COLUMBUS, Ohio – Yale men's swimming and diving finished its first day at the Ohio State Invitational, scoring 103 points in the first round of events and sitting at fifth in the standings. Strong individual and relay performances bolstered the team's effort.
Starting off the evening, Yale's 'A' 200-yard freestyle relay – sophomore Max Bottene, sophomore Henry Gaissert, senior Aaron Greenberg and first year Phillipe Marcoux – placed fifth in the event with a time of 1:19.87.
Senior Kei Hyogo led Yale's long-distance pack. Qualifying for the 'A' finals in the ninth position, Hyogo dropped over six seconds from his season best to claim fourth in the event at 4:19.98. His time is among the top ten fastest times in the nation according to CollegeSwimming.com. Junior Adrian Lin also posted a season best, dropping nearly 20 seconds to finish 16th at 4:26.05.
In the 200-yard individual medley, senior Jonathan Rutter qualified for 'A' finals with a time of 1:46.44, setting a new Yale record and a season best by over 15 seconds. . He went on to finish fifth in the event. Moreover, junior William Drexler and sophomore Tristan Furnary swam in the 'B' finals with Furnary taking 16th at 1:49.05 and Drexler finishing 20th at 1:50.64.
Gaissert and Greenberg both qualified for the 'A' finals in the 50-yard freestyle. Greenberg qualified third in the prelims at 19:67, a top ten time in the nation according to CollegeSwimming.com. However, Greenberg faltered in the finals and finished seventh just behind Gaissert, who finished sixth with a time of 19.80.
Finishing up the first day, Yale's 'A' 400-yard medley relay – Greenberg, Hyogo, senior Shawn Nee and Rutter – finished 14th place with a time of 3:16.44, dropping over two seconds from their seed time.
Day two of the Ohio State Invitational begins with prelims at 10:00 a.m. Finals will start at 6:00 p.m. More information about the meet can be found here.
Report by Neil Zheng '19, Yale Sports Publicity