Wise and the Bulldogs Welcome Ten Newcomers for 2011-12

Tim Wise. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)
Tim Wise. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Ten swimmers will join the storied Yale men's swimming and diving team this fall. Second-year head coach Tim Wise welcomes athletes from eight different states and two foreign countries to the fold as he and the Bulldogs look to chase down Harvard and Princeton in the hunt for the Ivy League title.

The class of 2015 fills the shoes of an outstanding eight-member graduating class, meaning the Elis will have more swimmers on the roster in 2011-2012 than they did for their fourth-place finish in 2010-11.

In addition to a transfer from Tennessee, Paschall Davis, who will be a sophomore this season, the Bulldogs welcome swimmers from Hong Kong, Turkey and a diverse array of states including Colorado, Indiana, Oregon and Tennessee. All eight American swimmers in this year's class were named All-American at some point in their high school careers, and join a roster featuring swimmers from 17 different states. Barkin Doganay will be one of two Turkish national swimmers on Coach Wise's roster, joining 2011 First-Team All-Ivy honoree Goksu Bicer '12. Fellow 2015'er Ronald Tsui has been a member of the Hong Kong National Team since 2006.

"I am pleased to welcome the class of 2015 to Yale," Wise said. "I am confident that they will play a major role as we try to improve our standing within the conference. 

Here's how the Class of 2015 shapes up:

Paschall Davis

Best Times:

50 Free:  20.76

100 Free:  45.17

100 Butterfly:  48.26

Nashville Aquatic Club                               Coach:  John Morse

Before Yale: Transferred from University of Tennessee after one year…scored with a fourth-place finish against Florida in the 100-yard backstroke…Captain of Montgomery Bell Academy (Nashville) Swim Team…Three-time High School All-American…Two-Time Tennessee High School State Champion in 50- and 100-yard freestyle… …Swam anchor leg of Junior National Champion 400-meter medley relay for Nashville Aquatic Club in 2009.

Personal: Former Montgomery Bell Academy and Nashville Aquatic Club teammate Pat Killian also swims freestyle sprint races and will be a sophomore for Yale this season…enjoys playing guitar and working with computers.

Why Yale: "I chose Yale because I wanted to be a part of the exciement of being on an emerging team as we try to compete with Princeton and Harvard for the Ivy League Championship. 


Barkin Doganay

Best Times:

50 Free:  25.25 (LCM)

100 Free:  54.30 (LCM)

200 Free:  1:58.60 (LCM)

Enka Swim Club                 

Before Yale: Member of Turkish National Swim Team.

Personal: Enjoys soccer and going to the shooting gallery.

Why Yale: " I chose Yale because I haven't met a single student who wasn't in love with Yale."


Alwin Firmansyah

Best Times:

100 Butterfly:  48.52

100 Breaststroke:  57.57

200 Individual Medley:  1:49.71

Cerritos Aquatic Club                                Coach:  Mark Johnson

Before Yale: Two-year captain of the Water Polo Team and four-year captain of the Swim Team…Athlete of the Year… Scholar Athlete of the Year…Four-time team MVP for swimming…CIF Division III record holder for the 200 I.M…Six-time CIF Champion…Eight-time All-American Swimmer…Captain of the Southern California Team for the North American Challenge Cup…Swim team was four-time league champions and two-time team CIF runner up.

Personal: Hobbies include playing basketball.

 Why Yale: "I chose Yale because the swim team seemed to be much closer than any of the other teams that I witnessed during my recruitment trips. Also, the general student body at Yale never ceases to amaze me."

Josh Ginsborg

Best Times:

100 Free:  46.18

200 Free:  1:38.22

500 Free:  4:27.79  

Fort Collins Area Swim Team                  Coach:  Evan Weiting

Before Yale: Ran cross country and swam at Fossil Ridge High School, Fort Collins, C.O. …Hoyt Brawner Award (CO Most Valuable Athlete based on academics, athletics, and service)…MVP of high school team…Colorado State Champion…Three-time all- conference…Two-time All American…Three-time Scholastic All American, CHAMP Character Athlete of the Month…Hardest worker on Fort Collins Area Swim Team for three consecutive seasons…also best teammate…two-time state champion with Fort Collins…Eagle Scout…raced slalom and giant slalom on Winter Park alpine ski team.

Personal: Loves being outdoors whether skiing, backpacking, or fly fishing…

Why Yale: "I chose Yale for its cultured students and athletes who are determined to see their classmates and school succeed."


Rob Harder 

Best Times:

200 Freestyle:  1:40.45

500 Freestyle:  4:25.90

1000 Freestyle:  9:09.06

1650 Freestyle:  15:12.55

100 Backstroke:  50.79

200 Backstroke:  1:47.88

Wilton YMCA Wahoo's                               Coach:  Randy Erlenbach

Before Yale: Lettered all 4 years swimming on Joel Barlow High School swim team and captain senior year…Holds 3 individual records and 3 relay records and undefeated during the season of sophomore, junior and senior year… Selected as Outstanding Performer of the Conference for three straight years...Swam 10 years for Wilton YMCA Wahoo's and was a three time recipiant of: USA Scholastic All American, Connecticut Scholar Athlete, and YMCA All American…YMCA National champion in the 400 Free… Senior National qualifier.

Swam 10 years for Wilton YMCA Wahoo's and was a three time recipient of: USA Scholastic All American, Connecticut Scholar Athlete, and YMCA All American.  YMCA National champion in the 400 Free. Senior National qualifier.

Personal: Older brother, Brad, is captain of the varsity swim team at Washington and Lee University.

Why Yale: "Yale is at once a place with great tradition and a great future; I want to be able to claim that past and shape that future."


