Yale Set to Race Against 9-0 Navy

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Michelle Huang. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – For the third straight weekend this month the Yale women's swimming and diving team will fight to keep this season's dual meet record a perfect one.  The Bulldogs will travel to Annapolis, Md., for a dual meet against the Naval Academy on Saturday.  After last week's win over Dartmouth and Penn, the Bulldogs are now 5-0.  The Midshipmen or "Mids" are 9-0 following their win last week over Vermont, whom the Bulldogs defeated back on Dec. 4.  Of its nine wins Navy has scored over 200 points in six of them.  Come Sunday, one of these two teams will have its first dual meet loss of the season.

At this point last year the Bulldogs were gearing up to host Navy in this matchup.  Over the course of the meet three pool records were broken and divers Paige Meneses and Rachel Rosenberg qualified for the NCAA Zone Diving Championships in the three-meter and one-meter events, respectively.  Like in any close meet, the outcome came down to the final event.  Going into the 400-yard freestyle relay the score was Yale 143, Navy 140.  Though Yale's relay teams took second and third, Navy had a strong final leg and the points it earned for its first-place finish won it the meet.  The final score was 151-149.  Navy's margin of victory could not have been much smaller.

Both Navy and Yale have storied traditions when it comes to swimming.  The Yale swimming and diving program has been around since 1898, the Midshipmen since 1921.  The Naval Academy played host to the very first NCAA Championship meet in 1924.  Women first enrolled in the Naval Academy in 1976 – seven years after Yale became coed – and the Navy women's swimming and diving team saw its inception in the fall of 1978.  For over three decades the two teams have been Division I rivals, and after last year's close finish, the Bulldogs are poised to take back their stake in the rivalry this weekend. 

The meet will take place at 12:00 p.m. on Saturday at Navy's Lejeune Hall.

Report filed by Yale Sports Publicity