It's been an impressive season for the Yale men's swimming and diving team so far. The Bulldogs have powered their way through five meets, winning all of them, including four victories over conference foes. But the young and talented Elis will face what is, by far, their toughest test of the season when they face off against perennial powers Harvard and No. 24 Princeton this weekend in Cambridge.
Harvard and Princeton have distanced themselves from the rest of the Ivy League pack in recent years, and dominated the Ivy League swim scene for much of the last few decades. In fact, either the Crimson or Tigers have won a share of every Ivy League title since the 1970-71 season, with Princeton taking an astounding six straight coming into this year. Both teams also have unblemished Ivy League records entering this weekend's meet.
So this year's much-improved Yale squad will be looking to make a statement, while keeping their eyes on the ultimate prize: the Ivy League Championship meet March 1-3 in Princeton. This weekend's H-Y-P showdown will be good experience in heated competition for the Bulldogs' freshmen, who have ignited the team's rise this season. The class has been a versatile and consistent presence that has complimented the small corps of upperclassmen nicely for Robert J.H. Kiphuth Director of Swimming Tim Wise's squad.
They will face off for what should be the first of many exciting showdowns with classes from Harvard and Princeton that have been equally as impressive: Harvard's Chuck Katis, for example, grabbed three wins against the Big Ten's Ohio State recently, while the Tigers' Harrison Wagner is the owner of the Ivy League's top 50-free time this season.
Both Harvard and Princeton boast that kind of talent up and down the lineup, but Yale will look to show the dynamic duo at the top of the Ancient Eight may soon be expanding to a trio in the next few years. The Bulldogs' quest to that end continues Saturday in a meet that will be streamed live on Harvard's athletic website here: http://client.stretchinternet.com/client/harvard.portal#
Report filed by Chelsea Janes '12, Yale Sports Publicity