AMHERST, Mass. - The Yale men's swimming and diving team dropped their first non-conference dual meet of the season Saturday in Amherst, 177-118. Four Bulldogs, freshman Mike Bogese (1000-yard freestyle), captain Kyle Veatch (100-yard freestyle), junior Goksu Bicer (100-yard butterfly) and sophomore Jared Lovett (200-yard IM) turned in first-place finishes, and following a DQ of the 'A' squad, Yale's 'B' 200-yard freestyle relay team bested the field for first in that event.
The Minutemen opened things up with a win in the 200-yard medley relay, beating out Yale's squad of senior Jason Choi, junior Chris Luu, Bicer and Veatch (1:34.29) by two seconds. Bogese then got Yale on the winning track, taking the 1000 free in 9:32.80, while classmate West Cuthbert (9:44.85) took third.
Freshman Pat Killian then continued his strong start to the season with a second-place finish in the 200-yard freestyle (1:44.71), while Bicer (1:45.60) took fourth just ahead of another freshman, Ed Becker (1:45.66). Luu was the Bulldogs' top finisher in the 100-yard backstroke, taking fourth in 59.90.
Senior Scott Shinton (1:54.61) and Lovett (1:55.64) went 2-3 in the 200-yard butterfly, while Veatch led the way for Yale in the 50-yard freestyle at 21.58. The captain followed that up with his first-place finish in the 100-yard freestyle (47.30).
Lovett (1:54.50) edged out Bogese (1:54.72) for third in the 200-yard backstroke, and Luu (2:12.02) beat out freshman Danny McDermott (2:12.23) for third in the 200-yard breaststroke. Sophomore Mike Dominski (4:46.84) turned in a strong third-place finish in the 500-yard freestyle, just ahead of Cuthbert (4:49.35). Bicer and Lovett then went back-to-back with their first place finishes, and the Yale relay team of Matt Boone, Calvin Jones, Dominski and Becker ended the Bulldogs' day with a win.
The Bulldogs are now off until January 8th for reading week, exam periods, and the holiday break. They return to action with a trip to Ithaca for their second Ivy-League meet of the season, a dual-meet matchup with Cornell.
Report filed by Chelsea Janes '12, Yale Sports Publicity.