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  1. Legendary swimming coach Moriarty dies at 98

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    Phil Moriarty, a Yale swimming and diving coach who led athletes to collegiate championships and Olympic medals over his four-decade career, died of natural causes last Saturday. He was 98.

    Moriarty, who began coaching in 1939, arrived in New Haven when Yale’s swimming program was a national powerhouse. After serving as assistant to head coach Bob Kiphuth, he built on the legendary coach’s success, guiding his teams to a 195–25 dual-meet record and 11 Eastern Intercollegiate Swim League championships before retiring in 1976. The athletes Moriarty coached, several of whom went on to win Olympic gold medals, remember him both for his coaching techniques and for being a father figure and source of guidance in and out of the pool.

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    “A coach for an athlete at Yale is someone that they probably see more than any other educator,” said John Lapides ’72, a former Yale swimmer and former president of the Yale Swimming Association. “Those people are really important not just in terms of physical development and achieving athletic goals but also in terms of maturation and personal development. [Moriarty] was one of those coaches.”

    Moriarty came to Yale immediately after graduating high school in 1932. Initially a swimming teacher for Yale students, he eventually joined the swimming and diving coaching staff and went on to coach the U.S. diving team at the 1960 Olympics in Rome. He was elected into the International Swimming Hall of Fame in 1980 and the American Swimming Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 2010.

    His former athletes attribute their successes in the water to Moriarty’s training and credit him with understanding their individual motivations and abilities and adapting his coaching techniques accordingly.

    “I came to Yale as a good swimmer, but Phil’s the guy who got me from there on,” said Mike Austin ’64, a former Yale team captain who won gold in the 4×100-meter freestyle relay at the 1964 Olympics. “He found ways to relate to each of us.”

    Gary Tobian, a gold medalist in the three-meter springboard at the 1960 Olympics, describes Moriarty’s coaching as instrumental to his success. Tobian said Moriarty trained him to execute the mechanics of a dive he had previously struggled to pull off.

    Moriarty’s influence stretched beyond the confines of the pool, his former swimmers said.

    “We were becoming adults and [Moriarty] sort of bent the curve for us a little bit,” David Johnson ’69 MED ’73, a member of the Yale team who swam in the 1968 Olympics, said. “We grew up in a way that was honorable and honest, and all the good things you’d think about people — being friendly, helpful, courteous, kind, cheerful, brave — all of these things, he just inculcated in us like a father would.”

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    Before Johnson applied to Yale, he said he visited New Haven and saw a wall in Payne Whitney Gymnasium listing the names of Yale athletes who had competed at the Olympics. Moriarty told Johnson that his name, too, could be etched into that wall if he tried hard enough.

    Moriarty remained involved with the swimming team even after retiring from his coaching position. His successor, Frank Keefe, said Moriarty contacted him at least once per month for the rest of his life.

    Moriarty moved to Florida in 1981 and had lived there ever since, according to the New York Times. He was visiting Mystic when he died.

    Moriarty is survived by his three children, Philip, Richard and Ellen, seven grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.

    Kirsten Adair contributed reporting.

    Correction and clarification: Aug. 28, 2012

    A previous version of this article misstated the name of Frank Keefe, Phil Moriarty’s successor as coach of the swimming team. The article also implied that John Lapides is the current president of the Yale Swimming Association, a position he no longer occupies. Additionally, a caption accompanying a photo in the article incorrectly stated that Don Schollander ’68 won four Olympic gold medals after captaining the Yale swimming team, when in fact Schollander won the medals in question prior to matriculating at Yale.

  2. M. SWIMMING | Male swimmers snap streak in final home meet

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    After a string of close losses this season, the men’s swimming and diving team came out in full force on Saturday. The teams dominated Brown 171–118 in the dual meet, placing first in almost every event. It was the final home meet of the season for the team.

    Going into the competition, head coach Tim Wise said he expected the meet to be very close.

    “The story of our season has been that we’ve been the team that’s lost a lot close races,” he said. “And this Saturday the team won a lot of close races.”

    This was the last meet before the Ivy League Championships, which will be held at Harvard starting on March 3. Wise said he hoped this meet will put the Yale team in a good position going into the conference meet.

    “Winning is a skill, and we’re trying to acquire that skill. We put it together on Saturday; we’re hoping to carry that momentum into the Ivy League Conference,” Wise said.

