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Records Fall as Yale Holds Strong at Ivy Championships

Aaron Greenberg '18. Photo Courtesy of John Lapides '72.
Aaron Greenberg '18. Photo Courtesy of John Lapides '72.

Princeton, N.J.  –  The Yale men's swimming and diving team completed day two of the Ivy Championships in third-place with a score of 377.0 points.  The Bulldogs continued to make a splash on the second day with four new school records and many NCAA qualifying cuts. 

The competition resumed with the 500-yard freestyle. Both junior Adrian Lin and senior Kei Hyogo qualified for 'A' finals as the sixth and eighth seed, respectively. Hyogo rebounded in the finals to claim runner-up at 4:15.32, improving his Yale record by over a second. Lin followed up in eighth at 4:22.15. Both earned NCAA 'B' qualifying cuts. 

Senior Jonathan Rutter led the Yale effort on 200-yard individual medley. In the prelims, Rutter broke his own school record in the event with a time of 1:46.42. In the finals, he further improved his record with a time of 1:45.96 and finished fifth in the event. Junior Will Drexler and sophomore Tristan Furnary rounded out the events at 14th (1:47.62) and 17th (1:48.02), respectively. The three all earned NCAA 'B' qualifying cuts. 

Senior Aaron Greenberg defended his 50-yard freestyle title to claim his second consecutive win in the event. Touching first with a time of 19.49, Greenberg claimed Yale's first individual win of the meet. Sophomore Henry Gaissert also had a big swim, claiming third with a time of 19.70. Moreover, the duo posted two more NCAA 'B' qualifying cuts.

In the one-meter diving, fresh year Christian DeVol posted an impressive performance in his first collegiate championship meet. Finishing runner-up with 359.05 points, DeVol not only broke a decade-old Yale record set by Rob Lichtenstein '08, but he is also the first Yale men's diver to achieve a NCAA 'A' qualifying cut since Lichtenstein '08.

Closing out the second day of competition, Yale's 200-yard freestyle relay – Gaissert, Greenberg, Lin and Hyogo – claimed third, setting another school record of 1:18.67 along the way.

Competition resumes tomorrow morning at 11:00 a.m with the prelims of the 400-yard individual medley.


Report by Neil Zheng '19, Yale Sports Publicity