Yale Takes Third in Annual H-Y-P Showdown

Craig Steen. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)
Craig Steen. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Perennial powerhouses Harvard and Princeton proved too much for the men’s swimming and diving team, as the Bulldogs finished in third after the second and final day of the annual H-Y-P meet in Princeton.

The Elis trailed both the Crimson and Tigers after Friday’s action, and were unable to catch either in the course of Saturday’s races. The day opened with the 200 yard medley relay, in which the Bulldog ‘A’ Squad of freshman Mike Dominski, senior Craig Steen, junior Kyle Veatch and sophomore Goksu Bicer took third with a time of 1:32.40.
Freshman Jared Lovett’s time of 4:00.77 made him Yale’s top finisher in the 400 yard IM, and was good for fourth overall. Bicer followed that up with a matching fourth place finish for the Bulldogs in the 100 yard freestyle (45.80).

Captain Tom Robinson earned Yale its first win of the meet, stepping up to take first overall in the 200 yard backstroke with a time of 1:48.16. Bicer then grabbed second in the 100 yard butterfly (49.23) to follow up the win with another top-three finish for the Elis.
Matt Lee (fifth) led the way for the Bulldogs in the 500 yard freestyle (4:36.15), and Steen’s 2:05.54 in the 200 yard breaststroke was good for fourth overall and Yale’s top place in that event.

Bulldog diver Drew Teer, one of three Elis to qualify for the NCAA Zones last week, had a big day for Yale, finishing second overall in the one-meter event (291.95).

The Elis have little time to dwell on the loss, as they will be in action again Wednesday when they take on Ivy League rival Brown at UMass-Dartmouth.

Report Filed by Chelsea Janes, Yale Sports Publicity.