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Yale Keeps It Close at Columbia, Greenberg Breaks Pool Record

Photo courtesy of John S. Lapides ‘72
Photo courtesy of John S. Lapides ‘72

NEW YORK – The Yale men's swimming and diving team fell just short against Columbia 164-136 on Saturday, Nov. 11. The Bulldogs showed resolve at the meet, claiming seven event wins throughout the competition, including a new Columbia pool record in the 50-yard freestyle.

Yale had strong performances in the freestyle events.  In the sprint freestyle events, senior Aaron Greenberg led the charge with two individual wins in the 50-yard and 100-yard freestyle with times of 19.96 and 44.63, respectively. Moreover, Greenberg's time in the 50-yard freestyle broke the Columbia pool record and was 16th in the nation at the time of the meet.  Sophomore Henry Gaissert followed up with a third-place finish in the 50-yard freestyle and a runner-up finish in the 100-yard freestyle at 45.33. 

Senior Kei Hyogo led the Bulldogs in the 500-yard and 1000-yard freestyle events, claiming first with times of 4:26.08 and 9:12.92, respectively. Hyogo's time in the 500-yard freestyle was the 18th fastest in the nation at the time of the meet. Junior Adrian Lin and senior Jonathan Rutter also found success in the 200-yard freestyle, finishing second and third in the event with times of 1:38.97 and 1:40.49, respectively. 

Moreover, Yale swept the 400-yard freestyle relay.  Yale's 'A' relay team – sophomore Max Bottene, Gaissert, Greenberg and Hyogo – won the event with a time of 3:01.00, over six seconds ahead of Columbia's relay.  Yale's 'B' relay – first year Tyler Harmon, sophomore Ryan Huizing, Lin and first year Philippe Marcoux – followed up with a runner-up finish at 3:06.24. 

The Bulldogs struggled in the stroke events but still posted strong performances throughout. In the 200-yard individual medley, Rutter took first with a time of 1:51.56. Sophomore Tristan Furnary finished runner-up at 1:52.72 and ahead of his opponent by over a second. 

Yale also found success in the butterfly events. Hyogo took first in the 200-yard butterfly by over two seconds with a time of 1:48.03. Huizing also finished runner-up in the 100-yard butterfly with a time of 49.96. 

In the backstroke events, junior Edward Stolarski finished third with a time of 50.22, just out-touching senior Shawn Nee. Harmon also had a stand-out performance in the 200-yard backstroke, leading the Yale pack with a time of 1:51.13. In the 200-yard breaststroke, Rutter also took third place at 2:02.99, just missing runner-up by a quarter of a second. 

In the diving events, first year Christian DeVol kept up with Columbia's divers, including last year's Ivy League Champion.  He placed third in both the one-meter and third-meter diving events with scores of 301.05 and 315.53, respectively. 

The Bulldogs are back on the road next week to Columbus, Ohio and will compete at the 2017 Ohio State Invitational.  The invitational will begin on Friday, Nov. 17 and will continue through Sunday, Nov. 19.


Report by Neil Zheng '19, Yale Sports Publicity