Heymann and Hogan Break Records, Boost Bulldogs

Brian Hogan gets congratulated after breaking the pool and meet record in the 1650.

Sophomore Brian Hogan smashes school/pool records in 200, 1,650-yard freestyle

Junior Andrew Heymann breaks own record in 100-yard breaststroke

NEW HAVEN, Conn.- Junior Andrew Heymann and Sophomore Brian Hogan both set Yale records as the men's swimming and diving team opened competition against Harvard and Princeton on Friday night to the greatest success they have had against these opponents in years. Hogan burst onto the national swimming scene with the fourth fastest 1650-yard freestyle race in the NCAA this season.

The Bulldogs' opponents remain within their reach through ten events; they trail the Crimson, 105-81, and the Tigers, 110-76. They have already surpassed their point totals at the 2013 HYP meet.
 
In the final heat of the 200-yard freestyle, junior Rob Harder and Hogan set the tone for the rest of the night. Seeded 7th and 10th, respectively, they swam the two fastest 200-freestyle races in Yale's history and beat all of their competitors. Cheered on by the roaring crowd at Kiphuth, Hogan won the race in 1:35.72, beating his personal best by 4.84 and smashing a school record set by George Gleason '01 that had stood for 12 years. Harder finished in 1:36.69, also ahead of Gleason's record. Both races were NCAA "B" cuts.
 
Heymann added another win to Yale's total in the 100-yard breaststroke and broke his own school record in the event. He fought off Princeton's Byron Sandborn on the final lap to finish first with a time of 54.91. The race also gave Heymman a NCAA "B" cut.
 
Heymann claimed his second victory and his first pool record of the night in an exciting 200-yard IM. After establishing a lead in the first three strokes, he powered through the freestyle to edge out Princeton's Teo D'Allesandro by .25. His time of 1:49.71 was another NCAA "B" cut.
 
The relatively slow pace of the 1,650-yard freestyle lulled the Kiphuth crowd at first, but before long it became clear that Hogan was in the middle of a historic race. Loud applause followed the display of his 50-yard splits on the scoreboard (all of them were under 28 seconds). On his final lap he sprinted into touchpad and stopped the clock at 14:53.36, 52.44 faster than his seeded time. He beat the Yale record by 13.43 and the Kiphuth Pool record by nearly as much. Only three NCAA swimmers have recorded a faster time this season, according to collegeswimming.com. While Hogan was the star of the race, his teammates, freshman Ben Lerude and Harder also gained NCAA "B" cuts with their second and seventh place finishes.
 
Yale's success went beyond the events it won. In the 200-yard freestyle relay, the Bulldogs' A-team of freshman Aaron Greenberg, sophomores Oscar Miao and Victor Zhang and senior Pat Killian took third place with a time of 1:21.29. Harvard won the race in 1:19.21, breaking a Kiphuth Exhibition Pool record from 2008.
 
Senior Tyler Pramer began his final home meet with a strong performance in the 3-meter dive. His tally of 304.95 points put him in fifth place. Sophomore James McNelis and freshman Anthony Mercadante placed sixth and eighth.
 
In the 100-yard backstroke, junior Mike Lazris gave the top swimmers from Harvard and Princeton a run for first place, but finished fifth with a time of 48.75. Princeton's En-Wei Hu-Van Wright time of 48.21 broke another Kiphuth pool record.
 
Junior Alwin Firmansyah came painfully close to continuing Yale's winning trend in the 200-yard butterfly. After leading the final heat for nearly the entire race, he could not quite fend off a strong push by Harvard's Jacob Luna and Princeton's Oliver Bennett. With his time of 1:47.82, he beat his season best and got an NCAA "B" cut.
 

The Crimson and the Tigers maximized their advantage in the 50-freestyle to take the top six spots, but the Bulldogs' freshmen still put significant points on the board. Greenberg and Miao finished seventh and ninth.

In the 400-yard medley relay, Lazris, Heymann, Firmansyah and Zhang swam to a third place finish. Harvard edged out Princeton by .18 in the exciting conclusion of the first half of the meet.  

Competition resumes Saturday at noon. Live results will continue to be posted at swimmeetresults.com

-Report by Josh Mandell '16
 

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