Ivy Dual Meet Title on the Line for Women’s Swimming and Diving at Princeton
Kelsey Hojan-Clark won the 400 IM in Harvard's last outing against Vermont (photo Kevin Burns).
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The top three women's swimming and diving teams in the Ivy League, Harvard, Yale and Princeton, will get together Friday and Saturday for a tri-meet at Princeton's Denuzio Pool to determine the regular season Ivy champion. The Crimson is 5-0 in the league, with just Princeton and Yale remaining on its schedule, while the other two programs are 4-0 with one Ivy League contest left after the weekend.
Order of Events (Live Stats | Live Video)
Friday • 6 pm
200 Medley relay
400 IM (exhibition)
Saturday • 12 pm
11:45: Presentation of Harvard and Yale Seniors
11:50: Presentation of Princeton Seniors
Diving ends (15 minute break at conclusion of diving)
400 Free Relay
Ivy League Lesson (Conference Page)
Harvard, Yale or Princeton has won at least a share of the Ivy League title in 25 of the last 27 years, including the Tigers or Crimson winning the last 13 crowns. Princeton has 10 championships in that 13-year span, but Harvard comes into the meet as the reigning Ivy League champion.
Harvard's Last Time Out
The Harvard Class of 2013 was honored Jan. 20, before the Crimson rolled to a 232-68 win over visiting Vermont at Blodgett Pool. Seven seniors were recognized in the pre-meet ceremony with a flower presented by a Harvard men's swimming and diving classmate. Four of those seniors, swimming in their final dual at Blodgett Pool, kicked off the meet by combining for a win in the 200 medley relay (1:48.14) as Harvard had the first four squads to finish. Caroline Weaver, Mackenzie Luick, Ellie Johnson and Carol Lin's win was the first of 15 on the day for Harvard, in 16 events, and one of nine instances where the Crimson swept at least the top three spots.
Scouting the Tigers (Team Page)
Princeton is led by four-time individual Ivy champion Lisa Boyce, who boasts the Ivy League's best 50 free (22.52) and second-best 100 free (49.36) times this season. She was a Mid-Major All-America honoree in 2011-12 and won the 50 free, 100 free and 100 back at last year's Ivy League Championships. Sada Stewart could also be a force at the HYP meet, as her and Harvard's Kendall Crawford have posted the top two times in the 100 and 200 back events among Ivy League swimmers this year.
Series History – Princeton
Harvard trails Princeton, 23-10, in the all-time series. Last year, the Crimson picked up its first win over the Tigers since 2006 with a dominant performance at HYP. Harvard outswam Princeton, 190-110, to end the Tigers' 43-meet winning streak Feb. 4, 2012.
Scouting the Bulldogs (Team Page)
Yale's Alex Forrester, the owner of the Ivy League's best 100 free (49.12) and second-best 50 free (22.61) times this year, looks to be the Bulldogs' top performer at the HYP meet. Forrester is also one of the league's top butterfly swimmers, as she claimed sixth place at the 100 fly at last year's NCAA Championships. Freshman Eva Fabian, who has posted the Ancient Eight's best 1,000 free (9:50.70) and mile (16:18.75) times to date, will look to challenge Harvard's Sherry Liu in the distance events. Liu owns the best 500 free mark (4:45.92) and ranks in the top five of both the 1,000 and mile.
Series History – Yale
The Crimson has won 10 straight over Yale to build a 24-12 lead in the all-time series, dating back to 1975. Harvard breezed past the Bulldogs, 235-65, at last year's HYP meet.
Harvard has dominated the early season in dual meets, winning 74 of 92 events thus far, en route to a 7-0 record. Sherry Liu and Danielle Lee are undefeated in the 1,000 freestyle and 200 backstroke, respectively, this season.
With its wins over Penn (241-58) and Brown (208-92) Jan. 19, Harvard extended its string of consecutive victories over Ancient Eight opponents to 12. Harvard is 5-0 against conference foes this season after posting an undefeated 7-0 mark last year en route to the Ivy League title. The team's last conference loss came against Princeton Jan. 28, 2011.
Three for Three
In the first three meets of her collegiate career, freshman Kendall Crawford set new Harvard women's backstroke records. Crawford initially broke the record at Cornell's Teagle Hall with a time of 55.04. She then lowered the mark at home with a 54.99 to become the first woman in Harvard history to break the 55-second barrier in the event. At the UGA Fall Invite, the Greenville, S.C., native once again broke her own record by touching the wall in 54.54 seconds.
Video: Kendall Crawford Breaks Harvard 100 Backstroke Record (vs. Columbia)
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Swimming Season Preview
Stephanie Wriede Morawski, The Costin Family Head Coach for Harvard Women's Swimming & Diving, sat down with GoCrimson.com to preview the 2012-13 campaign.
Video: Women's Swimming and Diving Season Preview
Diving Season Preview
Keith Miller, who is in his 22nd season with the Crimson, talked about the divers on the 2012-13 roster in a recent interview.
Video: Seniors Lead Strong Group of Harvard Women Divers in 2012-13
Sights Set on Back-to-Back Titles
Harvard won its 10th Ivy League title last season by outscoring Princeton by 168 points at the Ivy League championship meet in February. The Crimson appears poised for another run at the top spot to complete back-to-back Ivy championships for the first time since 2006. Harvard also won last year's regular season crown with a perfect 7-0 record against the Ancient Eight.
Otto Interview for Swimming World
Courtney Otto was the featured guest on Swimming World's "Morning Swim Show" Dec. 19. The interview, which was conducted by Jeff Commings, is shown on the front page of swimmingworldmagazine.com. Otto talks about last year's Olympic Trials as well as Harvard's and her own impressive performances at the recent UGA Fall Invite.
Related Link/Video: Courtney Otto Interviewed for Swimming World's Morning Swim Show
This weekend's HYP meet is the final dual of the Crimson's season with only championship meets remaining on the schedule. Harvard will travel back to Princeton, N.J., Feb. 28 for the Ivy Championships, while also competing in the ECAC Championships at Blodgett Pool the same weekend. The Crimson takes part in the NCAA Diving Qualifier March 14-16 before culminating the season at the NCAA Championships March 21-23 in Indianapolis, Ind.