February 3, 2010

Yale Edges Bears at UMass Dartmouth by 137-161 Margin

Junior Conor Carlucci had a hand in three victories for the Bears on Wednesday afternoon, but it wasn't enough to hold off the Bulldogs, as Yale came away with a 161-137 victory over Brown on the campus of UMass Dartmouth.  Carlucci swam a leg of the winning 200 medley relay, and added individual wins in the 100 and 200 breaststroke, but Yale's depth won the day for the visitors.

The Bears led off the day with the 200 medley relay, where Carlucci teamed with J.D. Pinto, Robbie Norton, and Timothy Juhn to pick up an opening win in perhaps the most exciting race of the day.  The Brown quartet crossed the line in 1:33.47, edging Yale by the slimmest possible margin, as the Bulldogs came in at 1:33.48.

In the individual events, Carlucci picked things up in the 100 breast, winning in very convincing fashion over the field, including Juhn, who finished second.  Carlucci turned in a blistering first 50 meters, and continued pulling away from the pack to finish in 56.97 seconds, with Juhn coming in at 58.41.

In the 200 fly, Brown freshman Tyler Benster picked up another win for Bruno, turning in a time of 1:54.89 to edge Jared Lovett of the Bulldogs, who finished in 1:55.28.  Carlucci then followed with his third win of the day in the 200 breast, again swimming to a comfortable victory over the field, finishing in 2:07.15, over a second ahead of the next competitor.

Brown finished out the individual events with another win, as Ryan Kikuchi took the top spot on the podium in the 200 IM, followed by Ian Slater in second place.  The duo turned in impressive times of 1:55.06 and 1:56.52 respectively to earn the sweep.  The day then concluded with a win in the 400 free relay, as the quartet of Tucker Wetmore, Pinto, Juhn, and James Hunter swam a 3:07.92 to pick up the win.

The Bears will be back in action on Saturday, when they travel to Ithaca to take on the Cornell Big Red.