    The diving team started off the event with wins in their one meter and three meter events.

    “I thought my divers dove better than expected,” diving coach Chris Bergère said. “All three boys had high scores individually in one of the events for the season at this meet.”

    Bergère noted that the divers were very consistent and had a lot of confidence.

    Eric Olson ’11, the only senior on the men’s team, has competed all four years and ended his career with a win in the one-meter dive and a second place finish in the three-meter event.

    Veatch said that going 1–2 in the diving events before the start of the relay set up a good start to the match. The 200-meter medley relay team then dominated the Brown team, as Mike Dominski ’13, Sam Goldsmith ’11, Goksu Bicer ’12 and captain Kyle Veatch ’11 swam their season best with a time of 1:31.66, dropping over a second off their previous time.

    “[The relay] set the tone for the rest of the meet,” Veatch said.

    The men’s team followed the relay with wins in almost every event other than the breaststroke, with most races having Yale swimmers place first-and-second or first-and-third.

    And though Brown captured first place in the 100-meter breaststroke, Bulldogs placed 2-3-4.

    “It felt great to see all my teammates winning the close races and for us to finally get another win,” Dominski said. “After we won the [400-meter freestyle] relay I was thinking about the celebratory ‘Wenzel’ that I had waiting for me after the race.”

    For the seniors on the men’s team, it was especially gratifying to end this season with a win.

    “It’s been a tough year for us record-wise,” Matt Lee ’11 said. “As seniors, we definitely wanted to end with a win.”

    The dual meet had a larger audience than usual as many seniors had family members in the stands. Lee’s mother came from Michigan to watch his final home meet and his sister, who lives in New York, also came out to support his final home meet.

    Wise said the large turnout could also be attributed to the annual alumni weekend for swimming that was held.

    It was emotional not only because it was the last meet for seniors, Wise added, but also because it was a nice way for them to end their careers with a win, giving the Class of 2011 a 22–21 overall record.

    “If they hadn’t won, it would probably be the first time a class had a four-year overall losing record,” he said.

    There are eight seniors on the men’s swimming team.

  3. M. SWIMMING | UConn defeats male swimmers

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    After setting many new personal records at the previous weekend’s H-Y-P swim meet, the Yale men’s swimming team lost a tough match against UConn on Saturday. The defeat was especially tough because none of the swimmers on Yale’s squad had ever lost to the Huskies.

    The meet, which took place at UConn, placed the struggling Bulldogs (1–6, 1–3 Ivy) against the red-hot Huskies (7–1). After UConn won the closely contested match 168–132, many of the Yale swimmers expressed frustration over the loss.

    “It was very disappointing. It’s the first time UConn has beat us ever,” said Goksu Biçer ’12.

    On Saturday, Biçer ’12 set a pool record in the 100-meter butterfly with a time of 49.37. The record had previously been held by another Yalie, Chris Pool ’09, with a time of 49.47. But Biçer was more concerned with his team’s results, rather than his pool record.

    “I think after [the] H-Y-P [meet] we lost focus a bit. We really need to get back into it, we gotta get back into the game,” he said.

    Captain Kyle Veatch ’11 echoed his teammate’s sentiment of a lack of concentration.

    “I think a lot of guys had a lot of trouble getting back up to race fast,” he said. “It was tough mentally. We had such a big match the week before, and it was hard for a lot of guys to reciprocate that.”

    Despite the disappointing result, several swimmers made a strong showing.

    Chris Luu ’12 performed well with a win in the 200-yard breaststroke (2:08.75) and a second-place showing in the 100-yard breaststroke (59.35).

    Mikey Bogese ’14 also impressed, taking second in the 1,000-yard freestyle (9:28.28) and third in the 200-yard IM (1:55.72).

    “It was a really close meet, we lost a lot of close races and unfortunately we couldn’t pull out the win. It was a pretty disappointing loss,” Mike Dominski ’13 said.

    Next up for the Bulldogs is their final home meet against Ivy League rival Brown (2–3, 1–3 Ivy).

    “They’ve had an interesting season,” Jared Lovett ’12 said. “They’ve lost against Dartmouth [5–4, 1–4 Ivy], but just recently beat Cornell [6–3, 4–3]. It’s going to be a close meet. Either way we’ll definitely need our A-game.”

    The upcoming meet against Brown will take place in the Payne Whitney Gymnasium at 1:00 p.m. this Saturday.

