PHILIDELPHIA – The Yale men's swimming and diving team defeated Dartmouth 217-83 and fell to Penn 191-109 in a double-dual meet. Over the two days of intense competition, the Bulldogs posted numerous strong performances that helped the team maintain their winning conference record.
Yale started off and closed out the meet with runner-up finished in both the relay events. In the 200-yard medley relay, the 'A' team – senior Edward Stolarski, sophomore Tim Dorje Wu, junior Ryan Huizing and junior Max Bottene – finished with a time of 1:31.25. The top Yale relay in the 400-yard freestyle relay – Huizing, Bottene, first year Nathan Stern and junior Henry Gaissert – touched at 3:00.14.
First year Liam Bogart led the team in the long-distance freestyle events. Bogart staved off a pack of Penn swimmers to claim runner-up in the 1000-yard freestyle at 9:30.08. He also finished fourth in the 500-yard freestyle.
In the 200-yard freestyle, Gaissert out-touched his opponent by four hundredths of a second at 1:40.16 to claim Yale's first individual win of the meet. Following closely behind, team captain Adrian Lin finished at third with at time of 1:40.54.
The Bulldogs found further success in the short distance freestyle events. Gaissert finished runner-up in the 50-yard freestyle at 20.48. Huizing and Bottene rounded out the event in third and fourth, respectively. Gaissert also touched runner-up in the 100-yard freestyle at 44.83. Stern and Bottene finished just behind in fourth and fifth, respectively.
The team had many strong performances in the backstroke events in competitive races. In the 100-yard backstroke, sophomore Tyler Harmon finished runner-up at 51.11 with first years Michael Blank and Cristian Bell less than a half second back in third and fourth, respectively. Bell and Harmon faced off again in the 100-yard backstroke, where Bell held on to an early lead to take second at 1:50.49. Harmon finished third and Stolarski, fifth.
In the 100-yard breaststroke, Wu and first year Calvin Yang also swam a close race separated by just one hundredth of a second. Wu out-touched his teammate to claim third with Yang in fourth. Yang rallied for the 200-yard breaststroke to lead the team to third at 2:03.12. Junior Tristan Furnary and Wu rounded out the event in fourth and fifth, respectively.
The veterans of the team led the charge in the butterfly events. Huizing took runner-up in the 100-yard butterfly with a time of 49.77. Senior William Drexler followed up in third with sophomore Patrick Frith in fourth. Senior Joey Carbone led the Bulldogs in the 200-yard butterfly to claim third at 1:52.59. Junior Duncan Lee was close behind in fourth.
In the 200-yard individual medley, first year Andrew Schuler fell just short in a tight race to finish third with a time of 1:53.85. Furnary and first year Felix Van Cauwelaert touched at fourth and fifth, respectively, to round out the event.
The Yale divers also posted strong performances during the meet. Sophomore Christian DeVol finished third in the one-meter diving with 280.05 points and first year Owen Stevens followed up in fifth. DeVol also placed fifth in the three-meter diving.
With the conclusion of the intense double dual-meet, the Bulldogs will prepare for a busy schedule of meets. Coming up next, Yale will host Seton Hall for the team's senior day meet on Jan. 12, at the Robert J.H. Kiphuth Exhibition Pool.
Report by Neil Zheng '19, Yale Sports Publicity