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Bulldogs Finish Strong at Winter Nationals

Jonathan Rutter (John Lapides photo)
Jonathan Rutter (John Lapides photo)

GREENSBORO, N.C. – Junior Henry Gaissert and recent alums Aaron Greenberg '18 and Jonathan Rutter '18 of the Yale men's swimming and diving team closed out the four days of competition with strong performances at the US Winter Nationals. 

"Since the college season is done in the short course format, racing in long course can be difficult to adjust to midseason and I think we all did a great job of rising to the occasion this past weekend,"  said Gaissert. "Several of us were able to make it into the finals and score some points while racing Olympians and other professional swimmers, which is exciting because it reflects positively on our conditioning. In addition, Destiny Nelson and I were able to notch our first 2020 Olympic Trials cuts."

Gaissert and Greenberg concluded the meet with the 100-meter freestyle in a stacked field of swimmers. Seeded at 24th for the event, Gaissert had two big swims in both the morning prelims and evening finals to finish ninth with a personal best of 50.52. Greenberg also had key swims in both the prelims and finals. Going into the 'A' finals as the last seed, Greenberg finished strong with a sixth place finish at 50:41. 

Rutter took on the 200-meter breaststroke for his final event of the meet. His morning swim earned him a spot in the evening 'B' finals, where he finished 11th overall in the event with a time of 2:17:81.  

"Though we won't be able to race long course until the end of the season, I am looking forward to getting back to training and to focusing on our Ivy League competition," added Gaissert.  

Following the conclusion of the meet, Gaissert will join his teammates to take on Southern Connecticut on Dec. 6, which will conclude the fall semester for the Bulldogs.

 

Report by Neil Zheng, Yale Sports Publicity