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Hogan Breaks Record, Bulldogs End Ivy's Second Day in Fifth

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

Brian Hogan breaks Ivy's record in the 1,000-yard freestyle.

Yale is 20 points behind fourth place Columbia

CAMBRIDGE, Mass.- Yale ended the second day of the Ivy League Swimming and Diving Championships in fifth place. Friday's swimming was highlighted by a record-breaking first place finish by sophomore Brian Hogan. With 632 points, Yale is 156 points ahead of sixth place Dartmouth, and just 20 points behind Columbia. Harvard, Princeton and Penn currently hold the top three spots with 1,011, 929 and 723 points, respectively.

Friday's finals began with the 200-yard-medley relay. Yale's relay team of juniors Mike Lazris,   Andrew Heymann and Alwin Firmansyah and freshman Aaron Greenberg finished fifth in 1:28.98. Princeton's winning time of 1:27.16 was a Blodgett Pool record.

Hogan won the 1,000-yard freestyle and set a meet record of 8:52.88. Hogan launched into the race at a blistering pace, completing the first 200 yards in 1:42.81. His fast start helped him fend off a late charge from Penn sophomore Chris Swanson, who finished the race just .14 behind Hogan. With two more seasons ahead of them, Friday's race could mark the start of a great rivalry between the two Ivy League standouts. Freshman Ben Lerude also made a major contribution by finishing fourth and scoring 26 points. 

Yale would go on to have a top five finisher in the next four events. In the 400-yard IM, sophomore Kevin Stang placed third with a time of 3:50.22, an improvement on his ninth place finish at last year's championship meet. Lazris finished fourth in the 100-yard butterfly with a time of 47.77, successfully filling the void left by Yale record holder Mike Dominski '13 after he graduated last year. Firmansyah was close behind in sixth place, with a time of 47.95.

In the 200-yard freestyle, junior Rob Harder secured a fourth place finish with a time of 1:36.96. He powered through the last 50 yards in 24.53. Only the winner, Harvard senior Chris Satterthwaite, went faster on the last 50. Yale sophomore Victor Zhang scored 11 points with a 16th place finish in the event.

Heymann took fifth place in the 100-yard breaststroke with a time of 54.68. Junior Ronald Tsui finished tenth in 55.28. Dartmouth senior Nejc Zupan won the event with a time of 53.52, breaking a Blodgett pool record that had stood for 34 years.

Yale didn't crack the top ten in the 100-yard backstroke, but a trio of Elis scored crucial points in the event. Stang and Greenberg both finished in 49.54, joining Brown junior Alexander Pascal in a three-way tie for 11th place. Lazris finished 14th. Together, the three Yale swimmers scored 43 points.

The Bulldogs finished competition on Friday with their most successful relay of the meet thus far. The team of Hogan, Harder, Lerude and Zhang took third place in the 800-yard freestyle relay, finishing in 6:34.69. Harvard won the race in 6:29.12, a pool record.

The 2014 Ivy League champion will be crowned on Saturday after seven more events, and the Bulldogs will leave it all in the pool as they fight to move up in the conference standings. The 3-meter dive was rescheduled to Saturday, and Senior Tyler Pramer will be watched anxiously by his teammates as he finishes his Yale career with what are perhaps the most important dives of his life. Hogan will probably swim the 1,650 yard freestyle, which has become his signature event.

The final event of the meet will be the 400-yard freestyle relay. With the score against Columbia so close, Yale could easily find itself in another winner-takes-all situation against the Lions, who defeated the Bulldogs in their November dual meet by winning the last relay. Yale's swimmers would certainly relish the opportunity, but they will, as usual, focus on one race at a time to achieve the best possible results.

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

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- Report by Josh Mandell '16