Bulldogs Fall to Columbia in 2010-2011 Opener

Matt Lee. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

NEW HAVEN, Conn. - The Yale men's swimming and diving team dropped its 2010-2011 season opener to Ancient Eight rival Columbia by the score of 177-122 Saturday afternoon. Christopher Luu and Matt Lee both had big days for the Elis, but their efforts were not enough to give Yale their first victory.

Lee got Yale it's first outright win of the season, taking his specialty, the 1000-yard freestyle, in a time of 9:33.45; the senior also finished second in another distance swim, the 500-free, in 4:39.70. Luu also took home a victory for the Bulldogs, winning the 200-yard breastroke (2:08.93), and taking second in the 100-yarder.

Also making big contributions was the captain Kyle Veatch. Veatch finished second (21.07) - just ahead of freshman Pat Killian (21.87) - in the 50-yard freestyle. He then took second in the 100-yard freestyle, while Killian snagged fourth place (48.21).

Sophomore Mike Dominski got to work on following up his superb freshmen season in similar fashion with a second-place finish in the 100-yard backstroke (52.13) and third in the 200 back (1:54.02). Dominski was edged in that one by classmate Jared Lovett, who took second in the 200 back and added an outright win in the 200-yard IM (1:55.42).

In addition to Killian's success, Yale's freshmen class also made an impact in their first collegiate meet Saturday. Ed Becker took fourth in the 200-yard freestyle (1:43.68), while Mikey Bogese and West Cuthbert went 4-5 in the 500-free. Bogese took second in the 1000-free (9:35.56), while Bogese took fourth. Danny McDermott finished third in both the 100- and 200-yard breaststroke.

The Bulldogs head to Boston for the Terrier Invitational next weekend.

Report filed by Chelsea Janes '12, Yale Sports Publicity

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