Yale Heads to Hanover to Race Against Big Green, Quakers

Alexandra Forrester (bottom) and Michelle Huang (top). (photo by Tom Lynam '13, Yale Sports Publicity)
Alexandra Forrester (bottom) and Michelle Huang (top). (photo by Tom Lynam '13, Yale Sports Publicity)

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Though the Bulldogs have been enjoying more success at home this season, the Yale women's swimming and diving team will hope to take that success on the road when they race against Dartmouth and Penn in Hanover, N.H., this weekend.  All three teams still have their respective training trips fresh in their minds, Yale and Penn training in Florida and Dartmouth in Hawaii.  With this added fitness from winter break still being realized, this Saturday's meet will be an important time for the Bulldogs to gain footing within the Ivy League before the team takes the following two weekends off of racing.

This past weekend the Bulldogs defended their home pool with a 189.5-93.5 victory over Cornell.  Yale won 12 out of 14 swimming events including both relays, and won both diving events to bring the team's record to an even 1-1.  The meet saw a 1-2-3 finish in the one-meter diving event come from the home team, and then again in the 200-yard and 50-yard freestyle swimming events.  Molly Albrecht won the 1000-yard freestyle by more than 20 seconds, and Joan Weaver won three freestyle events ranging from the 50-yard to the 500-yard freestyle.

Last year this matchup was a resounding success for the Bulldogs, who defeated both teams at home in Kiphuth Pool.  The margin of victory over the Big Green was the largest for Yale at that point in the season.  The Bulldogs claimed 12 out of 16 events, including both diving events, to bring their record to an impressive 5-0 in dual meets.

To begin the 2011-12 season Dartmouth split its opening tri-meet against Harvard and Cornell, defeating the Big Red 176.5-123.5 but falling to the Crimson 187.5-110.5.  One week later the Big Green defeated Brown 172-123 at home to bring the team's dual season record up to 2-1. 

Penn has seen the most teams in dual competition by this point in the season, those being UConn, Cornell, Princeton, Harvard, Columbia, Florida Atlantic and Brown.  The Quakers also took first place out of six teams at a championship meet held at Kenyon College in early December.  Penn's most recent result is its 174-107 win over Cornell, a larger margin of victory than the Big Green delivered in November, to make its record 3-4.

Past performance, however, might not be any sort of indicator as to how Saturday's meet plays out.  Dartmouth added 12 freshmen to its roster this year, almost the same number that Columbia brought on which gave the Lions an edge over the Bulldogs in Yale's season opener.  The Quakers are not without strong swimmers on their roster either.  Penn had two swimmers competing at the 2011 Winter National Championships in Atlanta, Ga., while the rest of their squad was up against Harvard and Columbia.

After this Saturday Yale will have seen four of the other seven Ivy League teams it will see at February's Ivy League Championships.

The meet will begin at 11:00 a.m. at Dartmouth's Karl Michael Pool in Hanover, N.H.

Report filed by Tom Lynam '13, Yale Sports Publicity