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Harder Impresses Again, Bulldogs in Fourth at Ivy League Championships

Mike Dominski. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)
Mike Dominski. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

PRINCETON, N.J. - After a school record-breaking performance in the 500-yard freestyle in his first day of Ivy League Championship competition ever, Yale freshman Rob Harder turned in another stellar performance, this time in the 1000-yard freestyle, to pace the Bulldogs Friday. Yale finished the day in fourth with 678.5 points. Columbia is just ahead of Elis with 715.5, while Princeton (1049.5) and Harvard (944) look poised to battle it out for the top spot yet again.

Harder swam the 1000-free in just 9:04.64, good for second overall in the event. Sophomore West Cuthbert's 9:27.98 also earned the Elis points in the grueling race, as he finished 18th overall. 

That event was the second of the day, however - the first was a strong third-place showing in the 200-yard medley relay. The Bulldog quartet of junior Mike Dominski, freshman Andrew Heymann, senior Goksu Bicer and sophomore Pat Killian turned in an NCAA 'B' cut time of 1:28.72. 

Freshman Mike Lazris continued the run of success for Bulldog newcomers with his fifth-place finish in the 400-yard IM. Lazris (3:53.64)was just touched out by Princeton's Caleb Tuten, though his time earned Yale yet another NCAA 'B' cut. Not far behind him was the Elis' versatile sophomore Danny McDermott, whose time of 3:59.19 was good for 13th. Junior Jared Lovett (4:03.46) took 19th. 

Next up was the 100-yard butterfly, and the Bulldogs dominated. Junior Mike Dominski (47.93) took fourth, and freshman Alwin Firmansyah sixth (48.28) - both B cut times. Senior Goksu Bicer gave Yale three swimmers in the top ten with his tenth-place finish in 48.74. Sophomore Paschall Davis, who finished 15th in 49.35, and senior Matt Boone, who took 21st in 49.77, made it five Eli point-winners in the race. 

Freshman Josh Ginsborg (10th) was the Bulldogs' top finisher in the 200-yard freestyle, which he completed in 1:38.38. Killian (18th) and Cuthbert (23rd) also earned points. 

Heymann came up big in the 100-yard breaststroke, giving the Elis yet another top-five finish and another 'B' cut with his fifth-place time of 52.32. McDermott (19th) and freshman Ronald Tsui (20th) also swam well, both bringing points to the Yale tally. 

A pair of Mikes - Lazris and Dominski - went 4-5 in the 100-yard backstroke, an impressive showing especially considering both tallied 'B' cut times. Dominski was also a part of the final event of the day - the 800-yard freestyle relay - where he teamed with Ginsborg, Killian and Harder to take fourth in a 'B' cut time of 6:32.72. 

The Bulldogs will look to leapfrog Columbia into third Saturday, the final day of the championship meet. 

Report filed by Chelsea Janes '12, Yale Sports Publicity.