Dirk Bell ’18 has been elected as the 2017–18 next captain of the Yale men’s swimming and diving program, becoming the 114th individual to hold the position since the team’s inaugural season in 1899.
Bell, a native of Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, specializes predominately in freestyle events, having frequently served on Yale’s 400-yard freestyle relay throughout the dual meet season. He takes command of a team that is coming off a up-and-down season, earning an impressive 10–2 record in dual meets but falling to a disappointing fourth at the Ivy League championships last February in Cambridge.
Following head coach Tim Wise’s resignation Tuesday, Bell, assistant coach Kevin Norman and diving coach Chris Bergère will play important roles in leading the squad during the interregnum period.
Bell succeeds former captain Alex Goss ’17, who presided over the Bulldogs’ best dual meet record (11–2) since the 2002–03 campaign.