CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – After quite a successful dual season, the Harvard women's swimming and diving team is geared up for the 2014 Ivy League Swimming and Diving Championships in Providence, R.I. The Crimson will compete against its Ancient Eight foes in the three-day event to determine the best squad in the League.
Harvard (6-1, 6-1 Ivy League) will send its group of Ivy swimmers to Brown's Katherine Moran Coleman Aquatics Center in the hopes of knocking off Columbia (7-0, 7-0 Ivy League), the 2013-14 dual season champion, and Princeton (4-3, 4-3 Ivy League), last season's champion. The deciding factor will come down to close races for the quick Crimson.
"We haven't posted fast times yet," said Stephanie Wriede Morawski, the Costin Family Head Coach for Harvard Women's Swimming and Diving, "but we've fought in very close races."
After a lengthy season with extraordinary experiences, like the training trip to Spain, Harvard looks to its depth for the three-day meet against its familiar foes. Every point matters, even consolation swims.
"We've seen fast teams, in the Texas Invitational, for example," Wriede Morawski said, "but we've raised the bar for ourselves. We're focused on the process and having heart. They're going to be fighting for every inch. We'll need points from every individual for Ivies."
The Crimson finished 6-1 after the dual season, with its only blemish coming from dual champion Columbia, falling to the Lions, 163.5-136.5. Harvard tore through the remaining dual meets, all the while participating in invites in Texas and at MIT. The Crimson claimed victories over Dartmouth (201-99), Cornell (196-104), Brown (202-98), Penn (201-95) and a sweep of archrivals Yale (195-105) and Princeton (189-111) in the annual HYP meet to close out the season.
"Under great leadership from the seniors, we're looking to compete. All year has been about the team, and all year has been about racing. Our hope is to come up with the best strategy to give us an advantage."