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Bulldogs' Win Streak Ends vs. Harvard, Princeton

Bulldogs' Win Streak Ends vs. Harvard, Princeton

BOSTON -  The Yale men's swimming and diving team was dealt its first losses of the season on Saturday, falling 82-271 to the Harvard Crimson and 85-267 to the Princeton Tigers. Harvard won its matchup with Princeton, 190-163.

"Losing is never fun, especially to those two teams," said Tim Wise, the Robert J. H. Kiphuth Director of Men's Swimming and Diving. 

"No one in our program is particularly proud of the outcome with regard to the final scores. Having said that, we approached this meet with the goal of swimming season-best times and we accomplished that extremely well."

In the 200-yard medley relay, Princeton's winning A team broke a HYP meet record that three of its swimmers had helped set in 2014. Yale's A team, featuring freshman Shawn Nee, senior captain Andrew Heymann, sophomore Aaron Greenberg and junior Victor Zhang  finished fifth with a time of 1:30.22.

Freshman Kei Hyogo beat out two Harvard juniors to finish third in the 400-yard IM. Soon after Hyogo's 3:53.03 finish, freshman Jonathan Rutter and junior Brian Hogan touched the wall seventh and eighth place, respectively.

A trio of Yale's best sprinters added to Yale's point total in the 100-yard freestyle. Zhang finished seventh with a time of 45.13, followed by Greenberg in ninth place and sophomore Oscar Miao in eleventh place.

Nee was Yale's top finisher in the 200-yard backstroke. His time of 1:48.26 was good for seventh place. Senior Rob Harder was next for the Bulldogs in ninth place, followed by junior Kevin Stang in 11th and sophomore Alex Schultz in 12th.

Senior Alwin Firmansyah continued a run of outstanding swims with a fourth-place finish in the 100-yard freestyle. His time of 48.87 was his fastest this season. Freshman Yubin Kim, senior Mike Lazris and sophomore Ian Wooley kept pace with each other to finish ninth, tenth and 11th, respectively. Senior Brian Clark was close behind in 13th place.

Hyogo came close to winning Yale's first event of the weekend with an excellent 500-yard freestyle race. He finished the race in 4:27.1 and  tied for second place with Princeton freshman Zach Brueger. Hogan was he next Bulldog to finish, taking seventh place with a time of 4:32.06.

In the one-meter diving, junior James McNelis continued to lead the way for Yale. He finished sixth with a score of 257.15. Sophomore Anthony Mercadante and freshmen Joseph Bedford and Wayne Zhang rounded out the Bulldogs' diving squad.

In the 200-yard breaststroke, Rutter powered through one of his fastest swims ever, finishing sixth and clocking in at 2:01.87. Heymann kept up with Rutter stroke for stroke, but touched the wall just .01 later. Senior Ronald Tsui also had a strong race, recording a season-best time of 2:02.79 in his ninth-place finish.

The Bulldogs concluded the meet with the 400-yard freestyle relay. Yale's A team of Zhang, Greenberg, Firmansyah and Harder finished fourth with a time of 2:58.04.

Yale will host Brown for its final dual meet of the season on Feb. 7. The meet is scheduled to start at 4:00 p.m.

-Report by Josh Mandell '16