Providence, R.I. – The Yale men's swimming and diving team finished fifth with 1035.5 points at the 2019 Ivy League Championships. Throughout the four days of competition, the Bulldogs set numerous personal bests and broke a school record in the 400-yard medley relay.
First year Cristian Bell started off the evening finals with a fifth place finish in the 200-yard backstroke at 1:45.57. Bell also swam a big personal best in the morning prelims at 1:44.74, earning his first NCAA B qualifying cut.
The Bulldogs kept up the momentum in the 100-yard freestyle. Junior Henry Gaissert set a personal best in the 100-yard freestyle at 42.86, claiming runner-up in the event. Senior Adrian Lin followed up in ninth with a personal best at 43.30. Both Gaissert and Lin achieved NCAA 'B' qualifying cuts with their times.
The team found success in the 200-yard breaststroke. First year Calvin Yang led the team at fifth place with a time of 1:57.93, earning his first NCAA B qualifying time. Sophomore Sam Pekarek followed up closely behind in sixth at 1:58.68, dropping nearly a second from his best time.
The sophomores had strong performances throughout the meet. In the 200-yard butterfly, sophomore Patrick Frith touched at seventh place at 1:45.91 and sophomore Christian DeVol finished fourth in the three-meter diving events with 346.70 points.
Closing out the meet, Yale's 400-yard freestyle relay – Lin, junior Max Bottene, first year Nathan Stern and Gaissert – claimed third place with a time of 2:52.79. Notably, Gaissert swam the fastest split of the event by over half a second at 42.01.
"It was a great week of competition filled with many fast swims and great dives," remarked Jim Henry, the Robert J.H. Kiphuth Coach of Men's and Women's Swimming and Diving. "Our seniors were outstanding in leading our team to many personal bests in every session of the meet. I am proud of the fight this team put up in a very close race."
The Bulldogs' new record is listed below:
400-yard medley relay - Harmon, Wu, Frith, Gaissert (3:12.41)
Report by Neil Zheng '19, Yale Sports Publicity