November 21, 2010

Bulldogs Finish Fourth at Terrier Invite

BOSTON, Mass. - While they may have been the highest finisher not from the state of Massachusetts, the Bulldogs (615) could not best Bay Staters BU (801), BC (728), and UMass (707) to break into the top three at Boston University's Terrier Invitational this weekend. Matt Lee had the performance of the weekend for Yale, taking first overall in the 1650-yard freestyle (15:54.17), while freshman Mikey Bogese (16:11.40) took third.

The win capped a big weekend for the Yale distance squad, which also took the fourth, sixth and seventh spots in the 500-yard freestyle (Lee, freshman West Cuthbert and Bogese, respectively). Lee and Bogese were also strong in the 400-yard IM, taking fifth and sixth.

Captain Kyle Veatch also had a solid weekend, taking fifth in the 50-yard freestyle (21.38) and third in the 200-yarder (1:43.25). His big race of the three-day competition, however, came in the 100-yard butterfly, where he finished second overall (50.04).

Yale's top finisher in the 200-yard IM was Jared Lovett, whose 1:55.42 was good for seventh. Freshman Pat Killian also continued his strong swimming after last week, finishing just behind Veatch and just ahead of Cuthbert for fourth in the 200-yard freestyle (1:43.48). He was also the Elis' second-best finisher in the 100-yard free behind Veatch, winning the B heat for ninth overall (47.35).

Another freshman, Danny McDermott (2.11.01), joined junior Chris Luu (2:09.57) to round out the A heat of the 200-yard breaststroke, giving Luu seventh and McDermott eighth in that event. Senior Scott Shinton (1:53.67) and sophomore Mike Dominski (1:53.88)then secured two of the top three spots in the 200-yard butterfly for the Bulldogs, taking second and third.

Yale's relay teams were consistent throughout the three days of swimming, as the 200-yard freestyle relay squad got things started with a fifth place finish that the 400-yard medley relay team followed up with a sixth place spot. The Elis' best finish came, not surprisingly, in the distance relay, as the team of Killian, Veatch, Cuthbert and Lee took second overall in the 800-yard freestyle relay (6:54.34). The Bulldogs closed out the meet with a fourth place finish in the 400-yard freestyle relay.

The Bulldogs will be back in action Dec. 4th when they take on the University of Massachusetts' Minutemen - a team who finished just ahead of them this weekend - in Amherst, Mass.

Report filed by Chelsea Janes, Yale Sports Publicity.