Yale Looks to Repeat at Bucknell Invitational

(photo courtesy The Ivy League/Ryan Samson)

NEW HAVEN, Conn.- A week after a 153-147 defeat at Columbia University in New York City, the Yale men's swimming and diving team will travel to a very different locale for the Bucknell Invitational. The Bulldogs will take to the pool Nov. 22-24 at the Kinney Natatorium in Lewisburg, Pa., population 5,620. The three-day Invitational follows the same trial/final format as the Ivy League championship meet.

 "The Bucknell Invitational will give the guys a great opportunity to get a feel for what that meet is like and gauge where they are in their training," said Tim Wise, the Robert J. H. Kiphuth Director of Men's Swimming.
 
Yale will be competing against teams from eight universities from around the mid-Atlantic region. Along with the host Bucknell, The Bulldogs will race Binghamton, Delaware, Fordham, Georgetown, La Salle, Penn State and Susquehanna. Former Yale swimmer Dave Schinnerer '01 is the head coach of the Bucknell swimming and diving team.
 
Yale took first place at last year's Bucknell Invitational. The team finished with 1,550 points, well ahead of runner-up Bucknell's 1,191. Current junior Alwin Firmansyah won three individual races and swam in three winning relays.
 
While close losses in the relays kept the Elis from winning at Columbia on Nov. 16, many Yale swimmers had standout performances at the meet that they will try to build on at the Bucknell Invitational. Junior Andrew Heymann won all three of his individual events at Columbia, and junior Rob Harder and sophomore Brian Hogan each won two.
The 2013 Bucknell Invitational kicks off Friday with preliminary racing starting at 10 a.m. Finals are scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. Live results will be posted after every heat of the three-day meet at http://www.bucknellbison.com/fls/32100/live_stats/swim/13bucknellinvite/index.htm .
 

Report by Josh Mandell '16