November 18, 2010

Bulldogs on the Road at the Terrier Invitational

The Yale football team isn't the only Bulldog squad headed to Boston this weekend: the men's swimming and diving team, looking to avenge a season-opening loss to Ancient Eight rival Columbia, will also be making the trip, though they are headed not to Harvard, but rather to Boston University for the Terrier Invitational.

The Bulldogs finished fourth in last year's Invite, and that without sprinters Goksu Bicer and Kyle Veatch; Bicer was swimming with the Turkish National Team, while Veatch was banged up. When one considers that sprints have constituted more than 50 percent of Eli points over the past two years, the return of one or both of those swimmers will give Yale a strong chance of breaking into the top three.

Also contributing to that chance is a freshmen class that, though in just one meet, has given first-year Robert J.H. Kiphuth Director of Men's Swimming and Diving Tim Wise many reasons to be optimistic. In last weekend's meet against Columbia, freshman Pat Killian turned in top-five finishes in both the 50- and 100-yard freestyle, while classmates Mike Bogese and West Cuthbert both finished in the top five of the 500- and 1000-yard freestyle.

Yale will need big performances from freshmen and upperclassmen alike, as the Terrier Invitational always yields one of the most competitive fields the Bulldogs see all year. The action gets underway Friday at BU

 

Report filed by Chelsea Janes '12, Yale Sports Publicity