Yale Seeking First Ivy League Win
NEW HAVEN, Conn. - The Yale men's swimming and diving team will ring in its New Year with a bang Sunday when the Bulldogs take on Ivy League rival Cornell (3-2, 2-2 Ivy League) in their first competition of 2010. The Elis entered the break on a two-meet winning streak.
Their last time out, the Bulldogs took a 193-107 victory over the University of Massachusetts. The squad dominated the top three spots in nearly every event in that meet, receiving strong performances from juniors Jerrold and Matt Lee, sophomore Goksu Bicer, and consistent captain Tom Robinson.
Yale (2-1, 0-1 Ivy League) will need to duplicate its dominance of the top three spots to gain its first win in Ivy League, dual-meet competition and continue its momentum against Cornell. The Big Red's last meet came at home against its fellow upstater Binghamton -- a meet the Big Red won 163-128 on Dec. 5. Cornell's last Ivy League matchup came on Nov. 20 against Penn's Quakers, a 160.5-137.5 win. The Big Red took a convincing 207-93 victory over Dartmouth earlier this season, sandwiched by losses to perennial Ivy League powerhouses Harvard and Princeton.
Cornell is led by captains Sasha Dobrolioubov and Anker Fog, who guide a squad that returns 21 letter-winners from last year's third-place Ivy League finisher.
The matchup with Dobrolioubov, Fog and the Big Red marks the first of five Ivy meets in the last seven meets of the regular season for the Bulldogs, who will need a strong showing in 2010 to challenge the Crimson and Tigers for the Ivy League championship.
The dual meet gets underway Sunday at 1 p.m. (the diving competition will take place at 11 a.m.) in the Robert J. H. Kiphuth Exhibition Pool.
Report by Chelsea Janes '12, Yale Sports Publicity