  4. M. SWIMMING | Men’s team falls to Midshipmen

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    After falling behind early against a strong Navy squad, the men’s swimming and diving team’s comeback bid fell short with a 152–131 loss.

    The Elis, following its first conference victory against Dartmouth last week, arrived in Annapolis to take onthe Naval Academy, which now boasts a 9–1 record. Its sole loss came early in the season against the defending ACC champion University of Virginia.

    “Navy right now is a deeper and stronger program than we are right now,” head coach Tim Wise said.

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    In the meet’s first event, the 200-mtr medley relay team of Jason Choi ’11, Chris Luu ’12, Kyle Veatch ’11 and Pat Killian ’14 finished second. Matt Lee ’11 followed up with a second place in the 800-mtr freestyle, continuing his strong showing in distance events this season.

    Navy then pulled ahead by sweeping the top three spots in six events: 50 and 200-mtr freestyle, 100 and 200- backstroke, 100-mtr breaststroke and 200-mtr butterfly.

    The Midshipmen enjoyed strong showings from several underclassmen and juniors Mark Meyer and Mac Anthony.

    Veatch stopped the slide by taking second in the 100-mtr freestyle with a time of 52.39, losing by a third of a second. Then the Bulldogs responded to their captain’s performance and began their comeback.

    “It was certainly a gut-check to fall behind so early,” Veatch said. “But the team responded well to the challenge and put up some good times in the second half of the meet.”

    Luu won the 200-mtr breaststroke in 2:25.13 while Jared Lovett ’13 took second with 2:29.80 and Alex Benz ’12 rounded out the top three in 2:32.04. In the 400-mtr freestyle, freshmen Mike Bogese, West Cutherbert and Killian impressed by taking the top three spots.

    The Elis continued to dominate with Matt Boone ’11 (58.83), Choi (59.36) and Ed Becker ’14 (59.63) sweeping the 100-mtr butterfly.

    Lee took the 200-yard individual medley in 2:10.40, edging teammate Danny McDermott ’14, who finished second with 2:12.70. Scott Shinton ’12 took third with 2:14.30.

    The team rounded out the day with a 1-2-3 finish in the 400-mtr freestyle. The ‘A’ relay team of Mike Dominski ’13, Killian, Boone and Veatch won the event with an impressive 3:31.57.

    Eli divers also had a strong showing. Eric Olson ’11 took first in 3-mtr dive and teammate Tyler Pramer ’14 finished second.

    “Even if we may not have won races at the beginning, the team continued to fight,” Matt Lee ’11 said. “Fortunately things went in our favor and we had some nice performances in several events.”

    The Bulldogs will face an even tougher challenge this weekend at home against Harvard and Princeton, which currently sit atop of the Ivy League standing. But the team is undaunted.

    “We should be able to challenge their prowess in many races,” Veatch said. “The biggest focus is going to put up season bests in all events and get our hands on the wall before the guys swimming next to us.”

    The tri-team meet will begin at 6 p.m. on Saturday and continue on Sunday.

  5. M. SWIMMING | Penn rides clutch win to victory

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    Coming off a loss against Cornell last week, the men’s swimming team tallied its first Ivy League victory on Saturday by beating the visiting Dartmouth Big Green 193-107. But it was a bittersweet experience, as the Bulldogs narrowly lost to Penn 147-153 to split the three-team meet.

    “Overall, we competed well, but we came up a little bit short in the end,” head coach Tim Wise said.

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    While the Bulldogs had no trouble against the Big Green, the Elis went toe-to-toe with the Quakers throughout the meet. There was no clear victor through the first 15 events of the competition, and both teams had a chance to take the meet with a win in the 400-yard freestyle relay, the final event of the day.

    The team of West Cuthbert ’14, Alex Gornitzky ’11, Calvin Jones ’14 and Michael Dominski ’13 finished second with a time of 3:08.75, less than a second behind Penn’s A team, whose win propelled the Quakers ahead of the Bulldogs to take the meet.

    “The team swam very well,” captain Kyle Veatch ’11 said. “We matched up really well against Penn and it was obviously a very close match, and it came down to the last leg of the last relay.”

    Dominski was the anchor for the final relay and said that the loss will only motivate him.

    “It was a pretty painful race to lose,” Dominski said. “You just have to take things in stride and work harder.”

