NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The Yale men's swimming and diving team defeated Brown 211 – 89 in their 2017-18 season opener at home on Nov. 4. The Bulldogs found great success in a wide-variety of events, winning all but one event and sweeping three events.
"It was a great team win today in which everyone contributed," remarked Jim Henry, the Robert J.H. Kiphuth Coach of Men's and Women's Swimming and Diving. "The team fed off of each other's energy and came out ahead on many close races."
Kicking off the meet with a strong start, Yale's 'A' relay – junior Edward Stolarski, first year Tim Dorje Wu, senior Kei Hyogo and senior Aaron Greenberg – claimed first with a time of 1:30.47. The Bulldogs also took third in the event with a time of 1:32.36.
In the 1000-yard freestyle, Hyogo took an early lead in the 1000-yard freestyle, winning the event with a time of 9:20.65. First year Patrick Frith swam in a tight race for second-place against Brown's Grant Casey. Behind at the 950-yard mark, Frith rallied to overtake Casey in the final 50-yards to finish runner-up in the event.
Hyogo also placed first in the 500-yard freestyle with at time of 4:26.11. His time was the 17th fastest time in the nation at the time of the meet. Following Hyogo, sophomore Matt Slabe finished third with a time of 4:42.57.
Yale also found success in the 200-yard freestyle. Senior Jonathan Rutter got a good start in the 200-yard freestyle, maintaining his lead to finish first with a time of 1:38.97. Following Rutter, junior Adrian Lin overtook Brown's swimmer to claim second at 1:41.23.
In the sprint freestyle events, Greenberg led the Bulldogs with first-place finishes in both the 50-yard and 100-yard freestyles. Moreover, his time of 20.07 was 0.5 seconds ahead of his opponents and the 17th fastest time in the nation at the time of the meet.
Yale swept the 100-yard backstroke with a one-two-three finish in the event. Leading the Bulldogs, senior Shawn Nee won the event with a 49.61 with Stolarski close behind in second at 50:36. First year Tyler Harmon rounded out the group, touching third with a time of 51:42. The 200-yard backstroke was more hotly contested. In the second position at the 150-yard mark, Nee had a strong finish and out-touched his opponent by less than 0.1 seconds to claim first at 1:51.33.
Yale had a slower start to the 100-yard breaststroke with Brown swimmers in the first and second position at the 50-yard mark. However, the Bulldogs overtook Brown in the latter half of the event with Wu claiming first at 56.78 and senior Derek Kao finishing runner-up at 57.08. The Bulldogs also had a slow start in the 200-yard breaststroke with Brown swimmers in the lead. However, Rutter took the lead after the 100-yard mark to finish first at 2:03.67 while Wu overtook the Brown swimmers in the last 50-yards to finish runner-up with a time of 2:05.98.
In the 200-yard butterfly, junior Joey Carbone started off the race in the fourth position at the 50-yard mark. Rallying at the 150-yard mark, Carbone out-touched his opponent by 0.2 seconds to win the event with a time of 1:51.78. Sophomore Duncan Lee followed closely behind with a third-place finish at 1:52.30. Sophomore Ryan Huizing also found success in the 100-yard butterfly and just missed second by less than 0.1 seconds.
First-year divers Christian DeVol and Timothy Luz led the Bulldogs in the diving events. DeVol took first in the one-meter diving with a score of 334.57 with Luz following up in second with a score of 305.02. The Bulldogs also swept the three-meter diving with DeVol and Luz again claiming first and second, respectively. Sophomore Christopher LaBella finished the sweep with a third-place finish.
The Bulldogs posted strong finishes in the 200-yard individual medley, sweeping the final individual event of the meet. Rutter led the charge with a first-place finish at 1:51.71. Following closely behind, sophomore Tristan Furnary and first year Jonathan Liao touched at second and third, respectively.
Yale closed out the meet with an exciting win in the 400-yard freestyle relay. The 'A' relay – sophomore Henry Gaissert, sophomore Max Bottene, Hyogo and Greenberg – were neck-to-neck with Brown's top relay after the second leg of the relay. However, Hyogo took the lead in the third leg and Greenberg took it home for the win at 2:59.23. Yale's 'B' relay also took third with a time of 3:07.13.
With their first win of the season under their belt, the Bulldogs challenge Columbia in New York next weekend on Saturday, Nov. 11.
Report by Neil Zheng '19, Yale Sports Publicity.