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Yale Defeats Princeton for First Time in 16 Years, Falls to Harvard

Adrian Lin '19. Photo Courtesy of John Lapides '72.
Adrian Lin '19. Photo Courtesy of John Lapides '72.

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Yale men's swimming and diving team rallied on the second day of the annual Harvard-Yale-Princeton meet to take a challenging win against Princeton, 177-176. It was the Bulldogs' first victory against Princeton in 16 years. The team was defeated by Harvard 242-111. With the conclusion of the meet, the Bulldogs sit at a 7-2 winning dual season record. 

"Today was a great team win," said Jim Henry, the Robert J.H. Kiphuth Coach of Men's and Women's Swimming and Diving. "We are all extremely happy with our performances but can't wait for the next three weeks." 

Starting the second day of competition, Yale's 'A' team – senior Shawn Nee, first year Sam Pekarek, sophomore Ryan Huizing and senior Aaron Greenberg – finished third in the 200-yard medley relay with a time of 1:29.06.   

Seniors Kei Hyogo and Jonathan Rutter took on the 400-yard individual medley. Hyogo finished second at 3:47.95 and Rutter finished fourth at 3:51.19. Hyogo had a busy meet schedule, swimming five individual events. In his final swim of the weekend, Hyogo took third in the 500-yard freestyle with a time of 4:20.79. 

In the 100-yard freestyle, Greenberg and junior Adrian Lin finished second and fourth, respectively. Greenberg touched at 43.96 and Lin finished at 44.55. Sophomore Henry Gaissert finished just out of the top five at sixth place.

The Bulldogs posted strong performances in the backstroke and butterfly events on the second day. In the 200-yard breaststroke, first year Tyler Harmon finished sixth at 1:46.89 with a big personal record.  Additionally, Huizing touched fourth in the 100-yard butterfly at 48.16 with another personal record.

First-year diver Christian DeVol captured Yale's first event win of the day, finishing first in the one-meter diving event with 316.05 points. DeVol finishes his first collegiate dual-meet season with eight individual event wins.

Continuing the momentum, Rutter took first in the 200-yard breaststroke with at time of 1:57.99. Pekarek followed up in third at 1:59.63, his second personal record of the weekend. 

Closing out the meet, Yale's 'A' team – Gaissert, first year Philippe Marcoux, Lin and Greenberg – finished runner-up in the 400-yard freestyle relay with at time of 2:55.69, giving the Bulldogs just enough to defeat Princeton by one point. 

"This year we have continually found ways to get better and I see that continuing into Ivies and the NCAA Championships," remarked Henry. "It was amazing having so many alumni, parents and fans in Cambridge. None of this would have been possible without the support of Tom Beckett, Chris Pecora, Mike Harris and Lindsay Snecinski."

Following the conclusion of their dual meet season, the Bulldogs prepare for their championship season. The team will travel to Princeton, N.J., for the Ivy League Swimming and Diving Championships on Feb. 21-24.


Report by Neil Zheng '19, Yale Sports Publicity