Women's Swimming and Diving Takes On Cornell, Dartmouth in Season Opener

Senior Christine Kaufmann will serve as co-captain of the Crimson with classmate Ali Slack (David Silverman).

The Particulars
The Harvard women's swimming and diving team opens its 2010-11 schedule with a road trip to Hanover, N.H., to take on Dartmouth and Cornell Friday night. Harvard has faced the Big Red and the Big Green to start the season every year since 2007-08 and last hosted the meet to start the 2008-09 season.

Last Year's Meet
The Crimson started the season off right with a pair of wins, downing Dartmouth, 203-82, and Cornell, 166-129, in Ithaca, N.Y. Christine Kaufmann and Brittany Powell each won two events for Harvard as Kaufmann captured the 200- and 500-yard freestyles and Powell claimed both boards in the diving competition. The Crimson twice swept the top three spots in an event as it controlled the 100 breaststroke and the 50 free, while it also claimed the top two spots in the 100 and 1,000 free events.

Crimson Captains
Seniors Christine Kaufmann and Ali Slack will serve as captains for the 2010-11 season. Kaufmann earned second-team All-Ivy League honors last season with a runner-up finish in the 1,000 free at the 2010 Ivy League Championships, while Slack earned all-league second team honors as a member of the runner-up 200 free relay team.

The Opposition
Harvard, Cornell and Dartmouth will all be swimming their first meet of the season this Friday. Cornell put together a 2-5 conference record and 3-6 overall mark last year while Dartmouth went 0-7 in the conference but amassed two wins in non-conference action. Cornell's Chiara Spinazzola was the seventh-highest overall scorer at last year's Ivy Championships, earning her team 85 points. Maddie Steiner was Dartmouth's top swimmer last season at the league championships, earning 57 points for the Big Green.

Up Next
After taking on the Big Red and Big Green, Harvard travels to New York to face Columbia Friday Nov. 19. The meet is set to begin at 2 p.m.