February 24, 2006

Yale In Second At ECACs After Day One

Feb. 24, 2006

PITTSBURGH, Pa. - At the end of day one of the ECAC Championship at the University of Pittsburgh, the Yale men's swimming and diving team is in second place with 136 points. Although the Bulldogs did not win any events, the team showed depth by placing highly in almost all its races.

In particular, Yale dominated the 200-yard individual medley. Yale swimmers Chris Dufek, Mike Slater, Morgan Locke and John Lynch finished third, fourth, fifth and sixth respectively. A little over a second separated the four swimmers at the finish line. Lynch came from behind to join his teammates at the end of the race, swimming the fastest freestyle leg of anyone. His split time in the last quarter of the race was 26.85. In this event alone, the Bulldogs picked up 58 of their 136 total points for the day.

Dufek and Locke also played a part in Yale's best relay showing of the day. In the last race of day one, the 400-yard medley relay, the Yale team, comprised of Tom Hardy, Alex Goldsmith, Dufek and Locke, finished fifth with a time of 3:28.34.

Elsewhere, Reid Madden finished fifth in the final of the 500-yard freestyle in a time of 4:39.38. Madden's time was a seven seconds faster than his previous personal best over this distance. In the 'B' final of the 500-yard freestyle, freshman Ilya Byzov came second in a time of 4:40.09.

The Bulldogs will start day two with Columbia and Rider University both hot on their tails. They will be chasing leaders Marist University, who are 16 points ahead of them. Complete Results are available online.

Report filed by Jamie Cordes '07, Yale Sports Publicity

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