able to have at least two intense sessions of training per day while in Puerto Rico. The training trip is a good opportunity to get in practice before needing to again get in the competitive mood where all out practice day after day is not conducive to winning against tough competition. The Bulldogs will face Navy and Cornell in a dual meet on Jan. 9 (diving) and Jan. 10 (swimming). After that meet, the Bulldogs will be in competition almost every weekend until the championship portion of the season. The strenuous practices at this point in the season allows the swimmers to build a strong base and work on technique that will allow them to be better prepared for the remainder of the season.
While the Fairfield meet did allow the Bulldogs to get in race time and yet another impressive win to the team's record, it was not a critical meet for the team, but more of one that could be used to build confidence because the athletes delivered strong performances while being fatigued from the practices over the past week. The meet allowed the team to get back into the dual meet mindset for the first time since a dual meet against Southern Connecticut State on Nov. 24. This is critical for the team because the meet against Cornell and Navy will be the first Ivy League competition since the dual meet win against Columbia on Nov. 14. The Fairfield meet was originally scheduled for Jan. 24, but its move to during the training trip allowed the Bulldogs to have a important week off of competition before the Harvard-Yale-Princeton meet on Jan. 30 and Jan. 31.
The Bulldogs' strong performance comes on the heels of a strong performance against Fairfield on Dec. 11, 2007. In the meet, the Bulldogs competed against both Southern Connecticut State and Fairfield. The Bulldogs won seven of the 14 events they competed in in 2007. Even more impressively, had the Bulldogs only competed against the Fairfield squad, the Bulldogs would have won all except for two of the events that the team entered. Event winners that returned for the Bulldogs included sophomore Jason Choi in the 100-yard backstroke, sophomore Sam Goldsmith in the 100-yard breaststroke, junior Jon Taylor in the 50-yard freestyle, junior Colin McCarthy in the 200-yard backstroke and the 200-yard medley relay team.
Report filed by Caleb Dorfman '09, Yale Sports Publicity