Elis End Day One at Bucknell in Second Place

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

LEWISBURG, Pa.- The Yale men's swimming and diving team finished its first day of competition at the Bucknell Invitational in a virtual deadlock. The host team, Bucknell, ended the day with 425.5 points, barely ahead of Yale's first-day total of 422.5 points.

Yale opened Friday's finals with a second-place finish in the 200-yard freestyle relay. Freshman Aaron Greenberg, junior Alwin Firmansyah, freshman Oscar Miao and junior Andrew Heymann finished with a time of 1:22.82, and scored 44 points.

In the 500-yard freestyle, junior Rob Harder, sophomore Brian Hogan and sophomore William Yang finished third, fourth and sixth, respectively. They collectively brought in 77 points.

The Bulldogs were even more successful in the 200-yard individual medley. Heymann, Firmansyah and junior Mike Lazris finished third, fourth and fifth, respectively. They put 81 points on the scoreboard with these three consecutive finishes.

In the 50-yard freestyle, Greenberg brought in 26 points with his fourth place finish. Miao, Firmansyah, and sophomore Victor Zhang also swam in the race. Together, these four swimmers scored 59.5 points in the 50-yard freestyle.

The Elis won the 400-yard medley relay with a time of 3:20.70, adding 52.5 points to Yale's score. Three juniors—Lazris in backstroke, Heymann in breaststroke and Firmansyah in butterfly—built up a lead in the first 300 yards of the race, and sophomore Zhang sealed the win with a 45.68 freestyle leg.

The Bulldogs finished up the first day of meet with the 3-meter diving finals. Having more divers compete in the finals than any other team gave Yale a major boost. Senior Tyler Pramer, Sophomore James McNelis and freshman Anthony Mercadante placed second, fifth and sixth, respectively. Together they scored 77 points, 18 more than their closest competitor, Penn State.

Saturday will be an even busier day of competition for the Bulldogs, with eight swimming and diving events on tap. Preliminary races will start at 10:00 a.m. Live results will be posted at http://www.bucknellbison.com/fls/32100/live_stats/swim/13bucknellinvite/index.htm for the duration of the meet.


Report by Josh Mandell '16