Dec. 2, 2006
NEW HAVEN, Conn. - On perhaps the busiest day of its 2006-7 season, the Yale men's swimming team hosted five different schools at the Nutmeg Invitational. Thomas Robinson led the way with his win in the 100 yard backstroke.
In a buzzing Kiphuth Exhibition Pool, the Bulldogs faced a wealth of strong competition from the likes of Syracuse, UMass and La Salle. Yale's highest finisher in the morning session was Chris Pool, who came 2nd in the 50 yard freestyle. Pool won his heat - heat 13 - by narrowly edging UMass' Evan Swisher by 0.03 seconds. Pool's time of 21.92 secured 2nd overall behind another UMass swimmer, AJ Vozella.
The Elis had one of their deepest performances in the 200 yard individual medley. The Bulldogs captured 3rd through 6th and 9th, taking five of the top ten spots. Kyle McElroy led Yale with a 3rd place overall after swimming a time of 1:58.37. Yale's next three highest finishers all came in the same heat. Thomas Robinson, Colin Stalnecker and Morgan Locke finished 1st, 2nd and 3rd respectively in heat 7 to secure 4th, 5th and 6th place overall for the Bulldogs. Chris Dufek rounded out Yale's half of the top ten with his 9th place finish in a time of 2:00.14.
In the 500 yard freestyle, Yale's deep squad of distance swimmers claimed 6th, 7th and 8th. Kevin Pudas finished 3rd in heat 6 in a time of 4:43.82 to take 6th overall. Ilya Byzov finished just behind Pudas in heat 6 to take 7th overall, and Kent Garber finished 8th overall with his time of 4:45.43.
The evening session was highlighted by Thomas Robinson's win in the 100 yard backstroke. Robinson finished first with his time of 52.52. The Bulldogs also got another strong performance from Chris Pool, who finished second in the 200 yard freestyle.
Yale will compete in the one remaining session of the Nutmeg Invitational Sunday afternoon.
Report filed by Jamie Cordes '07, Yale Sports Publicity