February 4, 2007

Harvard Pulls Ahead of Yale at H-Y-Ps

Feb. 4, 2007

PRINCETON, N.J. - The Yale men's swimming and diving team lost the narrow lead they had enjoyed over Harvard after Saturday's session at H-Y-Ps. With the concluding session completed Sunday afternoon at DeNunzio Pool, Yale lost to Harvard 184-169, and lost to Princeton 228-125. Princeton won the meet, beating Harvard 190-163.

The losses move the Bulldogs to 7-3, 5-3 EISL. In their final dual meet action of the season, two wins and one second place finish kept the Bulldogs close with Harvard, but couldn't match Harvard's four wins, including two in relay events.

The Yale 'A' team finished third in the first event, the 200 yard medley relay, after leading the race until their final leg. The team, which included Alex Righi, Colin Stalnecker, Chris Pool and Geof Zann, finished in a time of 1:31.41.

After Geof Rathgeber of Harvard comfortably won the next event - the 400 yard individual medley, the Elis got wins in two successive events. The first came from Righi in the 100 yard freestyle; the win gave the sophomore a perfect three for three, winning every individual event he entered at the meet. In the next evemt, the 200 yard backstroke, Thomas Robinson won a tight race over Princeton's Dan O'Connor despite trailing at the 100 and 150 yard marks.

Yale's second place finishes came in the penultimate event of the session. In the 200 yard breaststroke, Stalnecker finished second behind Meir Hasbani of Princeton, adding this result to his second place in yesterday's 100 yard breaststroke. Then in the final event, the 400 yard freestyle relay, the Bulldog 'B' quartet of Andrew Foss, Pool, Zann and Robinson finsihed third in 3:04.97, behind Harvard and the Princeton team, which swam unofficially.

The Bulldogs will have two weeks before their final meets of the season. The Yale squad will split between the ECAC Championships in Cambridge, MA and the EISL Championships held at Nassau County Aquatics Center, NJ.

Complete results from the H-Y-P meet are available at the meet website.

Report filed by Jamie Cordes '07, Yale Sports Publicity

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