Bulldogs Open Season Against Columbia on Saturday Afternoon

Nov. 13, 2008

NEW HAVEN, Conn. - The Bulldog men's swimming and diving team opens the regular season on Saturday afternoon with a dual meet against Columbia. The Bulldogs, who have so far only competed in a scrimmage against McGill, are ready to test themselves against an opponent they topped 164-136 in 2007.

Last year, the Bulldogs started the meet off with a sweep in the three-meter diving event. While the top two Elis in the event have moved on, the team returns Eric Olson, who scored three points.

The Bulldogs went on to win eight events over the course of the meet. In all except for one of these events, the one-meter diving, the Bulldogs return the winner from 2007. The Elis were particularly strong in the 50-yard freestyle, the 1000-yard freestyle and the 200-yard backstroke, events in which the team captured the top two places.

In the pool, the Bulldogs have an opportunity to get momentum on their side. The meet starts off with the 200-yard medley relay, which the team won in 2007, and is followed by the 1000-yard freestyle, an event the Elis captured the top two places in 2007.

Robert J. H. Kiphuth Director of Swimming Frank Keefe is looking forward to the Columbia meet.

"Our dual meet versus Columbia is going to exciting," Keefe said. "I am looking forward to the Columbia weekend because it is hopefully going to get a bigger crowd than normal because of the Princeton football game. The meet will determine who goes to what invites over the next few weeks. Dual meets have a lot of pressure, so we don't have that many early on in the season."

The meet is scheduled to get underway at 6:00 p.m. on Saturday at Robert J. H. Kiphuth Exhibition Pool.

Report filed by Caleb Dorfman '09, Yale Sports Publicity