PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The Yale men's swimming and diving team came out on top over Brown and University of Massachusetts in their first meet of the 2016-17 season at Brown's Katherine Moran Coleman Aquatics Center. The final score was 177.5-122.5 against Brown and 225.0-75.0 against UMass. With many neck-to-neck finishes, the meet was challenging test for the Bulldogs.
"The competition was tense throughout with so many events being won with the slimmest of margins."
Opening the closely-matched meet, the 200-yard medley relay set the tone with a tie for first between Yale and Brown, both touching at 1:31.73. Yale also took second in the 400-yard freestyle relay as well with at time of 3:01.58.
The Bulldogs posted many great performances in the freestyle events. The long-distance freestylers, junior Kei Hyogo and senior Ben Lerude, finished first and second respectively in both the 500-yard and 1000-yard freestyle events. Sophomores Scott Bole and Adrian Lin also finished first and second in the 200-yard freestyle – Bole winning with a time of 1:39.42. Junior Aaron Greenberg finished first in both the 50-yard and 100-yard freestyle events, touching at 19.75 and 44.54 respectively.
Yale continued to dominate the breaststroke events, sweeping first, second and third in both the 100-yard and 200-yard breaststroke events. Juniors Derek Kao and Jonathan Rutter duked it out for first place in both events, with Kao taking first in the 100-yard breaststroke and Rutter, in the 200-yard breaststroke. Rutter also took first in the 200-yard individual medley later in the meet, finishing with a time of 1:52.14. And just behind the juniors in the breaststroke was sophomore Jacob Limaldi, who finished third in both events.
In the backstroke events, junior Shawn Nee battled it out with Brown's top swimmers. In an extremely close race, Nee managed to barely out-touch the runner-up in the 100-yard backstroke by just one one-hundredth of a second, taking first with a time of 49.61. Nee went on to finish runner-up in the 200-yard backstroke.
The 200-yard butterfly was also an exciting spectacle as Brown just barely edged out Yale in the event by two one-hundredths of a second. Hyogo led the Yale pack, finishing at runner-up at 1:49.56. Following closely behind were freshman Duncan Lee, sophomore Joey Carbone and senior Alex Schultz, who finished third, fourth and fifth respectively.
On the meet and team's performance, Wise noted, "This is the type of meet that we will learn and improve from a great deal. I am very proud of the efforts of our entire team and It was a great way to start off the season."
Building off their momentum from this meet, the Bulldogs will host Columbia next weekend in Robert J. H. Kiphuth Exhibition Pool at Payne Whitney Gymnasium, the first home meet of the season.
Report by Neil Zheng '19, Yale Sports Publicity