Cambridge, Mass. – The Yale men's swimming and diving team finished fourth with 1115.5 points at the Ivy League Championships after four days of competition. Harvard, who hosted the meet in Harvard's Blodgett Pool, won the meet with 1705 points. Nonetheless, the Bulldogs found great success in many of their events, setting five new Yale records, four pool records and one Ivy record throughout the meet.
Junior Kei Hyogo kicked off the evening's finals with an impressive win in the 1650-yard freestyle. Hyogo's winning time of 14:47.01 improved the pool record by over six seconds and currently sits as the seventh fastest time in the nation according to CollegeSwimming.com.
The seniors on the team made a big impact at their final Ivy League meet. Senior Ben Lerude, a three-time finalist in the 1650-yard freestyle, placed fifth with a time of 15:13.67, his best finish through his collegiate career. In the 200-yard backstroke, senior Alex Schultz claimed eighth with a time of 1:48.58. Senior Anthony Mercadante also finished eighth in the three-meter diving with a score of 194.70 in his first finals appearance.
Continuing the momentum, junior Aaron Greenberg touched third in the 100-yard freestyle at 43.75. Greenberg's prelims time of 43.48 was also a personal best. Sophomore Adrian Lin barely missed finals by two hundredths of a second. Lin came back to win consolation finals and place ninth with a time of 44.07, a personal best.
In the 200-yard breaststroke, junior Jonathan Rutter rallied in the final 50 yards to pass three swimmers and finish fourth at 1:57.52. Junior Derek Kao led the consolation finals, finishing ninth with a time of 2:00.51.
Sophomore Joey Carbone led the charge in the 200-yard butterfly, touching 10th at 1:47.63, a NCAA 'B' qualifying time. Following closely behind were sophomore Will Drexler and Lerude in 12th and 15th respectively.
Closing out the 2017 Ivy League Championships, Yale claimed runner-up in the 400-yard freestyle. The relay team – freshman Henry Gaissert, Greenberg, Hyogo and Lin – set a new Yale record with a time of 2:53.91.
"I'm really proud of the way we competed this weekend and throughout this season," remarked team captain Alex Goss. "We had a lot younger guys on the team step-up, and I think that bodes really well for the furture of the program."
The Bulldogs' new records are listed below:
200-yard freestyle – Lin (1:34.25)
500-yard freestyle – Hyogo (4:16.71)
1000-yard freestyle – Hyogo (8:49.45) *
400-yard freestyle relay – Gaissert, Lin, Hyogo, Greenberg (2:53.91)
800-yard freestyle relay – Rutter, Lin, Furnary, Hyogo (6:24.24)
* Ivy League Record
Report by Neil Zheng '19, Yale Sports Publicity