NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The Yale men's swimming and diving team took victory over neighboring Southern Connecticut State University on Dec. 7, taking their second win of the season. The dual meet against SCSU Owls gave Yale's swimmers the opportunity to try new events and refine their technique.
The freshmen had a standout meet with multiple top place finishes. Tackling the 1000-yard freestyle for the first time this season, first years Jonathan Liao and Tim Dorje Wu touched second and third, respectively. Similarly, first year Tyler Harmon raced his first 200-yard and 500-yard freestyles of the season, finishing third and second in the events, respectively. First year Sam Pekarek took on the 100-yard individual medley, finishing second in the event. Additionally, first year Phillipe Marcoux finished runner-up in the 100-yard backstroke.
The veterans on the team also found success in the freestyle events. Senior Jonathan Rutter won the 1000-yard freestyle with a personal best of 9:27.82. Sophomore Matt Slabe also claimed first in the 500-yard freestyle. Junior Will Drexler led the Yale pack in the 200-yard freestyle, winning with a time of 1:42.21. He was followed closely behind by sophomore Henry Gaissert in second. In the sprint freestyles, sophomore Max Bottene and senior Derek Kao took first and second in the 50-yard freestyle, respectively, while sophomore Ryan Huizing touched first in the 100-yard freestyle.
The Bulldogs also performed well in the stroke events. Junior Edward Stolarski took first in the 100-yard individual medley with sophomore Tristan Furnary close behind in second. Bottene also finished first in the 100-yard backstroke with at time of 51.01.
Following the winter break, the Bulldogs will kick-off the new year with a home tri-meet on Jan. 6. against University of Pennsylvania and Dartmouth at Dartmouth.
Report by Neil Zheng '19, Yale Sports Publicity