Bulldogs Jump Out to Early Lead at Bucknell Invitational

Rob Harder. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)
Rob Harder. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

Firmansyah wins 200-Yard Individual Medley, Also Part of Win in 200-Yard Freestyle Relay

LEWISBURG, Pa. – Friday night the Yale men's swimming and diving team took the lead after one day of competition at the Bucknell Invitational. The three-day meet started Friday morning and concludes Sunday evening. The Elis sit in first place after scoring a total of 453 points. Seven teams are competing at the Bucknell Invitational. The meet's host, Bucknell, trails Yale by 78 points.

The men started the first day of finals off strongly with a first and 13th place finish in the 200-yard freestyle relay. The first-place team consisting of junior Paschall Davis, sophomores Alwin Firmansyah and Andrew Heymann and junior Pat Killian finished with a time of 1:23.60 just out touching Bucknell's team by the slim margin of .26 seconds.

The Elis followed up their relay finishes with a showing in the 500-yard freestyle that exhibited the team's depth this year. Sophomore Rob Harder placed second with a time of 4:31.72. New additions to this year's roster, freshmen William Yang, Brian Hogan and Victor Zhang placed third, sixth and ninth, respectively.  Rounding out this depth was senior Mike Dominski, who finished 20th.

First-place finishers from the 200-yard freestyle relay, Firmansyah and Heymann continued their winning ways, finishing first and second in the 200-yard individual medley. Sophomore Mike Lazris nearly joined his teammates on the medal stand with a fourth-place finish.

The next event for the men was the 50-yard freestyle sprint. Heymann and Firmansyah finished seventh and eighth. The other two members of the winning 200-yard freestyle relay, Davis and Killian, placed 14th and 17th.

The last swimming event of the day was the 400-yard freestyle relay. Yale's 'A' team, consisting of Lazris, Killian, junior Ed Becker and sophomore Ronald Tsui placed fourth with a time of 3:25.21, just .79 seconds behind Delaware's winning team. 

The men's diving team was very successful in the 1-meter final, earning 56 points for the team. Junior Tyler Pramer placed first with a score of 292.20. Newcomer freshman James McNelis placed sixth with a score of 257.05.

Thanks to a combination of depth and strong individual performances Friday night, the Elis head into tomorrow's events hoping to maintain their lead. Robert J.H. Kiphuth Head Coach Tim Wise was satisfied with the team's effort Friday saying; "We had good energy and enthusiasm tonight. Our hope is to carry tonight's momentum into tomorrow morning's session."

The second day of racing at the Bucknell Invitational starts Saturday at 10:00 a.m. EST.


Report by Charles Tuggle '14, Yale Sports Publicity