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Crimson to Host Harvard Invitational, Ivy Championships in 2009-10

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2009-10 Harvard Women's Swimming and Diving Schedule

CAMBRIDGE, Mass.-Four home meets, including the Ivy League Championships and an early-season, multi-team invitational, highlight the 2009-10 Harvard women's swimming and diving schedule.

The Crimson will host the Harvard Invitational Nov. 20-22, welcoming Rutgers, Columbia, Sacred Heart and Wagner to Blodgett Pool in Harvard's first home action of the season. The Crimson will close its home schedule by trying to defend its league title at the 2010 Ivy League Championships Feb. 25-27.

In between, Harvard will host home dual meets against Ivy foe Brown (Jan. 23) and local rival Northeastern (Feb. 12). Those events are among five head-to-head meets on the schedule. The Crimson pays a season-opening visit to Cornell for its annual clash with the host Big Red and the Big Green of Dartmouth Nov. 14. Harvard visits Penn Jan. 9 and heads to Princeton for the annual HYP meet against the Tigers and Yale Jan. 30-31.

Harvard also has an ECAC title to defend at the ECAC Championships Feb. 26-28 in Pittsburgh. Throughout the season, the Crimson will aim to continue its annual tradition of qualifying athletes for the NCAA Championships, to be held this season at Purdue, in West Lafayette, Ind., March 18-20.

In addition to their dual-meet duties, the Crimson's divers will compete in an invitational meet at Princeton Jan. 8-9 and the NCAA Zone A Diving Championships March 12-14 at Rutgers. They will go on a training trip to Hawaii Jan. 12-20, while the Harvard swimmers will visit Barbados for their annual training trip Jan. 13-19.

The Crimson is coming off a season of unprecedented success. After posting a 6-1 dual record, Harvard finished the season ranked 25th in the nation and won the Ivy and ECAC crowns. The Crimson set school records in 11 events, won six Ivy event championships and sent two swimmers to the NCAA Championships.