Elis' Depth Aids Victory
PHILADELPHIA – The Yale men's swimming and diving team defeated Dartmouth and Penn on Saturday at Sheer Pool in Philadelphia. In the most competitive meet of the season thus far, Yale defeated Dartmouth 154.50 to 145.50. Yale defeated Penn 176 to 124.
Junior Tyler Pramer and freshman James McNelis started the Elis with strong showings in the diving well. Pramer finished first in the 3-meter and second in the 1-meter event. McNelis placed third in the 3-meter and fourth in the 1-meter.
The Elis opened the swimming with a showcase of their depth in the 200-yard medley relay. Yale teams placed second, fourth, and sixth in the event.
Freshman Victor Zhang provided the first victory in the pool Saturday, winning the 200-yard freestyle. Zhang is only one of many talented freshmen on the roster to make an influence on this season's results.
The Elis picked up where Zhang left off with a strong showing in the 100-yard backstroke. Sophomore Mike Lazris placed first. Senior Mike Dominski placed fourth and freshman Kevin Stang placed fifth. Stang and Lazris placed first and second in the 200-yard backstroke later Saturday afternoon.
Yale provided a similar finish in the next race, the 100-yard breaststroke. Sophomore Andrew Heymann placed second. Sophomore Ronald Tsui and freshman Danny McDermott placed fourth and fifth, respectively.
The Bulldogs about wrapped the meet up with the 200-yard butterfly. Yale swept the podium with sophomore Alwin Firmansyah placing first, senior captain Jared Lovett placing second and freshman Jake Goldstein placing third.
Yale would hold on to victory despite the efforts of Dartmouth's Nejc Zupan. Zupan, the Slovenian junior, won four events.
Yale's next meet is against Rutgers, Fordham and Rider in Piscataway, N.J. on Saturday Jan. 26th. Events begin at 10:30 a.m. EST.
Report by Charles Tuggle '14, Yale Publicity