NEW HAVEN, Conn. – This weekend the Yale women's swimming team will head to Boston, but not to watch the football team square off against Harvard. Instead the women's swimming team will be putting in two solid days of work at Boston University's Terrier Invitational. This meet is the second of the season for the Bulldogs as they look to build on the momentum gained from their win over Columbia in their season opener last Friday.
The meet this weekend will be somewhat different from a traditional dual meet. The Terrier Invitational is a championship-style meet with trials in the morning and finals in the afternoon. Except for a select group heading to Short Course Nationals in early December, this will be the only meet with preliminaries and finals that Yale will attend as a team this season before Ivy Championships in February. This racing format will also feature several events that are not contested in a dual meet, including the 400-yard individual medley, 800-yard freestyle relay and the 1650-yard freestyle. No divers will be competing this weekend.
In recent years the Terrier Invitational has been a tough fit in the Bulldogs' season. In 2008, Yale finished ninth after sending only eight swimmers to Boston, opting to send most of the team to a dual meet against Southern Connecticut State instead. Last year the Bulldogs had a similar meet scheduled against SCSU for the day after racing concluded at the Terrier Invitational. This year, the focus will be entirely on the Terrier, with the next meet not being for another two weeks. The Bulldogs hope to take the momentum that has been building for them at this meet over the last two years, and match it with the momentum coming off last week's 174-126 win over Columbia to come home from Boston with a win.
Besides Yale, the other schools that will be in attendance include Northeastern, UMass Amherst, New Hampshire, Central Connecticut State, Holy Cross, Drexel and of course Boston University.
Last year Yale took second overall at the Terrier Invitational. The Bulldogs racked up 779 points over three days of racing, winning a total of seven individual events and one relay event. Boston University defended their home pool, placing first with a score of 819.5 points. With the Bulldogs finishing so close behind the Terriers last year, one thing is certain about this year's meet: it is going to be a dogfight.
The Bulldogs will open at the Terrier the morning of Nov. 20. The meet will come to a close on Nov. 21.
Report filed by Yale Sports Publicity