    The 200-yard medley relay team of Veatch, Jason Choi ’11, Chris Luu ’12, and Pat Killian ’14 also finished second earlier in the meet. The Bulldogs’ ‘B’ relay took fourth place in the same event.

    Matt Lee ’11 followed up with a win in the 1000-yard freestyle 9:24.18; it was his fourth consecutive win in that event this season. Lee also took third place in the 500-yard freestyle with 4:36.89 and fourth in the 200-yard freestyle with 1:44.74.

    “The team had great energy,” Lee said. “We did great in supporting each other. A lot of the freshmen stepped up.”

    Killian, who has already made an impressive showing this season, took the 200-yard freestyle in 1:42.53 before finishing the day with third-place finishes in the 50-yard and 100-yard freestyle.

    Mike Bogese ’14 took second in the 200-yard individual medley, and Danny McDermott ’14 posted third-place finishes in the 100 and 200-yard breaststroke. Freshman diver Tyler Pramer ’14 took second place behind Penn’s Jeff Cragg in both the 1-meter and 3-meter competitions.

    Veatch won the 50-yard freestyle in 21.32 and 100-yard butterfly in 49.91, edging teammate Dominski, who finished second in the race. Luu took second place in both the 100-yard and 200-yard breaststroke.

    The team’s next home meet will be a three-team competition on Jan. 29 against conference rivals and perennial powerhouses Harvard and Princeton.

    “We just need to get ready to go as fast as we can, as focused as we can, and give our best shot,” Wise said.

    Lee echoed Wise’s remarks and said that the team needs to control the things it can and not be intimidated by its opponents.

    The team will travel to Annapolis, MD to take on the Naval Academy this weekend.

  6. SWIMMING | Mixed results for swimmers at Cornell

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    The men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams started off the new year with dual meets at Cornell on Saturday, and saw opposite results. The men’s team fell to the Big Red 134–166 while the women won a decisive victory, winning all but four events to finish with a final score of 187–113.

    The men came out to a hot start with four successive victories. Eric Olson ’11 won the 1-mtr diving event while Tyler Pramer ’14 won the 3-mtr diving event with scores of 289.13 and 333.90 respectively.

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    “Cornell has pretty good divers but our divers were great,” captain Kyle Veatch ’11 said. “We were ahead before the [swim] meet even started.”

    The relay team of Jason Choi ’11, Chris Luu ’12, Veatch and Pat Killian ’14 began the swimming events with an exciting finish in the 200-yd medley relay. They clinched first in 1:34.03, only tenths of a second ahead of Cornell.

    The meet continued to look good for the Yale men as Matt Lee ’11 and Mikey Bogese ’14 finished first and third respectively in the 1000-yd freestyle.

    Despite strong performances by Killian, West Cuthbert ’14 and Ed Becker ’14 in the next event, the 200-yd freestyle, the Big Red disrupted the Bulldogs’ momentum and grabbed the victory in the event. Killian finished second in 1:43.42, Cuhtbert finished third in 1:44.50, and Becker finished fifth in 1:44.96.

    The event was the turning point in the meet as Cornell went on to win the next three races.

    Luu lead the charge for the Bulldogs in the breaststroke events but could not keep up with the final surges of Julian Chan of Cornell. Luu finished second in both the 100-yd and 200-yd breaststroke with times of 58.91 and 2:08.52 respectively.

    Veatch continued his successful season in the sprint events, winning both the 50-yd freestyle and 100-yd butterfly with times of 21.30 and 50.11 respectively.

    “I felt best in my 100 fly,” Veatch said. “I thought I swam well considering the ten days of hard swimming before hand. I should have won the 100 free though.”

    Dean Holcomb of Cornell came from behind to win the 100-yd freestyle in 46.85, less than three-tenths of a second ahead of Veatch.

    The Bulldogs needed strong swims from the distance trio, Lee, West Cuthbert ’14 and Bogese, in the 500-yd freestyle to keep within striking distance of the Big Red. Cornell, however, had two touches go in their favor, leaving the Bulldogs with a 2-4-5 finish. Lee touched in 4:39.18, four tenths behind first place. Cuthbert finished in 4:44.62, less than three tenths behind third place, and Bogese finished in 4:45.37.

    “That was the nail in the coffin,” explained Veatch. “We put up a strong fight but just couldn’t do it.”

