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Bulldogs Finish Fourth at Virginia Tech Invitational

(photo by Alexandra Schmeling '16)
(photo by Alexandra Schmeling '16)

Blacksburg, Va.  –  Yale men's swimming and diving team held their fourth place position on the final day of the Virginia Tech Invitational, finishing with a score of 466.5.  Virginia Tech won the competition with a final score of 1287.  

Leading off the evening to a great start, senior Ben Lerude took second place in the 1650-yard freestyle with a time of 15:39.09.  Freshman Christopher Miller followed up with an eighth place finish at 15:52.87.  

Barely missing out on the 'A' finals, junior Shawn Nee and sophomore Edward Stolarski finished 12th and 11th respectively, scoring critical points for the team.  

In the 100-yard freestyle, junior Aaron Greenberg and freshman Henry Gaissert qualified for the 'A' finals at second and seventh seed respectively.  Greenberg did not swim in the finals, but Gaissert overtook multiple swimmers to place third in the event at 45.26.  

Junior Jonathan Rutter continued the momentum with a fifth place finish in the 200-yard breaststroke at 2:00.71.  In the 'B' finals, junior Derek Kao, who just barely missed qualifying for the 'A' finals, blazed through the competition to win his finals and place ninth in the event.  Kao cut over a second and a half to touch at 2:01.87.  Rounding out the breaststrokers, captain Alex Goss placed 15th with a time of 2:06.30. 

Sophomore Joey Carbone led the Yale butterfliers in the 200-yard butterfly, touching fifth with a time of 1:50.75.  In the 'B' finals, freshman Duncan Lee finished 10th at 1:51.10 while Lerude placed 14th at 1:53.55. 

Rounding out the competition, Yale's 'A' 400-yard freestyle relay team touched third at 3:01.76 in the event with freshman Tristan Furnary, Gaissert, sophomore Adrian Lin and Rutter.  Yale's 'B' relay team also scored points in the event, finishing 13th at 3:06.62. 

Following the conclusion of their mid-season invitational, the Bulldogs will travel to University of Connecticut on Dec. 3 to face off against UConn and Boston University. 


Report by Neil Zheng '19, Yale Sports Publicity