Women's Swimming and Diving Reclaims Top Spot in Mid-Major Poll
The Crimson returned to the No. 1 position in the CollegeSwimming.com Mid-Major Rankings after its HYP victory (OAC).
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Harvard women's swimming and diving team has returned to the top spot in the CollegeSwimming.com Mid-Major Rankings after laying claim to the 2012 Ivy League dual meet title.
The Crimson completed the dual meet portion of its schedule with a 7-2 overall record and went a perfect 7-0 in the Ivy League. Harvard's sweep of Princeton and Yale at last week's HYP meet secured the program's third unblemished conference record and third Ivy League dual crown for the Crimson under Stephanie Wriede Morawski, the Costin Family Head Coach for Harvard Women's Swimming & Diving. Harvard's victory over Princeton also ended the Tigers' streak of 43 consecutive wins and its run as the five-time reigning dual meet champs.
Harvard had been ranked second in the previous poll after moving up two spots from the No. 4 position. The Crimson is seeking its first mid-major title since 2009 and fifth overall. Now in its 10th year, the Mid-Major Rankings serve to provide an objective point system to compare teams' relative strength in a traditional dual meet lineup. The ranking is available to those institutions that a) are not members of a BCS conference or Mountain West Conference, or b) provide fewer than one-half of the allowable scholarships under the NCAA rules.
Harvard will host the 2012 Ivy League Women's Championships at Blodgett Pool Feb. 23-25. The Crimson will look to capture its 10th team title after back-to-back second-place finishes, having last won it all in 2006.