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Women’s Swimming and Diving Hosts Cornell and Dartmouth in Season’s Frist Competition

The Crimson will open its 2011-12 schedule at Blodgett Pool against Ivy foes Cornell and Dartmouth (Gil Talbot).

Season Preview with Head Coach Stephanie Wriede Morawski

The Storyline
The Harvard women's swimming and diving team will open its 2011-12 schedule at Blodgett Pool on Saturday, Nov. 12 against Ivy League foes Cornell and Dartmouth at 3 p.m.

What's at Stake
The Crimson are 24-4 in dual meet competition since 2007-08, including a 12-1 record at home in Blodgett Pool.

Harvard has won 26 straight duals against Cornell and is 26-1 all-time against the Big Red. The Crimson has had similar success against Dartmouth, boasting a 32-3 mark against the Big Green which includes 30 straight victories since Jan. 11, 1980.

Welcome Back
The Crimson returns six All-Ivy League performers from a year ago, including Laura Evans (Free/IM), Sara Li (Free/IM), Meghan Leddy (Back/Free) and Catherine Zagroba (Distance Free) who earned first team honors after winning the 800 free relay at the Ivy League Championships. Zagroba was also named to the first team in 2009 as a member of the 800 free relay team while Leddy captured the 200 back title to earn the accolade as a freshman. Other returning all-league performers include Jenna Gregoire (Sprint Free) and Brittany Powell (Diving).

Freshman Class Makes a Big Splash
Harvard's class of 2015 made headlines over the summer after being ranked as the No. 9 recruiting class in the country by CollegeSwimming.com. The Crimson was the only Ivy League school to appear in the top 10 and the only New England program in the top 25. This year's crop of freshman includes six swimmers and two divers.

"They are an incredibly talented group of individuals who, among them all, have every event covered," commented Stephanie Wriede Morawski, the Costin Family Head Coach for Harvard Women's Swimming and Diving.

Inside Scoop
Stephanie Wriede Morawski, the Costin Family Head Coach for Harvard Women's Swimming and Diving, recently sat down with GoCrimson.com to give fans a preview of the season to come. Click here to watch the video now.

The Road Ahead
The Crimson will enjoy the friendly confines of Blodgett Pool as hosts of four events in 2011-12. Harvard's home schedule begins this weekend against Cornell and Dartmouth, and Brown will make a trip to Cambridge on Jan. 14. The Crimson will host the annual HYP meet Feb. 4-5 and the Ivy League Championships Feb. 23-25.

Harvard's schedule also features several challenging road trips, including appearances at the Georgia Invitational (Dec. 2-4) and Texas Invitational (Dec. 2-4), and competition against Ivy League opponents Columbia and Penn on Dec. 9.