Nov. 19, 2006
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - The Yale men's swimming and diving team showed strength and depth Saturday as they finished 4th in the Terrapin Cup Invitational with 586.5 points. 10 different Yale swimmers and divers reached their respective championship finals to keep the points coming for the Bulldogs.
The divers led the charge with three top five finishes in the 3 meter dive. Junior Jeffrey Lichtenstein won the event with a score of 295.75. He was closely followed by Douglas Scott, who came 3rd, and Pat Hayden, who finished 5th.
This kind of depth would set the tone for the Bulldogs during the final day of the Terrapin Cup. In the 1650 yard freestyle, four Yale swimmers finished high enough to score points. Ilya Byzov came 6th, followed by Jack Hutchinson in 7th, Reid Madden in 10th and Kent Garber in 13th. Yale was the only school with four different individuals scoring points in the event.
In the 200 yard backstroke event, 5 of the 6 Yale entries qualified for either the championship final or the consolation final. Captain Geof Zann finished highest in 3rd with a time of 1:49.80. Thomas Robinson and Dennen McCloskey finished 5th and 6th respectively in the championshoip final, while the consolation final was won by William Rubenstein, giving him 9th overall.
The 200 yard butterfly event once again saw three Yale swimmers in the championship final. Ben Dzialo, Chris Pool and Tyler Scheid blocked out the middle of the race by finishing 4th, 5th and 6th respectively. Finally, standout Alex Righi finished 2nd in the 100 yard freestyle behind West Virginia's Nick Delic.
The Bulldogs spent the majority of the meet in 4th place, but managed to keep things interesting by maintaining pace with 3rd place UConn. But a disqualification in the 400 yard freestyle relay, the last event of the day, prevented Yale from overtaking its Nutmeg State rivals.
Yale will return to action after Thanksgiving break with the U.S. Open on November 30th.
Report filed by Jamie Cordes '07, Yale Sports Publicity