Princeton, N.J. – The Yale men's swimming and diving team finished third with 1138 points at Ivy League Championships after four days of competition. Harvard won the meet with 1630.5 points. Nonetheless, the Bulldogs found great success in many of their events, setting school records in 11 out of the 21 events and posting numerous personal bests.
The seniors sent off their final Ivy League meet with a big splash. Senior Kei Hyogo kicked off the evening's finals with a third-place finish in the 1650-yard freestyle with a time of 14:53.34, a season best and a NCAA 'B' qualifying cut. In the 200-yard backstroke, senior Shawn Nee finished ninth with a personal best of 1:45.46, also a NCAA 'B' qualifying cut.
Senior Aaron Greenberg claimed his second win of the meet in the 100-yard freestyle with a time of 43.19, a season best. He won the 50-yard freestyle on day two of competition and earned both of Yale's event wins of the meet. Sophomore Henry Gaissert followed-up in fourth with a personal best of 43.42 in a challenging field separated by less than second. Junior Adrian Lin rounded out the event at 10th with a time of 43.92. Moreover, all three swimmers achieved NCAA 'B' qualifying cuts.
The Bulldogs had many strong performances in the 200-yard breaststroke. Senior Jonathan Rutter finished runner-up with a time of 1:55.68, improving his Yale record by over a second. First year Tim Dorje Wu just missed out on 'A' finals by less than a tenth of a second. He rallied in the finals to finish ninth with a personal best at 1:57.05. Following close behind, senior Derek Kao finished tenth at 1:57.85, a big personal best by two seconds.
First year Patrick Frith led the Bulldogs in the 200-yard butterfly to finish sixth at 1:46.13, a personal best by nearly three seconds and a NCAA 'B' qualifying cut. Sophomore Duncan Lee followed up in 10th at 1:48.81.
Closing out the 2018 Ivy League Championships, Yale claimed runner-up in the 400-yard freestyle. The relay team – Gaissert, Lin, Hyogo and Greenberg– set a new Yale record with a time of 2:53.91.
Hyogo was awarded the Harold S. Ulen Award as the Ivy League's career high point swimmer. A versatile swimmer, Hyogo found consistent success throughout his collegiate career and leaves his mark on Yale's record board, Hyogo owns eight school records, including five that he set with his teammates during the four days of competition.
"It was an incredible week of swimming and diving," remarked Jim Henry, the Robert J.H. Kiphuth Coach of Men's and Women's Swimming and Diving. "I'm proud of all that we accomplished together. We came together as a team when it mattered the most. Our final session was a great way to send off this awesome senior class. We look forward to the upcoming NCAA Championships."
The Bulldogs' new records are listed below:
200-yard medley relay - Nee, Wu, Gaissert, Greenberg (1:27.14)
400-yard medley relay - Nee, Wu, Hyogo, Greenberg (3:12.75)
200-yard individual medley - Rutter (1:45.96)
400-yard individual medley - Hyogo (3:43.16)
500-yard freestyle - Hyogo (4:15.32)
200-yard freestyle relay - Gaissert, Greenberg, Lin, Hyogo (1:18.67)
400-yard freestyle relay - Gaissert, Lin, Hyogo, Greenberg (2:52.69)
800-yard freestyle relay - Rutter, Lin, Gaissert, Hyogo (6:21.00)
100-yard breaststroke - Wu (53.85)
200-yard breaststroke - Rutter (1:55.68)
One-meter diving - DeVol (359.05 points)
Report by Neil Zheng '19, Yale Sports Publicity