NEW HAVEN, Conn.- While most Yale students are still at home enjoying the winter recess, the men's swimming and diving team is on campus, working through some of its toughest practices of the season. This week, the Bulldogs hope to see their hard work pay off in two home meets against Ivy League opponents. Yale will face Cornell on Jan. 7-8, and Dartmouth and Penn on Jan. 11. The Elis ended 2013 with wins at the Bucknell Invitational and a dual meet at Boston University. They will try to claim their first Ivy League victory at Tuesday's meet against Cornell.
The Big Red battled through a front-loaded schedule earlier this season. After a win in its opening meet against Boston College, the team lost to Harvard, Dartmouth, Penn and Princeton. In its most recent meet, Cornell ended its losing streak with a victory at the Bomber Invitational at Ithaca College on Dec. 6.
Dartmouth fell to Harvard in its opening meet, but has defeated Cornell, Brown and Columbia this season. The Big Green is led by senior Nejc Zupan, the Phil Moriarty High Point Swimmer at the 2013 Ivy League Championship Meet. He holds the conference record in the 200-yard breaststroke.
Penn wrapped up 2013 with a first place finish at the Total Performance Invitational, hosted by Kenyon College. The Quakers already have two conference wins to their name, over Cornell and Columbia. They have only lost to Princeton, the five-time defending champion of the Ivy League.
"The team has been training hard during the winter recess. We're excited to return to competition this week against some talented Ivy League teams. I'm confident that we will continue to improve as the championship meet draws closer," said Tim Wise, the Robert J. H. Kiphuth Director of Men's Swimming.
The meet against Cornell begins at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday with the diving competition. The swimming races will start at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday. The meet against Dartmouth and Penn starts on Saturday at 3:00 p.m. Both meets will be held at the Robert J. H. Kiphuth Exhibition Pool.
Report by Josh Mandell '16