NEW HAVEN, Conn. – 2009-2010 captain Tom Robinson, junior Matt Lee, and freshman Mike Dominski have been named 2010 Mid-Major All-Americans by CollegeSwimming.com. The three Elis, all of whom received honorable mention honors, were recognized because they posted NCAA 'B Cut' times at some point this season.
For the captain Robinson, the Ivy League championships proved extremely successful, as the senior took second overall in the 200-yard backstroke. It was in the preliminaries for that event that Robinson earned his All-American honors, finishing the event – an event he dominated throughout the season – in just 1:44.98.
Lee made the 'B' cut for his outstanding race in the 1650-yard freestyle at those same Ivy League championships. Lee took fifth overall at the meet, completing the marathon in 15:33.40.
Dominski earned Honorable Mention honors for his time in the preliminaries and finals of the 500-yard freestyle at this year's Ivy League championships. The freshman swam the grueling race in just 4:26.27 for his qualifying time, and bettered his performance in the finals, posting a time of 4:25.86 – good for fifth overall in the Ivy League.
Dominski's All-American selection was one of two for the Dominski family this season, as Mike's sister Emily, a sophomore on the women's team, also earned recognition. Overall, six Bulldogs earned All-American honors on the women's side.
Lee and Dominski will lead the Elis into a new era of Bulldog swimming, as former Eli assistant Tim Wise takes the helm hoping to improve on this season's fifth-place Ivy League finish.
Mid-Majors are identified as those schools that are not affiliated with a BCS conference (i.e. the Big Ten, Big Twelve, ACC, etc) and those schools that award less than half the allotted number of scholarships (five for men).
Report filed by Chelsea Janes '12, Yale Sports Publicity.