November 18, 2011

So Far, So Good: Bulldogs Follow Up Season-Opening Win with Strong Day One at Terrier Invitational

After beating Columbia 178-122 in its season opener, largely in part to strong swimming from what is quickly establishing itself as an extremely fast freshmen class, the Yale men's swimming and diving team showed that meet was no fluke, turning in a spectacular first day of competition at Boston University's Terrier Invitational.

The freshmen continued to propel the Bulldogs, grabbing wins in two of the day's three individual events and contributing to a first- and second-place finish in the day's two relays.

Freshmen Robby Harder and Alwin Firmansyah - both of whom had three wins against the Lions last week - were the day's victors in the 500-yard freestyle and 200-yard IM, respectively. With his time of 4:30.22 in the finals, Harder just edged out classmate Josh Ginsborg, who finished third in 4:33.32. Sophomore Mike Dominski took tenth (4:39.39).

Firmansyah (1:52.79) and another freshman, Andrew Heymann (1:53.55), tallied another 1-3 finish combination in the 200-yard IM, a race in which Bulldogs accounted for six of the top twelve spots. Yet another first-year Eli, Mike Lazris, took sixth (1:53.81), junior Jared Lovett finished tenth (1:55.96), and sophomore Danny McDermott was 11th (1:56.02) just touching out a fourth freshman, Dillon Thompson, who took 12th in 1:56.16.

Yale also impressed in the 50 freestyle. Though none of them took home the top spot, four Elis qualified for the top heat, finishing 5-8. Paschall Davis led the way (21.33), followed by junior Pat Killian (21.37), Heymann (22.02) and Firmansyah (23.61).

The day got off to a hot start for Yale, who finished second of eight different schools in the 200-yard freestyle relay. The quartet of Davis, Heymann, Firmansyah and Killian (1:23.13) finished just two-tenths of a second behind winner Boston University, but nearly a full second ahead of third-place finisher Boston College.

That set the tone for a day that followed suit, and culminated with a statement win in the 400-yard IM medley relay, which Harder, freshman Ronald Tsui, senior Goksu Bicer and Heymann won in 3:23.03.

The Bulldogs hope to build on one of their best performances at the Terrier Invitational, one of their hardest meets of the year, when the action continues Saturday in Boston.

Report filed by Chelsea Janes '12, Yale Sports Publicity