December 3, 2006

Pool, Robinson Lead Elis With Wins

Dec. 3, 2006

Complete Results

NEW HAVEN, Conn. - The Yale men's swimming team bumped things up a notch in the third session of the Nutmeg Invitational Sunday. The Bulldogs recorded two wins: Thomas Robinson took another backstroke title, and for Chris Pool, the third time was a charm in the 100 yard freestyle.

Pool, one of Yale's rising stars who has exploded out of the blocks this season, won the 100 free in a time of 46.73. The win came after two close 2nd place finishes in yesterday's 50 yard freestyle and 200 yard freestyle. Also in the 100 free, Morgan Locke finished 7th.

Yale's other win came from Thomas Robinson, who added to yesterday's 100 yard backstroke win with a victory in Sunday's 200 yard backstroke event. The Kansas native claimed victory in the 200 back with his time of 1:54.59.

But Robinson was far from alone on the leaderboard of the 200 backstroke event. Yale claimed five of the top eight spots in the event. Chris Dufek and John Lynch finished 3rd and 4th respectively, while William Rubenstein and Colin McCarthy were in 7th and 8th.

The Elis also had success in the 1650 yard freestyle. Seasoned distance swimmmer Kent Garber claimed 2nd with his time of 16:17.16, and Ilya Byzov was close behind in 4th. Also, in the 200 yard breaststroke Colin Stalnecker finished 2nd and Kyle McElroy followed up on his strong 200 IM with a 4th place finish.

The meet is the last of the calendar year for the Bulldogs, who know have 6 weeks until they host a key EISL meet against Cornell and Navy.

Report filed by Jamie Cordes '07, Yale Sports Publicity

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