Bulldogs Look for Big Second Day at H-Y-P

Lugar Choi. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)
Lugar Choi. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

PRINCETON, New Jersey - The men's swimming and diving team will look to improve on Friday's slow start when they take to the pool Saturday for the second day of Robert J.H. Kiphuth Director of Swimming Frank Keefe's final H-Y-P meet.

Through the first ten event, the Elis trail Harvard 139.00 - 44.00 and the host Tigers 138.00 - 47.00. Princeton currently holds the overall lead, standing ahead of Harvard 100.00 - 86.00.

The Bulldogs' 'A' relay squad of junior Kyle Veatch, senior captain Tom Robinson, junior Lugar Choi, and freshman Mike Dominski took fourth in the 200 yard freestyle relay, finishing behind Harvard and Princeton's 'A' teams and the event's winner, Princeton's 'B' group.

Lugar Choi was Yale's top finisher in the 200 yard freestyle with a time of 1:40.92 seconds. He finished just ahead of fellow junior Eli Veatch (1:41.41).

Dominski burst onto the H-Y-P stage, finishing second overall in his first individual event - the 100 yard backstroke - with a time of 50.68 seconds. Fellow Yalies Alex Gornitsky (fifth), Jason Choi (eighth), and Matt Boone (ninth) also placed in the top ten in that event.

Junior Sam Goldsmith grabbed the third spot in the 100 yard breaststroke (57.42), as senior Craig Steen (57.80) took sixth overall. Scott Shinton (sixth) was Yale's top swimmer in the 200 yard butterfly (1:52.12).

Sophomore Goksu Bicer, coming off a big performance in last weekend's meet against Navy, led the Elis in the 50 yard freestyle, tying for sixth in 21.14 seconds. Another freshman made his first H-Y-P mark in the next event, the 200 yard IM, as Jared Lovett took fifth overall with a time of 1:52.72 seconds.

Junior Matt Lee paced the Bulldogs in the grueling 1650 yard freestyle, finishing seventh in 15:59.71.

Yale's divers, coming off a meet in which all three (Seniors Eric Olson and Drew Teer and sophomore Colton Staab) qualified for NCAA Zones, had only one event Friday - the three meter. Olson led the way for the Elis, finishing fourth with a score of 295.80.

The Bulldogs rounded out the day with a solid performance in the 400 yard medley relay, as their 'A' team of Dominski, Goldsmith, Bicer, and Choi took third overall in 3:23.65 seconds.

The Elis will look to close the gap on both the Crimson and the Tigers when the meet continues Sunday in Princeton.

Report filed by Chelsea Janes '12, Yale Sports Publicity.