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Bulldogs Ready for HYP Meet

Bulldogs Ready for  HYP Meet

NEW HAVEN, Conn.- The Yale men's swimming and diving team will travel to Boston on Saturday, Jan. 31 to face Harvard and Princeton over two days of competition.

Harvard, Princeton and Yale are all undefeated against Ivy League opponents this season. Although the Bulldogs continue to focus on preparing for the Ivy League Swimming and Diving Championships, the annual meet against the Crimson and the Tigers is always a much-anticipated event.

"It really is more of an event than a swim meet," said Tim Wise, the Robert J. H. Kiphuth Director of Men's Swimming and Diving.

"The history and tradition surrounding all three programs makes for an intense, competitive weekend of racing. Our goal will be to race hard, compete well, and swim faster than we have all season."

In its last meet on Jan. 17, Yale defeated a Penn State team with multiple All-American swimmers, 181-172. Senior Alwin Firmansyah was named ECAC Swimmer of the Week for his performance at the meet, and freshman Kei Hyogo won his third Rookie of the Week award.

The Crimson's freshmen have also made an immediate impact on their team; Shane McNamara and Steven Tan combined for seven first-place finishes against Brown and Penn on Jan. 17. Harvard senior Mike Mosca is the defending Ivy League champion in the one-meter and three-meter diving events.

The Tigers opened 2015 with two home meets against out-of-conference opponents. After beating Navy on Jan. 3, they lost to North Carolina State on Jan. 9. Princeton junior Teo D'Allesandro, the reigning Ivy League 200-yard IM champion, won three events in those two meets.

This weekend's meet starts at Harvard's Blodgett Pool at on Saturday at 6:00 p.m. The second round of events will begin at 12:00 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 1.

A link to live results will be posted at http://www.meetresults.com/meets/  .

-Report by Josh Mandell '16