Bulldogs Head to Amherst for Showdown with Minutemen

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

NEW HAVEN, Conn. - The Yale men's swimming and diving team is back in action for the first time since the Thanksgiving break Saturday at the University of Massachusetts. The Bulldogs are coming off a fourth-place finish at Boston University's Terrier Invitational – a meet in which they finished just behind the third-place Minutemen.

The distance team was the story of the Terrier Invite for Yale, led by senior Matt Lee who took first overall in the 1650-yard freestyle, fourth in the 500-yard freestyle, and fifth in the 400 IM. Bolstering the senior's performance were the contributions of two freshmen: Mike Bogese and West Cuthbert. Bogese took third in the 1650 free and sixth, just behind Lee, in the 400 IM. Cuthbert also had a big meet, finishing sixth in the 500 free and turning in a solid performance as part of Yale's second-place 800-yard freestyle relay team.

Captain Kyle Veatch also had a strong showing, taking second overall in the 100-yard butterfly and third in the 200-yard freestyle. His fifth-place finish in the 50-free was tops for any Bulldogs in that race.

UMass has also been out of action since the Terrier Invite, meaning they are fresh off a day which saw them take six top-five finishes. Max Butler was among the Minutemen's top performers, taking second in the 100-yard backstroke, just ahead of teammate Trevor Ziegler. Most relevant to their matchup against Yale, however, is that the only team to best the Bulldogs in the 800-relay was UMass, who took first in that event.

The Bulldogs and Minutemen square off for a one-day meet in Amherst Saturday.

Report filed by Chelsea Janes '12, Yale Sports Publicity