Yale’s swimming and diving teams smashed both the competition and the record books at their meet last Saturday against Penn and Dartmouth.
The women’s team (3–1 Ivy) beat Penn (3–6, 2–5 Ivy) 161–138 and Dartmouth (4–2, 3–2) 174–126, while the men’s team (5–0, 4–0) won 188–112 against Penn (5–3, 3–3) and 174–126 against Dartmouth (2–3 Ivy). The men’s and women’s teams each broke pool records along the way in events that included the 100-yard freestyle relay and the 400-yard freestyle relay for the women and the 200-yard invidiual medley, the 200-yard backstroke and the 200-yard butterfly for the men.
“Going into the meet we just wanted to win,” Joan Weaver ’13 said. “We won … but it wasn’t without a fight.”
The Bulldogs had more than just Penn and Dartmouth to fight at their most recent meet. Since Monday classes met on Friday because of the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday, many members of the the team had to be in class late, and so the Elis did not check into their hotel in Hanover, N.H. until about 11:30 p.m. the night before the meet.
The swimmers were also physically tired from their recent training trip and difficult practice schedule, two team members said.
“At this point in the season it’s about training hard and racing tough,” said Cristina Teuscher, the head coach of the women’s swimming and diving team.
She added that the training schedule is designed so that the swimmers will achieve their best times at Ivy League Championships.
Despite these difficulties, both teams had strong performances at Dartmouth. Alexandra Forrester ’13 set the pool record in the 100-yard freestyle with a time of 51.14. The relay team of Forrester, Cassidy Lapp ’15, Hayes Hyde ’15 and Weaver also broke a pool record in the 400-yard freestyle relay with a time of 3:28.67.
While she said Dartmouth is not known to host fast meets, Weaver said, it was still satisfying to break a record at another school.
“Any time you take down someone else’s records at someone else’s pool and have your name on their wall, that’s exciting,” she said.
The men’s team had its fair share of record-breaking excitement as well. Alwin Firmansyah ’15 broke two pool records in the 200-yard butterfly and 200-yard individual medley with times of 1:48.17 and 1:50.37, respectively. Both records were almost 30 years old, men’s captain Christopher Luu ’12 said, and Firmansyah beat both records by over a second.
Another freshman, Rob Harder ’15, set the pool record in the 200-yard backstroke at 1:49.88.
“The freshmen once again proved to be a strong force,” Luu said.
But it was not just the freshmen who had an outstanding meet. Goksu Bicer ’12 won all three of his events. For his first event of the day, the 200-yard medley relay, he teammed up with three freshmen — Mike Lazris ’15, Andrew Heymann ’15 and Firmansyah — to win with a time of 1:32.78. Bicer continued his win streak with a victory in the 100-yard freestyle, which he swam in 45.47, and the 100-yard butterfly, when he clocked in at 49.36.
The divers also had a successful meet. Women’s captain Rachel Rosenberg ’12 won both the 1-meter and the 3-meter diving events for the women’s team, with respective scores of 271.95 and 270.45. For the men’s team, Tyler Pramer ‘14 took second in both the 1-meter and 3-meter events.
Yale now looks ahead to the Harvard-Yale-Princeton meet, which is traditionally the toughest league meet for the Bulldogs.
“We’re all excited to get up [to Boston] and swim,” Weaver said, adding that she hopes “the whole team is ready to throw it out there and see what happens.”
The team will take on Harvard and Princeton in Cambridge, Mass. from Feb. 3 through Feb. 5.