Yale Maintains Fourth Place at Ivy League Championships

Mike Lazris. (photo by Tom Lynam '13, Yale Sports Publicity)
Mike Lazris. (photo by Tom Lynam '13, Yale Sports Publicity)

Harder Wins His Second Event in 1000-Yard Freestyle

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The Yale men's swimming and diving team maintained its hold on fourth place after the second day of the Ivy League Swimming and Diving Championships on Friday. Princeton is in first place with 972 points, followed by Harvard with 949 points. Columbia holds on to third place with 756 points with Yale right behind at 719.5 points.

The first event of Friday's finals was the 200-yard medley relay. Yale's team, featuring senior Mike Dominski, sophomores Alwin Firmansyah and Andrew Heymann, and junior Paschall Davis, finished in sixth place with a time of 1:29.61. Penn squeezed past Yale to claim fifth-place with a time of 1:29.44.  Princeton won the event with a time of 1:26.25. 

The next final of the second day was the 1000-yard freestyle. Sophomore Rob Harder, who won the 500-yard freestyle on Thursday, won the event in a time of 9:01.36, a new Katherine Moran Aquatics Center pool record. In a tight race, Harder held on to defeat Penn's Chris Swanson. Freshman Brian Hogan finished in fourth place. Freshman William Yang finished in 19th place and junior Ed Becker finished in 25th place.

Dartmouth's Nejc Zupan won his second event of the Ivy League Championships in the 400-yard individual medley. Sophomore Mike Lazris finished in seventh-place with a time of 3:55.51. Yale earned a total of 68.5 points in the event, helping the team move into third place in the team rankings. Freshmen Kevin Stang, Kendrick McDonald and Jake Goldstein finished in ninth, 13th and 18th place, respectively. Junior Danny McDermott and senior captain Jared Lovett wrapped up the Elis strong showing with 22nd and 23rd place finishes. 

Yale increased its lead over Columbia for third place in the 100-yard butterfly final. Dominski finished in third-place with a time of 47.82. Dominski's time met the NCAA 'B' qualifying standard. Firmansyah and Davis finished in 13th and 15th place. Brown's Tommy Glenn won the event in a pool record time of 45.80. Through ten events, Yale held on to third place by 16.5 points.

The 200-yard freestyle final was next. Junior Pat Killian, Becker and freshman Victor Zhang finished in 15th, 16th and 17th place.  Harvard's Chris Satterthwaite won the event. Columbia took advantage of Dominik Koll and John Wright III's second and third place finishes to regain the third-place team ranking. 

Heymann finished ninth in the 100-yard breaststroke final. Heymann's time of 55.29 was good enough to meet the NCAA 'B' cut. Sophomore Ronald Tsui finished in 11th place. Goldstein, McDonald and McDermott finished in 18th, 21st and 22nd place. Harvard's Chuck Katis won the event.

Dominski added another third-place finish in the 100-yard backstroke final, out touching Columbia's Omar Arafa by one one-hundredth of a second. Dominski finished in 48.02, which meets the NCAA 'B' qualifying standard. Lazris finished in tenth place and Stang finished in 14th place. Princeton's Michael Strand won the penultimate event. 

The last race of the evening was the 800-yard freestyle relay. Yale's team consisting of Harder, Hogan, Zhang and Dominski finished in fourth place with a time of 6:32.38. Princeton won the relay with a time of 6:26.87.

Yale trails third-place Columbia by 36.5 points heading into Saturday, the last day of the Ivy League Swimming and Diving Championships.

Preliminaries for Saturday begin at 11 a.m. EST and finals begin at 6 p.m. in Providence.

Report by Charles Tuggle, Yale Sports Publicity.