Bulldogs Swim to Victory Over Fordham, Rider

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

PISCATAWAY, N.J.- The Yale men's swimming and diving team cruised past the Fordham Rams and the Rider Broncs on Saturday, extending their undefeated streak that began at the Bucknell Invitational three months earlier. Yale beat Fordham 205-93 and Rider 209-90. The Broncs edged out the Rams, 160-135. 

The Bulldogs' meet was capped by wins in both relays. Juniors Mike Lazris and Andrew Heymann and seniors Danny Clarke and Pat Killian finished the 200-yard medley relay in 1:35.07. In the 400-yard freestyle relay, freshman Aaron Greenberg, sophomore Victor Zhang, junior Rob Harder and Killian held off another Yale relay for first place with a time of 3:04.77.
 
The Yale divers contributed to the team's victory with strong performances in the 1-meter and 3-meter dives. Senior Tyler Pramer won both events with scores of 318.95 and 310.35, respectively. Sophomore James McNelis placed third in the 1-meter and second in the 3-meter, and freshman Anthony Mercadante was just behind McNelis in both events.
 
The depth of Yale's roster was evident in the individual swimming events. Sophomore Brian Hogan won the 1000-yard freestyle for the fourth time this season. Heymann had a chance to display his freestyle talents with a 1:42.01 first-place finish in the 200-yard freestyle.
Lazris and Harder won the 100 and 200-yard backstroke races, respectively. Junior Ronald Tsui was the only Eli to win two individual swimming events, with victories in the 100 and 200-yard breaststroke. Junior Alwin Firmansyah won the 200-yard butterfly with a time of 1:48.82, his fastest since the meet at Columbia on Nov. 16.

Tim Wise, the Robert J. H. Kiphuth Director of Men's Swimming and Diving, said that the high quality of the Rutgers facility and their competition made for a good meet. 

"We swam a few season best times and some guys got to swim some events they don't get to very often," Wise said. "The meet between Fordham and Rider was extremely close and that energy pushed our guys to race at a higher level." 

Yale's next meet is against its Ivy League archrivals, Harvard and Princeton. It will be the last home meet for Yale's senior swimmers and divers. Competition begins at 6 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 31 at the Robert J.H. Kiphuth Exhibition Pool. 

-Report by Josh Mandell '16

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