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Unbeaten Rivals Clash at HYP Women's Swimming

Storyline
The Harvard women's swimming and diving team looks to wrap up a perfect Ivy League dual season and claim the league's head-to-head title as it takes on rivals Yale and Princeton in the annual HYP meet Saturday evening at 5 p.m. at Princeton's DeNunzio Pool.

Follow From Home
Live results of the meet will be available here.

The Trophy Case
The 2008-09 Crimson captured the Ivy League and ECAC meet championships but suffered a dual loss to the Tigers in last season's HYP meet. Harvard is eager to defend its Ivy meet title but would like to first claim the Ivy dual crown. The Crimson last won the dual title in 2005-06, when it posted head-to-head records of 10-0 overall and 7-0 against Ivy League competition. In each year since, an HYP split has left Harvard with a 6-1 final Ivy record.

Battle of Unbeatens
All three teams enter Saturday's meet with flawless league records and a share of the lead in the Ivy League standings. Harvard (5-0, 5-0 Ivy League) is finishing its Ancient Eight schedule and can therefore clinch the league dual title outright with an HYP sweep. Princeton (4-0, 4-0) has a meet remaining with Columbia, while Yale (6-1, 4-0) will take on Brown later. A sweep by the Tigers or Bulldogs would clinch them a share of the dual championship.

The Best Around
The HYP meet will likely decide the Ivy League's dual champion, and it serves as a preview of the Ivy League Championships at the end of next month. An HYP team has won 31 of the previous 33 league titles and 26 of the 33 Ivy meet championships. (The league champion was determined by the dual standings from 1983-96.) The Crimson and Tigers have occupied the top two team positions at Ivies for each of the last seven years.

Last Time Out
Harvard celebrated Senior Day with a sweep of all 13 events en route to a 177-66 win against Brown in the Crimson's final home Ivy League dual meet Saturday. Alexandra Clarke (1,000-yard freestyle, 100 butterfly) and Kate Mills (200 free, 400 individual medley) won two individual events each. Katy Hinkle played a part in three total event wins (50 free, 200 medley relay, 200 free relay).

Scouting the Bulldogs
Yale comes in without a league loss but on the heels of a stinging non-conference defeat at the hands of Navy, 151-149, Saturday. Navy rallied in the final yards of the final event, the 400 free relay, to hand the Bulldogs their first loss. Susan Kim leads the Eli swimmers. She captured the 100 and 200 breaststrokes and the 200 IM against Navy and is the defending Ivy champion in both breaststrokes. The Yale roster also features Hayes Hyde, last year's Ivy 200 fly champ.

Scouting the Tigers
Harvard's Ivy championship last season ended Princeton's three-year run as league meet champion, but the Tigers are still clinging to a three-year streak as dual titlists. Princeton has won all four of its dual meets and claimed a team title at the Bucknell Invitational this season. The Tigers' most recent win came Sunday at Dartmouth, 169-126, as Princeton posted 12 event wins.  There are two defending Ivy individual champions on this year's edition of the Tigers, Alicia Aemisegger (500 free, 1,650 free, 400 IM) and Courtney Kilkuts (200 IM).

History Lesson
The Crimson defeated Yale, 232-87, and fell to Princeton, 170.5-148.5, in last season's HYP meet at Blodgett Pool. Harvard had at least three of the top five finishers in eight of the 15 individual events and finished with a 1-2 finish in the 400-yard freestyle relay. Kate Mills set a school record in the 200 free with a time of 1:47.42 that she would eclipse at Ivies. She joined Katy Hinkle (50 free) and Meghan Leddy (200 backstroke) as winners of individual events. Susan Kim was Yale's lone event winner, in the 100 breast. Alicia Aemisegger led Princeton with wins in the 200 fly, 500 free and 1,000 free.

Coming Attractions
Harvard sees its final head-to-head action of the season when it welcomes Boston neighbor Northeastern to Blodgett Feb. 12.