Feb. 18, 2006
Providence, RI - The Yale men's swimming and diving team showed they could go deep this afternoon in Providence, beating a fired up Brown squad 141-103. The Bulldogs took first, second, third and fourth in three events: the 1000-yard freestyle, the 500-yard freestyle and the 200-yard breaststroke.
The meet opened with a nailbiting finish in the 400-yard medley relay in which Brown beat out Yale to first place by one hundredth of a second. But the Elis turned the tide in the next event, the 1000-yard freestyle. Dennen McCloskey, Kent Garber, Kevin Pudas and Brendan Everman took the first four spots.
"Brown was really pumped to beat us," Garber said. "After the close finish in the first events it was huge for the team to dominate in the second event."
Pudas was also among the top finishers in the 500-yard freestyle, finishing third behind teammates Andrew Foss and Sebastian Cousins and ahead of Jack Hutchinson, who finished fourth. Yale's third sweep came in the penultimate event, the 200-yard breastroke. Mike Slater capped off a strong day with the win. Colin Stalnecker, Colin O'Brady, and Kyle McElroy finished second, third and fourth respectively. Earlier in the meet Slater, who had shaved for the meet, also won the 200-yard individual medley.
"Getting the top four spots in three events was not so important today because it was a dual meet," Everman, the team captain, said. "But that kind of depth should really help us at the EISL Championships in two weeks' time."
The Bulldogs had yet another strong performance from freshman standout Alex Righi, who won both the 50-yard and 100-yard freestyle events. Elsewhere, Yale also picked up important points from the diving board, with Jeffrey Lichtenstein winning both the 1-meter and 3-meter diving events.
This is the squad's last meet before heading to the ECAC Championships on Friday, Feb. 24 and the EISL Championships on Thursday, Mar. 9.
"The team is pretty confident at the moment," Everman said. "This was a great way to finish the dual meet season and hopefully we can carry it over to EISL Championships."
Report filed by Jamie Cordes '07, Yale Sports Publicity.