January 13, 2007

Bulldogs Top Midshipmen, Fall to Big Red

Jan. 13, 2007

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NEW HAVEN, Conn. - Alex Righi's hat trick of wins wasn't enough to topple the undefeated Cornell men's swimming and diving team. Yale's swimmers and divers were beaten by the Big Red by a score of 173-127, but the Bulldogs finished ahead of the Midshipmen of Navy 211.5-88.5.

Hosting the two fellow EISL schools at the Robert Kiphuth Memorial Exhibition Pool, the Bulldogs were led by Righi, who won the 100 yard backstroke and the 50 and 100 yard freestyle events. In the 100 free his time of 44.30 set a new pool record, beating the previous record of 44.53 set over eleven years ago by Princeton's Shawn Trokhan.

But Yale wasn't the only school to come away from today's meet with a new pool record; Cornell set two of them. The Big Red's Dave McKechnie cruised to a victory in the 200 yard breaststroke in a record time of 2:01.56, beating Harvard alum Dave Schwarz's 1997 record of 2:02.32. Cornell's other pool record came in the 200 medley relay, with the Big Red quartet finishing in 1:31.04, beating Harvard's record of 1:31.07 set in 2002.

Picking up from where they left off in 2006, the Bulldogs were bolstered by some strong performances from its younger team members. Freshman Thomas Robinson tied for first in the 200 yard backstroke with Navy's Kevin Mukuri. Both finished in a time of 1:49.54. In the same event, captain Geof Zann finsihed in third. Sophomore Chris Pool also had a successful meet, finishing second in the 100 yard butterfly.

Some of Yale's older hands were also amongst the top finishers. Seniors Andrew Foss and Jack Hutchinson finished second and third respectively in the 500 yard freestyle. But, as in many of the day's events, they couldnt catch Cornell.

Yale's swimmers were put in good position by strong performances on the diving board during Friday night's diving sessions. Douglas Scott won the 3 meter event and finished 4th in the 1 meter dive. Next Saturday, the Elis will continue EISL competition as they travel to Philadelphia, PA to face the Penn Quakers and the Big Green of Dartmouth.

Report filed by Jamie Cordes '07, Yale Sports Publicity