November 23, 2013

Yale Moves Into First at Bucknell Invitational

LEWISBURG, Pa.- After a tense start to Saturday's finals, the Yale men's swimming and diving team found its rhythm and ended the second day of the Bucknell Invitational in first place. Yale's 2-day total of 934.5 points is 73 points ahead of its closest competitor, Bucknell.

 The Bulldogs got off to a rough start in Saturday's finals when their A-team in the 200-yard medley relay was disqualified for a false start. Luckily, the B-team stepped up and finished in fourth place with a time of 1:33.90. Sophomore Kevin Stang, junior Ronald Tsui, senior captain Ed Becker, and freshman Oscar Miao beat their relay's seed time by 2.79 seconds.
 
Junior Andrew Heymann was Yale's top finisher in the 400-individual medley, tying for third place with a time of 3:59.80. Sophomores Brian Hogan and Stang took fifth and sixth place, respectively. Freshmen Alex Goss and Ben Lerude and senior Andy Wingerson also scored points in the race. Even with Yale's strong showing in the event, Bucknell managed to stretch out their lead to 43.5 points with a 1-2-7 finish.
 
But the Bulldogs were about to begin a string of victories that would put them ahead of Bucknell. With a 49.56 finish in the 100-yard butterfly, junior Alwin Firmansyah became the first Eli to win an individual event this weekend. Junior Mike Lazris took third place and Becker took seventh in the event. Becker recorded a best time in Saturday's 100-yard butterfly prelims with a 50.79 finish, and nearly equaled it in the final with a time of 50.83. Freshmen Aaron Greenberg and Alex Schultz also scored points in the final.
 
Junior Rob Harder claimed another victory for Yale in the 200-yard freestyle, finishing in 1:39.79. Hogan followed close behind, taking third place with a time of 1:42.01. Sophomores William Yang and Victor Zhang contributed points with their respective ninth and 16th place finishes in the event.
 
Heymann won the 100-yard breaststroke with a 56.63 finish. He was one of five Yale swimmers in the event that placed in the top 16 and scored double-digit points. The others were Goss, senior Danny McDermott, sophomore Kendrick McDonald, freshman Nick Sehlinger and Tsui. After the 100-yard breaststroke, Yale was in first place with 781 points, and Bucknell in second with 761.5.
 
Even without a first place finish, the Bulldogs dominated the 100-yard backstroke. Schultz, Lazris and Stang took second, fourth and sixth place, respectively. Greenberg took ninth, making him Yale's fourth swimmer in the top ten. Wingerson also scored points with a 21st place finish. 
 
The Eli's capped off Saturday with a win in the 800-yard freestyle relay. The A-team of Hogan, Heymann, Zhang and Harder finished the race in 6:45.82. Again, Yale's B-team smashed their seed time and swam to a fourth place finish. Becker, Yang, senior Pat Killian and Schultz finished with a time of 6:53.28, much faster than their 7:10.60 seed.
 
The Eli's will try to secure first place at the Bucknell Invitational with strong performances in the meet's final events on Sunday. Live results will be posted at http://www.bucknellbison.com/fls/32100/live_stats/swim/13bucknellinvite/index.htm .

Report by Josh Mandell '16