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Yale Holds Strong on Day One of HYP

Kei Hyogo '18. Photo Courtesy of John Lapides '72.
Kei Hyogo '18. Photo Courtesy of John Lapides '72.

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Yale men's swimming and diving team held strong on the first day of the annual Harvard-Yale-Princeton meet with several strong performances, including two individual wins.

First year Sam Pekarek posted a personal record in the 100-yard breaststroke to claim his first collegiate win in the 100-yard breaststroke. His time of 54.42 is Yale's fastest in the event this season so far. Senior Derek Kao followed up in fifth at 55.36. First year Tim Dorje Wu and junior Jacob Limaldi also touched ninth and tenth in the event, respectively. 

The Bulldogs had strong showings in the medley events. The teem finished runner-up in the 400-yard medley relay with a time of 3:14.26. Senior Kei Hyogo also captured a win in 200-yard individual medley with a time of 1:47.03. Senior Jonathan Rutter followed up in fourth at 1:48.58 and sophomore Tristan Furnary finished at ninth.

Hyogo and Rutter also raced in the highly competitive 200-yard freestyle, where they finished fourth and seventh, respectively. Hyogo touched at 1:36.32 while Rutter touched at 1:37.27. Junior Adrian Lin finished just behind at eighth.

Additionally, Hyogo led the Yale pack in the 1650-yard freestyle, where he finished eighth at 15:39.92, with first years Patrick Frith and Jonathan Liao following in ninth and tenth, respectively.

Yale had strong performances in the 50-yard freestyle as well. Senior Aaron Greenberg finished runner-up at 19.87. Following Greenberg, sophomore Henry Gaissert, first year Philippe Marcoux and sophomore Ryan Huizing finished seventh, eighth and ninth, respectively. The Bulldogs also took third in the 200-yard freestyle relay at 1:19.79.

The 100-yard backstroke and 200-yard butterfly were hotly contested. In the backstroke, senior Shawn Nee finished seventh with a time of 49.67 and junior Edward Stolarski followed up in ninth. Junior Joey Carbone took seventh at 1:49.16 in the 200-yard butterfly while sophomore Duncan Lee and Frith followed up in eighth and ninth, respectively.

In the three-meter diving, first year Christian DeVol finished fifth with a score of 330.20. Sophomore Chris LaBella also finished seventh with a core of 297.15. 

Competition will resume tomorrow at 12:00pm in Harvard's Blodgett Pool. The meet will be streamed live on the Ivy League Network (pay-per-view) and more information can be found here.


Report by Neil Zheng '19, Yale Sports Publicity