Women's Swimming and Diving Can Clinch Regular Season Title as Host of HYP
Harvard can clinch its third regular season title in eight years with a sweep of the HYP meet (OAC).
The Harvard women's swimming and diving team will close out its regular season as it hosts Yale and Princeton in the annual HYP meet Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 4-5 at Blodgett Pool.
What's At Stake
The Ivy League regular season title is still up for grabs as Harvard carries a 5-0 conference mark into the HYP meet and Princeton enters with a 4-0 record. Columbia and Yale are still in the running with records of 4-1 and 3-1, respectively, setting up an exciting two week sprint to the finish. The Crimson will wrap up the dual meet portion of its schedule this weekend while the Tigers are scheduled to face the Lions and the Bulldogs will take on Brown Feb. 10.
Harvard has won six straight meets at Blodgett Pool and a sweep of the HYP will give the Crimson its first unblemished season in the Ivy League since 2005-06. It would also mark the program's third regular season title under Stephanie Wriede Morawski, The Costin Family Head Coach for Harvard Women's Swimming and Diving.
Both Harvard and Yale will also be looking to end Princeton's streak of 42 consecutive dual-meet victories, a streak which began in November of 2006.
Harvard leads Yale 23-12 in the all-time series and has won nine straight meetings with the Bulldogs. The Crimson trails Princeton 23-9 and is looking for its first victory over the Tigers since 2006.
On the Web
Fans can watch all of the HYP action live online through GoCrimson.com. Single day passes are available for just $9.95 while complete coverage of the women's meet is available for $14.95. Diehard Crimson fans can watch both the men's and women's meets for $24.95. Click here to sign up today.
Last Time Out
The Harvard women's swimming and diving team lost a pair of duals on Jan. 21 against Northwestern, 172-127, and Iowa, 153-146, putting an end to its five-meet win streak. Harvard's matchup with the Hawkeyes came down to the final relay, with Iowa edging out the Crimson to take the victory.
Senior Meghan Leddy was the Crimson's top performer on the day, taking home the team's lone victory in the 200 back. Leddy stopped the clock in 2:02.61, coming in just ahead of teammate Caroline Weaver who finished in 2:03.95 for second.
The Crimson was ranked second in the most recent CollegeSwimming.com mid-major rankings, moving up two spots from No. 4. Harvard trails only San Jose State and is followed by Miami (Ohio), Princeton and Towson to round out the top five. Columbia is ranked No. 11, giving the Ivy League three teams featured in the top 25.
Get On Our Level
Harvard boasts three swimmers who currently hold NCAA top 50 times, led by Meghan Leddy who ranks 12th in the NCAA and first in the Ivy League with a 200 back time of 1:54.92. Courtney Otto is 15th in the nation in the 200 fly (1:56.92) and 34th in the 400 IM (4:15.14), and leads the conference in both events. Kelsey Hojan-Clark owns the 41st-fastest time in the country, fastest in the Ivy League, in the 1,650 free at 16:34.54.
Hojan-Clark also leads the conference in the 500 free (4:47.04) and 1,000 free (10:03.28), while Otto ranks first in the 400 IM (4:15.14). Faith Martin is the owner of the Ivy League's fastest times in the 200 free (1:49.53) and 200 IM (2:01.39).