January 27, 2011

Crimson, Tigers Come to Town

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The annual triangle swim meet between Harvard, Princeton and Yale will take place in snowy New Haven this Friday and Saturday.  The Bulldogs of the Yale women's swimming and diving team will play host to the Crimson and Tigers for their fourth consecutive dual meet this month.  The three programs of Harvard, Princeton and Yale account for 30 of the 33 Ivy League women's swimming and diving titles, Princeton for nine of the last 11.  Needless to say, a lot is at stake this weekend.

Yale will dive into Kiphuth Exhibition Pool on Friday unbeaten in conference matchups.  The Bulldogs are 5-1 this season, but with four of those wins against Columbia, Cornell, Dartmouth and Penn they are undefeated in the Ivy League.  Unfortunately, so are Harvard and Princeton.  Harvard is 5-0 in the Ivy League, and if the Crimson pick up two more wins this weekend they will have wins over everyone in the league.  The Tigers, the reigning Ivy League Champions, are 4-0, and with their most recent win over Dartmouth last weekend, the Tigers' dual meet winning streak now stands at 35 consecutive wins. 

The Bulldogs are coming off their first loss of the season last week against the Naval Academy.  Like many of Yale's dual meets this year it was a close one, but the metric format of the meet proved tough and Yale fell 161-139.  Sophomore Molly Albrecht stood out, winning all three of her individual events.  The high point of the meet, however, was definitely the diving.  Paige Meneses and Rachel Rosenberg both had season and collegiate bests in the one-meter and three-meter events, respectively.

Competition will kick off Friday at Kiphuth Exhibition Pool inside Payne Whitney Gymnasium with diving at 2:00 p.m. and swimming at 6:00 p.m.  Diving will resume at 10:00 a.m. Saturday morning and swimming will resume at 12:00 p.m. Saturday afternoon.

Report filed by Tom Lynam '13, Yale Sports Publicity

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