Nov. 10, 2006
NEW HAVEN, Conn. - The Yale men's swimming and diving team got off to the best possible start to their conference schedule riday afternoon. The Bulldogs overcame the big first hurdle of Columbia by a score of 171-129 at Robert Kiphuth Memorial Exhibition Pool.
Coming off of a pair of dominating wins last Friday against SCSU and Fairfield, the Bulldogs were prepared for the tougher challenge posed by the rival Columbia Lions. Yale's swimmers exerted their control early on, as the Bulldogs won the first four events in convincing fashion.
Yale went on to record wins in 11 of the meet's 16 events. The Elis also ensured a high point total by finishing second in the 5 events won by Columbia's swimmers and divers.
Three Yale swimmers came away with two individual wins in the event. Captain Geof Zann won in both the 100 and 200 yard backstroke, fighting off competition from freshman teammate Thomas Robinson, who finished third and second in the two events respectively.
Senior Andrew Foss and sophomore Alex Righi won two events each and helped Yale run the table in the individual freestyle events. Foss won the 200 and 500 yard freestyle, while Righi maintained his dominance over the sprint events, winning the 50 and 100 yard free.
Righi and Zann also made up one half of Yale's winning 200 yard medley relay team which also included Colin Stalnecker and Chris Pool. The Yale 'A' team was in poll position after Righi's fast freestyle leg, and maintained their lead to help the Bulldogs get off to a winning start in the first event of the meet.
Yale also had individual victories from Pool, Dennen McCloskey and Tyler Scheid. In the diving events, Yale's deep team couldn't solve Columbia's Justin Reardon in either the 1 or 3 meter events, but the four Eli divers did manage to sweep second through fifth in both events.
The Bulldogs will not face EISL competition again until after the new year, but they will return to action next Thursday at the Maryland Invitational, a three-day event hosted by the University of Maryland at their Campus Recreation Natatorium in College Park, MD.
Report filed by Jamie Cordes '07, Yale Sports Publicity