October 26, 2007

Swimmers Excel in Bulldog Cup Competition

Oct. 26, 2007

New Haven, CT - The 2007 Bulldog Cup Yale Swimming Competition concluded October 20 at the Robert Kiphuth Exhibition Pool. Yale swimmers competed in four events against each other and accumulated points in each event. Freshman Ileana Lucos (308 points) won the women's event, while freshman Matt Lee (346 points) won the men's event. Lee and junior Alex Righi set new meet records in five events.

Less than a full month into practice, the teams have been averaging 6500 meters or more depending on training groups on single practice days, and 11,500 meters or more on double practice days. The meet offered a unique opportunity for the swimmers to not only compete against their teammates, but also for each swimmer to match his or her performance up against the vast history and tradition of Yale Swimming. Based on points scored, the men's and women's teams were also compared.

Lee, the men's winner, broke the meet's 400 IM, 500 free, and 1000 free records. Righi, who competed in the NCAA Championships last season, earned 329 points, the best among all juniors and second best overall, by breaking the competition's records for the 100 free and 100 fly. Senior Reid Madden scored the highest among all seniors with 280 points. Sophomore Craig Steen led the way against the sophomores by earning 284 points.

In addition to winning the overall women's meet, Lucos also scored the highest among all freshmen. Leading the way among the class of 2008, senior Laura Aronsson earned 299 points. Junior Laura Strittmatter came away with 287 points to lead all juniors. Sophomore Faris Montgomery, coming back from an injury last season, led all sophomores with 251 points.

Freshmen Lugar Choi, Kyle Veatch, and Jerold Lee also performed well in their Yale debuts by scoring 319, 310, and 298 points, respectively. .

After a scrimmage against McGill October 26, the Bulldogs open up their season in New York against Columbia November 9.

Report Filed by Steven Horn '10, Yale Sports Publicity

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