Bulldogs Finish Second At ECACs

Bulldogs Finish Second At ECACs

Feb. 26, 2006

PITTSBURGH, Pa. - The Yale men's swimming and diving team finished in second place at the ECAC Championships with a final score of 465 points. For the second day in a row, the Bulldogs had a swimmer in all six 'A' finals.

Starting the last day of competition at Trees Pool, the Bulldogs were only 15 points behind leaders Johns Hopkins. In the opening event, the 1650-yard freestyle, Reid Madden overtook Seton Hall's Matt Miklius late in the race to secure fourth place in a time of 16:13.10. However, Johns Hopkins extended their lead in the first event, with Collin Kleinguetel winning the event for the Blue Jays.

In the 200-yard backstroke, Chris Dufek qualified for the final, but finished eighth, swimming a slower time than in the preliminary. Morgan Locke faced the same fate in the 100-yard freestyle, finishing eighth in a time of 47.27.

But things soon picked up for the Bulldogs. Mike Slater, who had been dominant in the individual medley events on both Friday and Saturday, finished fourth in the 200-yard breaststroke in a time of 2:05.99, a new personal best. The event capped off an excellent end to the season for Slater, who had set his previous personal best of 2:08.73 against Brown a week ago, only to smash it in today's final.

Despite a strong finish in the last event of the championship, the 400-yard freestyle relay, the Bulldogs could not catch Johns Hopkins. The Blue Jays placed in the top three in five of the day's events.

The 400 free relay team of Locke, Dufek, Tom Hardy and Gjorgji Gjeorgjievski finished fifth in a time of 3:07.27. The Bulldogs were in second place after 200 yards, but could not hold off late charges from Binghamton and Johns Hopkins.

Yale's second place finish is a vast improvement on last year, when the Bulldogs finished tenth. Yale also defeated all three other Ivy League teams at the meet. Columbia finished in fourth, Harvard finished in ninth, and Penn finished in twelfth. Complete Results are available at the meet website.

Next week, the Bulldogs will travel to the East Meadow, N.J. for the EISL Men's Swimming and Diving Championships, which will be held at the Nassau County Aquatic Center and hosted by Columbia. For more information, visit the Columbia website.

Report filed by Jamie Cordes '07, Yale Sports Publicity