    The women had a different fate.

    They were propelled to a 187-113 victory by Molly Albrecht ’13, Hayes Hyde ’12, Athena Liao ’12, and Rachel Rosenberg ’12, who won two individual events each.

    “It’s been since the beginning of December since they’ve swum a meet,” head coach Cristina Teuscher said. “They stepped up and did really well. I’m really excited and proud of them.”

    Despite the meet’s conclusive final score, the Bulldogs were challenged in the beginning. The relay team of Cynthia Tsay ’13, Liao, Hyde, and Joan Weaver ’13 were touched-out in the 200-yd medley relay. They finished second in 1:46.38, less than three tenths off of first place.

    That initial loss was quickly remedied in the 1000-yd freestyle. Abby Nunn ’12, Angela Lee ’14 and Maggie Brown ’13 placed first, third, and fourth respectively. And the Bulldogs never looked back from there.

    They went 1-2-3 in the 200-yd freestyle. Albrecht won the event in 1:52.24 as teammates Ileana Lucos ’11 and Annie Killian ’11 finished second and third respectively.

    Tsay continued the Bulldogs’ winning streak, placing first in the 100-yd backstroke in 58.25.

    The most outstanding performances of the day belonged to Liao, who not only won two events but also broke two pool records. In the 100-yd breaststroke, Cornell sophomore Jessie Holley matched Liao stroke-for-stroke through the first two laps but could not hold on as Liao pulled ahead in the final two laps to win with a pool-record time of 1:03.94.

    No competitor came close to Liao in the 200-yd breaststroke. She took the lead from the start and won by over eight seconds with a time of 2:16.47, an NCAA B cut and pool record. The previous record was held by standout Yale swimmer Susan Kim ’10.

    “I was really excited because when I touched the wall after both my races, I didn’t expect to see those times up there [on the scoreboard],” Liao remarked elatedly. “Hopefully it’s a good sign for the rest of the season.”

    The Bulldogs had two more 1-2-3 finishes. In the 100-yd freestyle, Weaver, Erica Kao ’12 and Michelle Huang ’14 finished in 53.66, 54.14, and 54.21 respectively. And in the 500-yd freestyle, Killian, Weaver and Courtney Randolph ’14 touched in 5:09.28, 5:09.38, and 5:10.94 respectively.

    Hyde touched first in both the 200-yd butterfly and 200-yd individual medley.

    “I’m pleased,” Hyde said. “This meet was about getting into the habit of racing. Doing everything right, tactically and mentally. Everyone did really well.”

    Rosenberg also was a double winner. She won both the 1-mtr and 3-mtr diving events with scores of 275.93 and 299.03 respectively.

    The women hope to continue their winning streak next Saturday when both the men’s and women’s teams have home meets against University of Pennsylvania and Dartmouth.

    “There’s a great team atmosphere,” Teuscher said. “We need to keep the pace going and keep everyone healthy. We’ll take one meet at a time.”

  7. M. SWIMMING | Distance swimmers shine at Terrier Invite

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    The men’s swimming team took fourth place in a field of six teams with 615 points at the Terrier Invitational at Boston University during Harvard-Yale weekend. It was the first big travel meet of the season and the only meet with preliminaries and finals before the Ivy League Championships in March.

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    “It was a great learning experience for us, especially the freshmen,” Chris Luu ’12 said. “Almost everybody had a second swim at night [in the finals round].”

    The distance races proved to be the greatest strength for Yale as they were in their dual meet against Columbia earlier this month. Matt Lee ’11 won the 1650-yd freestyle in a time of 15:54.17, followed by his teammates Mikey Bogese ’14 and West Cuthbert ’14 who finished third and eighth respectively. The Bulldogs’ successes come despite the fact that the team saw the Terrier Invite as a training meet and were not as well rested as the other teams.

    “It’s always exciting to see our guys in the top heat especially since our guys weren’t shaved and tapered like the other teams,” Lee said. “In the mile, we did a good job. We got up and swam aggressively.”

    In the 500-yd freestyle, the Bulldogs put six swimmers in the top 16. Lee, Cuthbert and Bogese finished fourth, sixth and seventh respectively. Mike Dominski ’13 won the ‘B’ final in 4:41.79 to place ninth overall, while teammates Ed Becker ’14 and Danny Clarke ’14 finished 14th and 16th overall.

