Big Three Meet in Princeton for HYP
All Three Schools Undefeated in Ivy League
NEW HAVEN, Conn. - Yale will head to Princeton this weekend to take on the Tigers and Harvard in the Bulldogs' toughest meet of the year. Harvard and Princeton have dominated the Ivy League for the last couple of years, and the Bulldogs will be looking to knock them off their pedestal. Yale comes into the meet 6-1 in dual meets and 4-0 in the Ivy League. Harvard and Princeton both come in with undefeated records. Harvard is 5-0 having faced only Ivy opponents and Princeton is 4-0 also having faced only Ivy opponents.
The last time Yale, Harvard and Princeton met, Harvard won the meet with Princeton coming in a close second. The Bulldogs lost to Harvard 232-87 and to Princeton 209-110. The issue last year was depth as Yale would often only score points with one swimmer, while Harvard and Princeton were scoring with multiple swimmers. Senior Susan Kim was the only swimmer to win an event at last year's meet, when she won the 100-yard breaststroke and nearly won the 200-yard event as well.
The Bulldogs are coming off their first dual meet loss of the season. Yale fell in a nail biter to Navy last weekend by a score of 151-149. Navy won nine events to Yale's seven, and, most importantly, won the deciding 400-yard freestyle relay to finish out the meet. Yale came into the final event winning by two points, and led for the first 390 yards, but Navy overtook Yale in the last 10 yards to claim the event and consequently the meet. Kim won three events on the day: 100-yard breaststroke, 200-yard breaststroke and 200-yard IM. Sophomore Emily Dominski and freshman Alex Forrester also each won an event. The real stars of the day were the divers. Yale won both diving events, sweeping the one-meter diving. But the highlight of the meet was sophomore Rachel Rosenberg and freshman Paige Meneses qualifying for the NCAA Zone Diving Championships.
This year's meet will take place in Princeton's DeNuzio pool. The pool was built in 1990 as one of the fastest pools in the nation. It has stands to hold 1,700 spectators which they filed when Princeton hosted the 1999 Ivy League Championships. It has since then hosted a number of Ivy and EISL championship races.
The meet will take place over two days beginning Jan. 30.
Report filed by Charles Moor e '10, Yale Sports Publicity