The men’s swimming team was unable to keep up with Ivy League powerhouses Harvard and Princeton in last weekend’s H-Y-P meet at Princeton.
Yale (3–6, 1–5 Ivy) trailed both rivals after Friday’s events, and were unable to make up enough ground on Saturday to change their position, falling to the Tigers (6–0) and Crimson (7–2, 6–1) 242–106 and 251–102, respectively. Princeton was the outright winner of the meet, and now leads the conference heading into its final Ivy dual meet of the season against Columbia.
“We knew going in that Harvard and Princeton had depth and talent that we lacked,” captain Tom Robinson ‘10 said. “But we had other goals for the meet. Half our team was shaved and tapered, trying to make the Ivy Championship team, so there were many personal best times.”
Yale’s A-squad of Mike Dominski ’13, Craig Steen ’10, Kyle Veatch ’11, and Goksu Bicer ’12 took third place in Saturday’s first event, the 200-yard medley relay. In the 400-yard individual medley, Jared Lovett ’13 finished fourth with a time of 4:00.77. Bicer followed in similar fashion, securing fourth in the 100-yard freestyle.
Robinson gave Yale its first victory of the meet in the 200-yard backstroke, recording a time of 1:48.16. Bicer followed this up with a second-place finish in the 100-yard butterfly. Matt Lee ’11 then earned Yale a second place in the 500-yard freestyle, and Steen took fourth in the 200-yard breaststroke.
Drew Teer ‘10 — one of three Eli divers to qualify for NCAA zones in the previous week’s meet against Navy — finished second in the one-meter event with a score of 291.95.
“H-Y-P gave us an idea of the competition that we’ll face [at the Ivy League Championships],” Veatch said. “The top heat at Ivies will basically be filled with Princeton and Harvard swimmers. Now we know what to expect.”
The Elis face Brown Wednesday at 3 p.m. at UMass-Dartmouth in their final Ivy League dual meet of the year.