    The Elis had a strong showing in the 200-yd butterfly, placing eight men in the top 24 places. Scott Shinton ’12 led the charge, posting a time of 1:53.67 to nab second place, just ahead of Dominski who finished third in 1:53.88.

    “A great surprise was Mike Dominski in the 200 fly,” Luu said. “That’ll be a lot of help to the team in the future.”

    Jared Lovett ’13, Jason Choi ’11, Cuthbert, Becker, Robert Dowd ’14 and Clarke all scored points for Yale in the event.

    Without standout sprinter Goksu Bicer ’12 who had a conflicting obligation with the Turkish national swim team, the Bulldogs were spread thin in the sprinting events. Captain Kyle Veatch ’11, nonetheless, rose to the occasion and had a busy and successful meet, finishing second in the 100-yd butterfly, third in the 200-yd freestyle, and fifth in the 50-yd and 100-yd freestyle.

    “He had a great 100 fly,” Lee said about Veatch’s race. “There are always solid performances from our captain.”

    The team’s next meet is at the University of Massachusetts on Dec. 4.

  8. M. SWIMMING | Blue end regular season with win

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    This past Saturday marked the last time Frank Keefe stepped into the Kiphuth Exhibition Pool before a meet as the Robert J.H. Kiphuth Director of Swimming. A large crowd of fans, which included the Yale Precision Marching Band, greeted him at the pool, as well as a pre-game ceremony honoring his 32-year career. Despite the meet’s hype, Keefe was focused on the win.

    “The most important thing about today? It brought us back to .500 on the year,” Keefe said in a press release. “We harped on it — we haven’t had a losing season since ’89. Twenty-one years without a losing season — that resonated with them.”

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    The men’s swimming and diving team not only wanted the win to balance their season record, but also wanted to give Keefe a victory in his final home meet — and the Bulldogs did just that, defeating UConn 174–126.

    “It was definitely an emotional day for him,” captain Tom Robinson ’10 said. “You could see it in his eyes and hear it in the way he spoke. Having two wins was definitely the way he wanted to go out.”

    The Elis started the meet in good form, as Mike Dominski ’13, Sam Goldsmith ’11, Goksu Bicer ’12 and Kyle Veatch ’11 took first in the 200-yard medley relay with a time of 1:32.04. Matt Lee’ 11 followed with a win in the gruelling 1,000-yard freestyle.

    The Bulldogs went 1-2 in both the 200-yard freestyle and the butterfly. Lugar Choi ’11 and Veatch come out ahead in the freestyle, while Scott Shinton ’12 and Jared Lovett ’13 did the same in the backstroke. The Elis scored points for second and third place finishes in both the 100-yard backstroke and the breaststroke. Dominski and Robinson went 2-3 in the backstroke, and Steen and Goldsmith fared the same in the breaststroke.

    Bicer fell to UConn’s Kyungsoo Yoon in both the 50- and 100-yard freestyle in heartbreaking fashion, losing by 0.03 and 0.19 seconds, respectively. In contrast, after a tight race between Robinson and UConn’s Alexander Davidson in the 200-yard backstroke, in which Davidson was initially given the victory with an inaccurate time, Robinson ultimately came out on top.

    The Elis continued to prove their dominance with a 2-3 finish from Steen and Chris Luu ’12 in the 200-yard breaststroke, and a 1-2 from Dominski and Lee in the 500-yard freestyle. Bicer (49.71), Veatch (50.84) and Matt Boone ’12 (50.92) swept the 100-yard butterfly, and Lovett won the 200-yard IM with a time of 1:54.02. The Bulldogs ended the day with a convincing, three-second victory in the 400-yard freestyle relay from Veatch, Robinson, Dominski and Choi.

    On the diving front, Drew Teer ’10 took third in the 3-meter event, while Colton Staab ’12 finished the same in the 1-meter.

    “It was good to end the season with this kind of win,” Matt Lee said. “[The fans] didn’t pack the pool, but in my three years it was the most exciting atmosphere I’ve seen. I’m glad it turned out that way for Coach Keefe’s last meet here.”

    With the dual meet season finished, the Elis now look forward to the Ivy League Championships on March 4 in Princeton, N.J.

    “At this point in the swim season, your focus heightens,” Robinson said. “You have a week to train and then begin tapering, and you want to make sure you practice right so the team is ready for Ivies.”