Cornell’s Phil Baity relied on his experience and natural talent to turn back to the field in the 200y Backstroke final.
A year ago Baity was upended by then-freshman, Jordan Diekema, in Diekema’s home Blodgett Pool. In the preliminaries, Diekema proved that the big 2008 upset wasn’t a fluke as he threw down a vicious 1:44.33 split.
But something happened in Diekema’s night swim. He faltered in an inexplicable manner and limped towards the wall at a seemingly pedestrian 1:49.52 compared to his morning swim. And Baity used that to his advantage.
For Baity, the victory was part vindication and part vengeance. Dropping his 1:46.19 to an NCAA “B” split of 1:44.36, the senior took home the top position and the 2009 Ivy League championship. It was his last individual race as a collegian, and to go out on top is a special thing.
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