NEW HAVEN, Conn. - Coming off their second Ivy League loss of the season Sunday, the Yale men's swimming and diving team will look to get their first win of the New Year and build momentum heading into the rapidly approaching championship season. With the likes of perennial powerhouses Harvard (3-1, 3-0) and Princeton (4-0,3-0) looming on the schedule, the Elis need to start picking up Ivy League wins, and this weekend's conference showdown with Dartmouth (1-3,0-3) and Penn (2-3,2-3) in Philadelphia would be a good time to start.
The Bulldogs (2-2,0-2) come into the meet fresh off a tough loss to Cornell's Big Red last Sunday. In that meet, the Elis were led by sophomore Goksu Bicer, who won three races. Junior Matt Lee also added a win in the 1000 yard freestyle, while the relay team of freshman Mike Dominski and juniors Zak Murez, Alex Benz and Kyle Veatch took victory in the 200 yard medley relay.
The Big Green's last outing was a close 131-112 loss to the Boston University Terriers in the team's first meet of 2010. Dartmouth diver Michael Brown qualified for the NCAA Zones with his winning score in the three meter, and also took a close second in the one meter event. Amongst swimmers, freshman Onejune Chung had a big day for the Big Green, taking the 100 freestyle and swimming a college-best in the 200 free.
As for the Quakers, their last meet was a 183-117 loss to Harvard's Crimson Jan. 9th. Sophomores Brett Gomes and Brendan McHugh, both members of the Quakers' winning 200 yard medley relay team, won multiple events for Penn, Gomes taking the 50 free while McHugh took the 100 and 200 yard breaststroke.
If history is any indication, this weekend should be a big one for the Elis, who took a 184.5-115.5 win over the Quakers in last year's meet, while drubbing the Big Green to the tune of 244-56.
The Bulldogs look to duplicate those feats when they take to the pool Saturday at 12 p.m. in Philadelphia.
Report Filed by Chelsea Janes '12, Yale Sports Publicity.