Harvard, Princeton Too Much For Young Bulldogs

Danny McDermott. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)
Danny McDermott. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - The Yale men's swimming and diving team suffered its first losses of the year Saturday, falling to both Harvard and Princeton in the two-day meet in Cambridge. There were bright spots for the Bulldogs, however, who followed up a flurry of strong showings in Friday's action with a similar spread of success Saturday. 

Freshman Alwin Firmansyah built on his impressive win in the 200-yard butterfly Friday with a fourth-place showing in Saturday's 100-yard fly (49.52). That was one of several top-ten showings on the day for the Elis. 

Senior Goksu Bicer was responsible for Yale's first top-ten placing with his time of 45.85 in the 100-yard freestyle, good for ninth. Sophomore Pashall Davis (46.12) finished close behind in 11th. 

Three Bulldogs cracked the top ten in the 200-yard backstroke, led by freshman Mike Lazris (1:51.88) in seventh. Senior Matt Boone took ninth (1:57.76), while sophomore Jared Lovett bested freshman Andy Wingerson (11th) in 1:58.60 for tenth. 

Bicer (49.75) and junior Mike Dominski (50.33) finished sixth and tenth, respectively in the 100-yard fly to back up Firmansyah's fourth-place finish and give Yale three in the top ten yet again. 

Freshman Robby Harder turned in the best Bulldog finish of the day with his third-place swim in the 500-yard freestyle (4:29.51). His classmate Josh Ginsborg also raced well, grabbing ninth (4:35.30). 

Sophomore Danny McDermott, whose 11th-place finish made him Yale's top finisher in the first individual event of the day -- the 400-yard IM -- touched out freshman teammate Ronald Tsui for ninth in the 200-yard backstroke (2:09.24 and 2:09.42, respectively). Freshman Andrew Heymann was the fastest Yalie in that event, however, taking seventh in just 2:04.77. 

Sophomore Tyler Pramer was outstanding in the 3-meter diving event, grabbing third overall with a score of 326.90. Pramer was also the Bulldogs' highest finisher in the 1-meter event Saturday. 

Yale hopes to rebound as they take on Brown in Providence on Feb. 11. That will be the Elis' final action before the Ivy League Championships -- where they will get another shot at Harvard and Princeton -- Mar. 1-3 at Princeton. 

Report filed by Chelsea Janes '12, Yale Sports Publicity