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Bulldogs Face First Big Test at Terrier Invitational

Goksu Bicer. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)
Goksu Bicer. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

NEW HAVEN, Conn. - After a season-opening win against Columbia that saw its freshmen account for six individual wins, the Yale men's swimming and diving team heads to Boston University for the Terrier Invitational. The meet is one of the Bulldogs' most competitive of the season, and will serve as a good measuring stick for just how far this new-look Eli squad can go.

Last weekend was certainly a good start for the Bulldogs, as they avenged a loss to Columbia in the first meet of last season with their 178-122 victory. Newcomers were the story, providing 17 top-three finishes. One of them, freshman Robby Harder, was particularly impressive, turning in three individual victories, all in freestyle events. Two of those - the 1000-yard freestyle and 200-yard freestyle - were back to back. Harder took the 1000 in 9:30.61 and the 200, the next event, in 1:30.09.

Harder's fellow freshmen, Alwin Firmansyah, also took home multiple wins against the Lions. His first was in the 200-yard butterfly, which he finished in 1:47.59. Firmansyah followed that up with a win in the 100-yard freestyle in 46.09, and a victory in the 200 IM (1:51.65). Transfer Paschall Davis made it a clean sweep for the Eli newcomers in freestyle events with his win in the 50 free (21.17).

Another member of the class of 2015, Ronald Tsui, grabbed a win in the 100-yard breaststroke, while sophomore Danny McDermott took first in the 200-yard breaststroke, and senior Goksu Bicer grabbed the Elis other individual win with a time of 49.76 in the 100-yard butterfly.

Yale's divers also got off to a solid start against Columbia, posting two top-three finishes to round out a good all-around meet for the Bulldogs. 

The action in Boston gets underway Friday morning at Boston University, and continues through Sunday.

Report filed by Chelsea Janes '12, Yale Sports Publicity