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Yale Falls Behind Harvard and Princeton, Despite Strong Performance

Yale Falls Behind Harvard and Princeton, Despite Strong Performance

BOSTON- Although it was bolstered by some of its best races of the season thus far, the Yale men's swimming and diving team fell behind Harvard and Princeton after the first session of a two-day meet at Harvard's Blodgett Pool on Saturday. The score against Harvard stands at 44-142, and the tally against Princeton is 42-144. 

The meet began with a close 200-yard freestyle relay. Princeton's A team won the race with a time of 1:19.32. Harvard finished second, and Yale's team, featuring sophomore Aaron Greenberg, junior Victor Zhang, sophomore Oscar Miao and senior Alwin Firmansyah, finished third in 1:20.86. 

Freshman Kei Hyogo competed in the 200-yard freestyle for the first time since the Bucknell Invitational in November. He achieved a season-best time of 1:39.50 and finished in ninth place. Senior Rob Harder and freshman Jonathan Rutter finished just after Hyogo in tenth and eleventh place, respectively. 

Harvard sophomore Jack Manchester set a HYP meet record of 47.87 in the 100-yard backstroke. Freshman Shawn Nee set the pace for Yale, finishing eighth in 49.69. Junior Kevin Stang and senior Mike Lazris followed in tenth and eleventh place, respectively. 

Senior Ronald Tsui turned in a big 100-yard breaststroke swim in his final HYP meet. He led his Yale teammates with a time of 55.57, good for fifth place. Senior captain Andrew Heymann also swam one of his fastest races this season, clocking in at 55.97 to tie for seventh place. 

In the 200-yard butterfly, Firmansyah found himself competing with five other swimmers in a close fight for second place as Princeton freshman Zach Buerger pulled away with the lead. He finished sixth with a season-best time of 1:47.78. Sophomore Ian Wooley's time of 1:51.10 was just enough to break into the top ten. 

Greenberg also achieved a personal best for the season in the 50-yard freestyle. He finished eighth in 20.60. Miao touched the wall .25 later to take ninth place. 

Princeton sent forth a potent attack in the 200-yard IM, and claimed the top four places. Heymann led the way for Yale in the event, finishing tenth with a time of 1:51.48.

Junior James McNelis was the top scorer for Yale in the three-meter diving. He racked up 268.90 points to finish sixth. 

The Bulldogs achieved their greatest success of the day in the longest event in college swimming. Hyogo and junior Brian Hogan kept pace with each other throughout the 1,650-yard freestyle, and pulled far ahead of everyone but the eventual winner, Princeton sophomore Samuel Smiddy.

Hyogo took second place in the event with a time of 15:19.18, and Hogan finished third 2.27 later. Sophomore Ben Lerude was Yale's next finisher in sixth place, followed by junior William Yang in ninth and freshman Dirk Bell in 11th. 

The first day of the meet concluded with another close relay. Yale's A team in the 400-yard medley relay (Nee, Heymann, Firmansyah and Zhang) finished fourth, but less than a second behind the winning team from Harvard.

The meet will resume at noon tomorrow with the 200-yard medley relay. The teams will compete in eight more swimming events, and the one-meter diving. 

Live results will be posted at http://www.meetresults.com/2015/hyp-men/ .

-Report by Josh Mandell '16