Nutmeg Invitational Starts Up at Yale

NEW HAVEN, Connecticut, December 2. ON perhaps the busiest day of its 2006-7 season, the Yale men's swimming team hosted five different schools at the Nutmeg Invitational. Thomas Robinson led the way with his win in the 100 yard backstroke. The Yale women also got underway. The first of two sessions were highlighted by Jane Kim's win in the 50 yard freestyle.

In a buzzing Kiphuth Exhibition Pool, the Bulldogs faced a wealth of strong competition from the likes of Syracuse, UMass and La Salle. Yale's highest finisher in the morning session was Chris Pool, who came 2nd in the 50 yard freestyle. Pool won his heat – heat 13 – by narrowly edging UMass' Evan Swisher by 0.03 seconds. Pool's time of 21.92 secured 2nd overall behind another UMass swimmer, AJ Vozella.

The Elis had one of their deepest performances in the 200 yard individual medley. The Bulldogs captured 3rd through 6th and 9th, taking five of the top ten spots. Kyle McElroy led Yale with a 3rd place overall after swimming a time of 1:58.37. Yale's next three highest finishers all came in the same heat. Thomas Robinson, Colin Stalnecker and Morgan Locke finished 1st, 2nd and 3rd respectively in heat 7 to secure 4th, 5th and 6th place overall for the Bulldogs. Chris Dufek rounded out Yale's half of the top ten with his ninth-place finish in a time of 2:00.14.

In the 500 yard freestyle, Yale's deep squad of distance swimmers claimed 6th, 7th and 8th. Kevin Pudas finished 3rd in heat 6 in a time of 4:43.82 to take 6th overall. Ilya Byzov finished just behind Pudas in heat 6 to take 7th overall, and Kent Garber finished 8th overall with his time of 4:45.43.

The evening session was highlighted by Thomas Robinson's win in the 100 yard backstroke. Robinson finished first with his time of 52.52. The Bulldogs also got another strong performance from Chris Pool, who finished second in the 200 yard freestyle.

Elsewhere, Colin Stalnecker, put in a strong performance for the Bulldogs in the 100 meter breaststroke, finishing 2nd overall. Finally, Kyle McElroy finished 3rd in the 400 yard individual medley.

In the women's meet, Kim gave the Bulldogs their first win of the meet with her victory in the 50 free. Her time of 24.57 in heat 11 not only edged teammate Alexis Mann for 1st in the heat, but also put her 1st overall. Mann's time of 24.77 was 2nd overall, and Andrea Clifford captured 4th overall with her 3rd place finish behind Mann in the same heat.

Yale's distance swimmers were led in the morning session by Caroline Dowd. Dowd finished 2nd in the 500 yard freestyle. Her time of 5:06.44 was not enough to beat Central Connecticut's Kristen Jurzynski.

In the afternoon session, Brenna Davis and Marilee Kiernan finished 5th and 6th respectively in the 100 yard breaststroke. Davis finished with a time of 1:08.80 with Kiernan close behind in 1:08.83.

The Bulldogs also had a strong showing in the 200 yard freestyle. Yale captured 4th, 6th and 10th in the event. Chase Butler finished 4th in a time of 1:56.22, closely followed by Nicole Swaney, who finished in 6th with a time of 1:57.18. Dowd finished in 10th.

Yale also got a strong performance out of Ashley Kochanek, who finished in 3rd in the 400 yard Individual Medley. Kochanek finished in a time of 4:40.80. In addition to Kochanek's performance, the Bulldogs performed well in the 100 yard butterfly. Katelyn Kane and Jane Kim claimed 5th and 6th respectively.