February 27, 2014

Yale Ends First Day at Ivy's in Fourth Place

CAMBRIDGE, Mass.- The Yale men's swimming and diving team ended the first day of the Ivy League Swimming and Diving Championships in fourth place with 243 points on Thursday night. Harvard leads the field with 505 points, followed by Princeton with 400 and Penn with 315.

The 500-yard freestyle was Yale's most successful race on the opening day. Sophomore Brian Hogan took second place with a time of 4:19.53, just short of the Yale record set by junior Rob Harder at last year's championship meet. Harder finished fifth with a time of 4:22.56. Together, Harder and Hogan scored 53 points in the event. Earlier in the day, senior captain Ed Becker placed 25th in the 500-free prelims and barely missed qualifying for finals.  
 
Thursday was marked by strong performances from seasoned upperclassmen and from freshmen competing  in their first championship meet. Freshmen Oscar Miao and Aaron Greenberg both raced in the 200-yard freestyle relay that opened  finals. The relay team of Greenberg, Miao, junior Alwin Firmansyah and sophomore Victor Zhang finished sixth with a time of 1:20.49. The Crimson's winning relay set a Blodgett Pool record of 1:17.94.
 
Firmansyah led the way for the Bulldogs in the 200-yard IM, finishing eighth with a time of 1:48.56. Junior Andrew Heymann's time of 1:48.38 was good for 14th place. Their swims added 35 points to Yale's total.
 
Greenberg had a breakout swim in the 50-yard freestyle— he was the only freshman in the conference to place in the top ten. Greenberg recorded a lifetime best of 20.26 in his ninth place finish.
 
At his last championship meet, senior Tyler Pramer reaffirmed his status as an elite Ivy League diver. He took fifth place in the 1-meter dive with a score of 311.70 and brought in 25 points for his team.
 
Thursday's competition ended with the 400-yard medley relay. Yale's relay team, featuring junior Mike Lazris, Heymann, Firmansyah and Zhang, finished seventh in 3:15.33. The Crimson set a meet record with its winning time of 3:10.42.
 
The Bulldogs are poised to gain ground on their rivals on Friday. It will be a busy day for Hogan, who is seeded second in the 400-yard IM and the 200-yard freestyle and has the top seed in the 1000-yard freestyle. Heymann, seeded second in the 100-yard breaststroke, will try to avenge a close loss to Dartmouth senior Nejc Zupan at Kiphuth Pool this January. He is also entered in the 400 IM. Firmansyah and Lazris both have top ten seeds in the 100-yard butterfly, and Lazris is seeded second in the 100-yard backstroke. Pramer will finish his Yale career when he competes in the 3-meter dive.
 

Prelims begin at 11:00 a.m, followed by finals at 6:00 p.m.

A full meet schedule can be viewed at:

http://www.ivyleaguesports.com/championships/mswimdive/2013-14/schedule.pdf .

 The Ivy League will be streaming live video of the meet at:  http://www.ivyleaguedigitalnetwork.com . 

Fans can also view live results here:

http://www.meetresults.com/2014/ivies/results.shtml .

 

- Report by Josh Mandell '16 

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