- Complete results
- January 22, 2017
- Men: Yale 193, Cornell 107
Courtesy of Yale Athletics
The Yale men’s swimming and diving team took victory, 193 – 107, in a dual meet over Cornell on Sunday. The team remains undefeated in the Ivy League after a day of great performances at Cornell.
Yale’s divers started off the meet with strong performances. Freshman Chris LaBella had a standout performance, placing first in the one-meter diving and runner-up in the three-meter diving. Senior Anthony Mercadante took fourth in both diving events as well and just barely missed third in the three-meter diving.
The Bulldogs also found success in the relay events against Cornell. In the 200-yard medley relay, Yale took second and third with times of 1:30.60 and 1:33.86 respectively. Moreover, the team captured first and third in the 400-yard medley relay. Yale’s winning relay clocked in at 3:04.45, over three seconds ahead of the next finish.
Continuing the momentum of the team, senior Ben Lerude took first in the 1000-yard freestyle while freshman Matt Slabe followed up for second. Lerude’s time of 9:33.15 was over 10 seconds ahead of his Cornell opponent and he went on to take runner-up in the 500-yard freestyle.
Adding to his string of wins, junior Kei Hyogo had another big day for the team. Hyogo won both the 200-yard and 500-yard freestyle events with a significant lead. In the 200-yard freestyle, Hyogo touched over two seconds ahead of his closest opponent – sophomore Adrian Lin, who took second in the event – and finished over six seconds ahead in the 500-yard freestyle.
Rounding out the freestyle events, Yale’s sprinters scored critical points for the team. Junior Aaron Greenberg placed first in the 50-yard freestyle with a time of 20.34, almost half a second ahead of his opponents. Meanwhile, sophomore Scott Bole took runner-up in the 100-yard freestyle at 46.28 with freshman Henry Gaissert close behind in third at 46.43.
Yale’s backstrokers posted great performances at the meet, shutting out Cornell in both the 100-yard and 200-yard backstroke events. In the 100-yard backstroke, junior Shawn Nee took first at 50:16 with sophomore Edward Stolarski following up in second. The duo – Nee and Stolarski –also took first and second in the 200-yard backstroke respectively with senior Alex Schultz rounding out the sweep in third.
The Bulldogs saw similar success in the butterfly events. Freshman Duncan Lee won the 200-yard butterfly with Schultz just behind in the second. Meanwhile, Greenberg branched out from his sprint freestyle events to take first in the 100-yard butterfly ahead of Bole in second.
Not to be outdone, Yale’s breaststrokers captured wins throughout the meet. Juniors Jonathan Rutter and Derek Kao battled it out for runner-up in the 100-yard breaststroke; Rutter out-touched Kao at 56.84, just five hundredths of a second ahead. Rutter also took first in the 200-yard breaststroke with Kao following in third.
Building on his earlier performances, Rutter went on to win the 200-yard individual medley. He led Yale’s one-two-three sweep in the event, with freshman Tristan Furnary and Lee in second and third respectively.
Following their most recent win against Cornell, the Bulldogs will be 5 – 0 in the Ivy League. The team will be taking on Harvard and Princeton at the annual HYP meet in early February to conclude their dual meet season.