Any suspicions surrounding Friday the 13th did not deter the Yale Men’s Swimming and Diving teams from overcoming their opponents from Navy, 136-107, but they still fell to Cornell, 136-107.
In their first meet after returning from a winter training trip in Puerto Rico, the Elis (4-2, 1-2 EISL) placed well in most of their events against Navy (9-3, 2-3) and Cornell (5-2, 4-2) this past weekend in Ithaca, N.Y. despite falling to the Big Red.
“Overall, I’m proud of how we swam,” Geof Zann ’07 said. “Cornell is a very strong dual meet team, because they lack depth but have very strong individual performers. Obviously, we would have liked to win both, but I’m happy we beat Navy.”
Andrew Foss ’07 achieved notable finishes in the 200-meter and 500-meter free, placing second and first, respectively, with times of 1:40.60 and 4:34.67. He, along with Kieran Locke ’06, Chris Pool ’09 and Alex Righi ’09, also took second in the 400-meter free relay with a time of 3:06.03.
Four swimmers also placed third in the 400-meter medley relay. Zann, Colin Stalnecker ’08, Ben Dzialo ’07, and Pool completed the race with a time of 3:31.04.
Other noteworthy finishes were those of Brendan Everman ’06 in the 1,000-meter free, Dennan McCloskey ’09 in the 200-meter IM, Pool in the 200-meter fly, Righi in the 100-meter free, and Stalnecker in the 200-meter breast, all of whom completed their events by finishing in second place. The 200-meter breast was an especially close race, with Stalnecker finishing in a time of 2:09.41, only .05 seconds behind the winner, Cornell’s David Mckechnie.
Locke attributed his teammates’ strong performances to their training efforts over the winter break.
“I think we did a lot of hard work on our training trip in Puerto Rico over Christmas break, and I think it’s going to pay off as the season progresses,” Locke said. “We want to swim fast at every single meet, but the championship meet is what we’re ultimately focusing on.”
The Bulldogs also swept second through fourth places in the one-meter dive. Jeff Lichtenstein ’08 took a smooth lead with a score of 280.85, followed by Doug Scott ’08 with 273.80 and Pat Hayden ’08 with 265.35. Scott also dove to a third place finish in the three-meter event.
“As a team, I think the general consensus was that everyone did pretty well for themselves,” Hayden said. “It was encouraging to beat Navy, and the loss to Cornell was a little disappointing, because we certainly beat them in the past, but I think that most people would agree that we can probably handle them in the postseason.”
The Bulldogs will next compete on Friday, Jan. 20, in a meet against Fairfield (1-7) at the Kiphuth Pool before traveling to Hanover, N.H. to compete against Dartmouth (0-5. 0-5) and UPenn (3-3, 0-3) on Saturday.