NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The Yale women's swimming and diving team hosts the biggest meet of the season so far this weekend, as Harvard and Princeton come to town for the annual "HYP" meet. Yale has rattled off a number of impressive wins this season and is prepared to make a major statement against two of the Ivy League's premier teams.
Yale has already faced off against Princeton this season, in the Big Al Open, hosted by the Tigers. While the home team was victorious in the three-day meet, the Bulldogs put on an impressive performance, hanging tough with the Tigers for three days before ultimately finishing in second with 961, behind Princeton's 1113. This was an impressive early-season result for a young Yale team against the defending Ivy League champions. After some inconsistent performances in the first few meets of the season, the Bulldogs put together their first complete performance at the Big Al Open and have not stopped rolling since.
Following Winter Break, the Bulldogs have faced four opponents, defeating them all. They started 2014 by taking down Cornell by a score of 181-116 and then beating Dartmouth (223-77) and Penn (162.5-137.5) in a tri-meet. Yale traveled to Durham, N.H., for its most recent meet, defeating the previously undefeated UNH Wildcats by a score of 156.5-143.5 in a thrilling dual meet.
Now, the young Bulldogs face their toughest challenge of the season to date, facing the defending Ivy champion (Princeton) and runner-up (Harvard). Last year's HYP meet was held at Princeton, and Yale fell to Harvard 209-89 and lost to the hosts 197-103. Aided by their momentum and the home-pool advantage, the Bulldogs are primed to reverse those results this weekend in the Kiphuth Exhibition Pool.
On Saturday, competition will begin with the three-meter diving competition at 3:30 p.m., followed by the first swimming session at 6:00 p.m. On Sunday, the one-meter diving competition will begin at 9:45 p.m. and the second swimming session will start at 12:00 p.m.
Over the course of the meet, live results can be found here.
Report filed by Lyon Van Voorhis '15, Yale Sports Publicity