Bulldogs in Big Apple for Columbia Meet

Tyler Pramer. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)
Tyler Pramer. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

NEW HAVEN, Conn.- The Yale men's swimming and diving team will travel to New York City on Saturday to face Columbia, its first Ivy League opponent of the season. The Bulldogs and Lions will go head-to-head in Uris Pool at the Dodge Physical Fitness Center. The meet is scheduled to begin at 5:00 p.m.          

Last November, Yale defeated Columbia 170-130 at the Robert J. H. Kiphuth exhibition pool. Alwin Firmansyah and Andrew Heymann, now both juniors, were the leading individual scorers at the meet, each winning three events.          

The Bulldogs have won their last two dual meets against the Lions, but Columbia edged out Yale for third place at the Ivy League Swimming and Diving Championships last season. Saturday's meet should be an exciting matchup between two evenly matched and fiercely competitive teams.

Yale opened its season last Friday with a 210-88 victory over Southern Connecticut State. The Elis won 11 of 14 swimming events, and senior Tyler Pramer took first place in the 1-meter and 3-meter dives. The team's freshmen contributed significantly in their Yale debut. 

"We had some strong performances against SCSU but we can't afford to dwell on last week's meet," team captain Ed Becker said. "By now, everyone's focus has turned to Columbia and what we'll have to do to win that meet."

Report filed by Josh Mandell '16