Bulldogs Best Terriers In Boston

Rob Harder. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

BOSTON-The Yale men's swimming and diving team defeated Boston University on Saturday in a dual meet at the BU Aquatics Center. The team won 11 events in its 186-114 victory.

The Bulldogs set things in motion by taking first place in the 200-yard medley relay. The winning team of juniors Mike Lazris, Andrew Heymann, Alwin Firmansyah and freshman Aaron Greenberg finished with a time of  1:31.70.

Freshman Ben Lerude and sophomores William Yang and Brian Hogan took the top three spots in the 1000-yard freestyle. Lerude finished the race in 9:29.46, 22 seconds ahead of his closest competitor from BU.

Yale claimed another 1-2-3 finish in the next event, the 200-yard freestyle, when junior Rob Harder, Hogan and sophomore Victor Zhang all finished in close succession.  Harder won the race in 1:40.04.

The Terriers countered with wins in the 100-yard backstroke and 100-yard breaststroke. But the Bulldogs then added to their lead, as Firmansyah and Lerude took first and second in the 200-yard butterfly. Firmansyah won with a time of 1:49.28.

Greenberg and freshman Oscar Miao joined Lerude in demonstrating the strength of Yale's class of 2017 by taking first and second in the 50-yard freestyle. Greenberg broke 21 seconds for the second time this season with his 20.90 finish.

Yale's swimmers looked on as senior Tyler Pramer turned in an excellent performance to win the 1-meter dive. He was awarded 293.02 points. Freshman Anthony Mercadante placed second with 263.77 points.

After the diving, Harder won the 100-yard freestyle, his second victory of the day. He finished in 45.73. Greenberg took second with a time of 46.74. Harder's strong swims against BU indicated that his transition from longer events to sprinting is going smoothly.

In the 200-yard backstroke, sophomore Kevin Stang pulled ahead of BU's Connor Stuewe in the second half of the race to give the Bulldogs another first place finish. Stang, who finished the race in 1:50.37, has won a backstroke event in his last two meets.

Heymann won the 200-yard breaststroke, and beat his previous best time this season by .13. He finished the race in 2:01.50, more than five seconds ahead of his closest competitor.

Hogan, Yang and Lerude swam to a 1-2-3 finish in the 500-yard freestyle. Hogan's time of 4:32.40 was a season best that came in the middle of a challenging set of events. He swam a combined total of 1700 yards in his four events on Saturday.         

Firmansyah had the fastest time in the 100-yard butterfly race, which he swam as an exhibition race. Yale did not compete against any BU divers in the 3-meter event. Pramer won the 3-meter as well with a score of 305.62. Heymann and Harder were the first two swimmers to finish the 200-IM, which they also swam as an exhibition race. BU won the 400-yard freestyle relay to end the meet, but Yale's strong performance throughout the afternoon had already assured them a victory.

Tim Wise, the Robert J. H. Kiphuth Director of Men's Swimming, said he was pleased with how his team swam against BU.

"We have continued to progress week to week - meet to meet. I was impressed with the number of season best times we were able to swim," Wise said. "We have a month to get healthy and buckle down for the 2nd half of the season. Today was a good day for Yale."

The swimmers and divers return to Yale today to study for their final exams. The team's next competition will be a home meet against Cornell from Jan. 7-8.

Report by Josh Mandell '16