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Elis Defeat Brown, Conclude Regular Season

(Photo by Don Clark, Yale Sports Publicity)
(Photo by Don Clark, Yale Sports Publicity)

PROVIDENCE, R.I.- The Yale men's swimming and diving team ended its regular season with a 175-125 win against Brown on Saturday afternoon. The victory brought Yale's Ivy League record to 4-3 for the season, and its overall record to 9-3.

The Bears made it a close meet, winning six events, including the 200-yard medley relay to start the meet. But the Bulldogs kept them at bay by dominating their strongest events and pushing themselves to pick up crucial points in those that they did not win.

Juniors Rob Harder and Andrew Heymann each won two individual events. Harder won the 200-yard freestyle with a time of 1:40.53, followed closely by sophomore Victor Zhang in second place. Harder also won the 200-yard backstroke. His winning time of 1:47.92 was more than two seconds faster than his nearest competitor. He also swam on the winning freestyle relay team with freshmen Aaron Greenberg and Oscar Miao and Zhang.

Heymann won the 200-yard breaststroke with a time of 1:59.43. Yale swimmers took three of the top four spots, thanks to fast races by freshman Alex Goss, who placed second, and senior Danny McDermott, who placed fourth. Heymann led a similarly successful charge in the 200-yard IM. He and junior Alwin Firmansyah took first and second, while McDermott swam to another fourth place finish.

Freshman Ben Lerude and sophomore Brian Hogan placed first and second in the 1000-yard freestyle, and then traded places in the 500, which Hogan won with a time of 4:29.93. Lerude also placed second in the 200-yard butterfly.

Senior diver Tyler Pramer racked up high point totals to win the 1 and 3-meter dives. His score of 321.91 was more than 50 points ahead of the second place finisher. Brown's Billy Rosenberg challenged him in the 3-meter dive, but Pramer won with a score of 332.33.

Saturday's meet was Yale's last competition before the all-important Ivy League Championship. Tim Wise, the Robert J. H. Kiphuth Director of Men's Swimming and Diving, said that his team is excited to prepare for that final challenge.

"The whole team has trained incredibly hard this season, and we've already seen some of that work pay off," Wise said.  "We had a successful regular season. Now we have to stay focused and do everything we can to swim our best races at the championship meet."

The Ivy League Championship Meet  will be held from Feb. 27-Mar. 1. at Blodgett Pool in Cambridge, Mass.

-Report by Josh Mandell '16