Women's Swimming and Diving Aims to Keep Perfect Ivy Mark at Brown
Harvard boasts a 3-0 record at the outset of the 2011 portion of the schedule (Harvard Athletic Communications).
Fresh off a winter training trip to St. Croix, the Harvard women's swimming and diving team returns to conference dual-meet action as it squares off against Brown Friday night at Seekonk High School.
Last Time Out
Harvard athletes combined to break three school records as the Crimson faced some of the top talent in the nation at the Georgia Invitational Dec. 3-5. Junior Meghan Leddy fronted the charge as she set the school mark in the 100-yard backstroke (55.18) and the 200 back (1:55.60). Senior Katy Hinkle was responsible for the third new school record as she recorded a time of 22.87 in the preliminary round of the 50 free, hitting an NCAA "B" cut in the process.
Overall, the Crimson placed sixth out of seven teams with 261 total points, but downed No. 14 Minnesota in the process. Four teams at the invitational held national rankings, led by host Georgia, the second-ranked team in the nation.
Scouting the Bears
Brown represents a tough test for the Crimson as the Bears have looked strong in dual wins against Dartmouth and Penn. Brown took 16 events against the Big Green, highlighted by 1-2-3 finishes in the 100 breaststroke (Kristin Jackson, Briana Borgolini and Jamie Firth) and 50 freestyle (Kristen Caldarella, Candice Sisouvanieng-Kim and Megan Nolet).
The Bears kicked off their 2011 slate with a 163.5-136.5 win over Penn in Miami, Fla., Jan. 5. Brown captured 11 events in the dual meet and received wins from Caldarella in the 100 and 200 free and Borgolini in the 100 and 200 breast races. Rebecca Tassell helped the Brown effort with a win on the one-meter board.
A Talented Trio
Harvard is one of three currently undefeated teams in the Ivy League with a 3-0 league and overall record. Princeton also boasts a 3-0 mark in league action and Yale has a 2-0 league record to go along with a 3-0 overall mark. The three teams will face off in a tri-meet Jan. 28 in New Haven, Conn.
Up Next For Harvard
The Crimson travels to New Brunswick, N.J., Jan. 21-22 to compete in the World College Conference Carnival.