Bulldogs Return to Ivy League Competition Against Cornell

Jan. 8, 2009

NEW HAVEN, Conn. - The Yale men's swimming and diving team will return to Ivy League competition in a three-way meet against Cornell and Navy on Friday and Saturday. The Bulldogs, who have not faced an Ivy League competitor in a dual meet situation since the Bulldogs' win against Columbia on Nov. 15, will have the opportunity to continue their unbeaten dual-meet record which currently stands at 3-0. Diving competition will get underway at 7:00 p.m. on Friday while swimming events will begin at 12:00 p.m. on Saturday.

Both Navy and Cornell should provide good competition for the Bulldog student-athletes. The Elis, who finished their winter training trip to Puerto Rico with a dual-meet win over Fairfield on Sunday, have been training hard for the past weeks with the intent of getting prepared for the remaining portion of the competitive season, which includes dual meets against eight schools. In 2008, the Bulldogs defeated Cornell by a score of 167.5 to 132.5 while narrowly falling to Navy 159 to 141. In combined scoring, the Bulldogs won nine of the 16 events that were contested.

In 2008, the diving events were a strong area for the Bulldogs, with Jeffrey Lichtenstein '08 winning both the one- and three-meter events. Retuning diver sophomore Eric Olson, who has greatly improved since last year and has qualified for the NCAA Zone Diving Championships in the three-meter event, placed seventh in the three-meter and 12th in the one-meter event. The Bulldogs also have two other divers, junior Drew Teer and freshman Colton Staab, who can make a difference in the standings for the team. Strong performances in the diving events on Friday will give the Bulldogs a strong start to the meet, which has swimming events on Saturday only.

Last year, the Bulldogs started off in the pool with a victory in the 200-meter medley relay. The Bulldogs were led by senior captain Alex Righi, who in addition to the 200-meter medley relay, also won the 50- and 100-meter freestyle and 100-meter backstroke events. Junior Thomas Robinson won the 200-meter backstroke for the Bulldogs while junior Craig Steen wound up on top of the podium in the 200-meter breaststroke. Senior Chris Pool won the 100-meter butterfly in 2008, an event in which he is the current Yale record holder. Sophomore Matt Lee also picked up points for the Bulldogs by placing second in both the 400- and 800-meter freestyle events.

Both Navy and Cornell are competitive teams. Navy is currently ranked as the top Mid-Major swimming school in the nation. Additionally, two Navy swimmers, juniors Andrew Hetzner and Adam Meyer, have been named the National Men's Swimmer of the Week by collegeswimming.com. Meyer, who primarily swims the 200-yard butterfly, 200-yard breaststroke and 400-yard individual medley, has won 24 of the 26 individual races he has competed in this year. Navy currently has a 12-1 record, losing only to Harvard and has won five-straight Patriot League titles under Coach Bill Roberts. Cornell currently is 2-3 (1-3 Ivy League) and has earned wins over Dartmouth and Binghamton, but has dropped dual meets to Harvard, Princeton and Penn. Cornell finished fifth in the EISL dual-meet standings in 2008, just behind the Bulldogs in fourth.

Report filed by Caleb Dorfman '09, Yale Sports Publicity

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