Andrew Heymann

Best Times:

50 Freestyle:  20.54

100 Freestyle:  45.18

100 Breaststroke:  56.23

200 Breaststroke:  2:02.93

200 Individual Medley:  1:51.04

Lake Oswego Swim Club                           Coach:  Coley Stickels

Before Yale: Captain of swim team at Lakeridge High School, Lake Oswego OR during senior year.High School… All-American…Two-time Don Scholander award winner for excellence in and out of the pool with Lake Oswego Swim Club… 2011 State Champion 200 IM national qualifier…Oregon state record holder…national age group record holder. 

Personal: Enjoys waterskiing and organizes and teaches elementary level robotics…Father, Bob, played varsity water polo at Princeton…Mother Carolyn attended Rice University.

Why Yale: "I chose Yale because I wanted to swim competitively at a school that had outstanding academics and a diverse student body."


Mike Lazris

Best Times:

100 Backstroke:  51.16

200 Backstroke:  1:49.57

100 Butterfly:  49.73

200 Butterfly:  1:50.42

400 Individual Medley:  3:59.85

Columbia Aquatics Association               Coach:  Jeff Scrivener

Before Yale: Played baseball, cross country, and basketball at Wilde Lake High School, Columbia, Md…county didn't have HS swimming, but was captain of his club team, the Columbia Clippers, in his senior year...Two-time Scholastic All-American…12 records broken on the Clippers… First swimmer in Clippers history to qualify for nationals…wrote the music and libretto in a full length musical, Peloponnesia, which was produced and performed at Wilde Lake…starred in 5 shows in Wilde Lake's dramatic productions. 

Personal: Parents alumni of Ivy-League rival Brown.

 Why Yale: "The Bulldogs are on the rise and I want to be part of a team that overcomes the odds and does something amazing. That and the amazing academics."

Dillon Thompson

Best Times:

100 Backstroke:  51.52

200 Individual Medley:  1:51.87

400 Individual Medley:  4:01.34

Munster Swim Club                                    Coach:  Matt Lee

Before Yale: Olympic Trials Qualifier in the 400 Individual Medley (4:30.49)  Swam on the Varsity team for all 4 years at Munster, IN high school…was a captain senior year…2011 All American in the 200 I.M….2011 All State in the 200 I.M… 2011 Team MVP… 2010 All American in the 200 I.M…2009 Pride Hustle and Desire Award…2011 200 Medley Relay State Champion…2010 Team State Runner-Up… 2010 200 Medley Relay State Champions… 2010 400 Free Relay State Runner-Up… 2009 Team State Runner-Up…2009 200 Medley Relay  State Runner-Up. 

Personal: Enjoys running, reading, playing sports, spending time with friends…comes from a family of collegiate swimmers: Father Edward swam for Western Illinois, brother Dustin swam for Penn State, Brother Brandon swam for University of Pennsylvania, Brother Matt swam for New York University.

Why Yale: "I chose Yale because I really liked the guys on the team and the attitude of the coach.  I immediately felt like I fit in with them and was a part of the team."


Ronald Tsui

Best Times:

100 Breaststroke:  55.83

200 Breaststroke:  2:03.49

200 Individual Medley:  1:57.79

Peddie Aquatics                               Coach:  Greg Wriede

Before Yale: School Swimming Team Captain in 2009-10… 1st  in 100yard breaststroke Final (55.83) at "2011 Eastern Interscholastic Swimming and Diving Championships"…"Hugo Chan Memorial Scholarship for The Best All-Round Student in High School" …School Prefect in High School for 2 years…"The Yu Kam Wai Scholarships" for the Outstanding Athlete in 2007-08…Individual Champion in the 58th Hong Kong Schools Speech Festival…Champion in "The Hong Kong Youth Science and Technology Invention Competition…National rank 1st in Men 200m Breaststroke in Hong Kong (Long Course Season in 2009-10 & Short Course Season in 2010-11)…Held 12 Hong Kong Age Group / Junior / Inter-school Swimming Records in 50m, 100m, and 200m breaststroke… Member of Hong Kong National Swimming Squad since 2006…Achieved the B-finals in the 11th Pan Pacific Swimming Championships 2010, Irvine USA…Finalist in 8th Asian Swimming Championships, Foshan China...Finalist in 5th East Asian Games 2009…Finalist in 1st Asian Youth Games, Singapore.

Personal: Hobbies include reading and basketball…"City Volunteer" for Beijing Olympic Games 2008 working at the Beijing Olympic City Volunteer Service Station

Why Yale: "As a world-renowned research university, Yale is distinctive in its commitment to undergraduate teaching, and I am also impressed by the atmosphere of the swim team which is probably the closest and the most supportive I've ever seen."



Andy Wingerson

Best Times:

100 Backstroke:  51.93

200 Backstroke:  1:53.24

200 Individual Medley:  1:54.27

400 Individual Medley:  4:06.04

Bellevue Club Swim Team                                    Coach:  Andy Pym

Before Yale: Ran Cross Country and Track in addition to Swimming at Mercer Island High School…Captain of Bellevue Swim Team Senior Year… 2011 Mercer Island High School Scholar Athlete of the Year…State Ironman (2010 and 2011)…2011 USA Swimming Scholastic All-American…Bellevue Club Team Won State Championship four times (2008-2011)…National Champions in 2009. 

Personal: Will swim against former Mercer teammates Tyler Benster (Brown) and Taylor Siedel (Columbia) in Ivy League competition…Family friend Mary Kuder is a former Yale women's soccer captain…plans to major in the sciences.

Why Yale: "I chose Yale because of the rapidly expanding science department and for the social set-up of the residential colleges.