Big Red Best Bulldogs in Ithaca

Scott Shinton. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)
Scott Shinton. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

ITHACA, N.Y. – The Yale men's swimming and diving team traveled to Ithaca for its first Ivy League meet of 2011, and returned with their second loss of the season, as the Big Red edged the blue-and-white 166-134. 

Things looked good early for the Bulldogs, as their 'A' 200 medley relay squad of senior Jason Choi, junior Christopher Luu, captain Kyle Veatch and standout freshman Pat Killian edged the Big Red's corps by just six tenths of a second to earn a first place finish.  Senior Matt Lee then made it two straight wins for the Elis, winning the 1000-yard freestyle by six seconds over Cornell's Taylor Wilson.

The Bulldogs' success continued – though their streak of first place finishes did not – when Killian (1:43.42) and classmate West Cuthbert (1:44.50) went 2-3 in the 200-yard freestyle, a finish followed up by a second-place finish from sophomore Mike Dominski in the 100-yard backstroke (52.10). Luu also took second in the 100-yard breaststroke, but, like Dominski, he was the only Bulldog to place in the top three in that event. Senior Scott Shinton then made it three second-place finishes in a row for Yale, though he nearly grabbed a win; Cornell's Harry Harpham finished a mere tenth of a second ahead of Shinton, who completed the race in 1:53.50.

Yet the Bulldogs then saw a tight finish go their way as Veatch took the 50 free by just four tenths of a second (21.30), but the Yale captain found himself on the wrong side of another close race in the 100 free, seeing the Big Red's Dean Holcomb edge his time of 47.08 by just two tenths of a second to take the victory.


The Elis got two men in the top three for the second time in the 200-yard backstroke, as sophomore Jared Lovett (1:56.52) and freshmen Mike Bogese (1:56.75) took the second and third spots, respectively. Luu (2:08.52) and freshman Danny McDermott (2:09.38) duplicated that feat in the 200-yard breaststroke in the next event.

After a tight race in the 1000-yard freestyle earlier in the meet, Yale's Lee and Cornell's Wilson went at it again in the 500-yard race, though Wilson (4:38.78) got the better of Lee (4:39.18) in the second go-round, though just barely.

Veatch (50.11) earned his second victory of the day in the 100-yard butterfly, getting revenge on Holcomb (50.35), who had edged him in the 100 free. Lovett then placed third in the 200-yard individual medley(1:58.10) to send the Elis to the 400-yard relay.

In that event, Cornell avenged their meet-opening loss to the Bulldogs in the 200-yard medley relay, earning a victory in 3:09.01. Yale's team of Killian, senior Alex Gornitzky, freshman Ed Becker and Dominski took second with a time of 3:11.37.

The loss means the Bulldogs are 0-2 in Ivy League meets so far this season, a record they will look to improve on when they match up against Penn and Dartmouth next weekend at the Kiphuth exhibition pool. Following a trip to Navy in their next outing, the Bulldogs return home for one of the most important –and most challenging – meets of the season, when archrivals Harvard and Princeton come to town for the annual H-Y-P showdown Jan. 29 and 30.

Report filed by Chelsea Janes '12, Yale Sports Publicity