Harvard celebrated its first overall undefeated dual meet season since 2005-06 during the 2012-13 campaign (photo Kevin Burns).
Complete Mid-Major Rankings
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Harvard women's swimming and diving team finished the season ranked No. 1 in the CollegeSwimming.com Mid-Major Rankings, CollegeSwimming announced Tuesday. The Crimson completed the dual meet portion of its schedule with a perfect 9-0 record, including its second straight 7-0 Ivy League mark.
Harvard dominated the Ancient Eight schedule, winning every dual meet by at least 97 points en route to its second consecutive dual meet title. The Crimson culminated the Ivy season with a convincing sweep of Princeton (W, 199-99) and Yale (209-89) at the Tigers' DeNunzio Pool Feb. 1-2. The wins secured the program's fourth unblemished conference record and fourth Ivy League dual crown for the Crimson under Stephanie Wriede Morawski, the Costin Family Head Coach for Harvard Women's Swimming & Diving.
It is the fifth time in the 11-year history of the poll that Harvard has finished the year at the top of the mid-major list, which is based on team performances following conference meets. The rankings use an objective point system to compare teams' in a dual meet lineup and is open to programs that are not members of BCS conferences or provide fewer than half of the NCAA's allowable scholarships.
The Crimson's Sara Li is finishing Harvard's 2012-13 slate at the NCAA championship meet this weekend. She will race in the 50-, 100- and 200-yard freestyles at the event in Indianapolis, Ind. Courtney Otto also qualified for the NCAA championships in three events (200 butterfly, 200 IM, 400 IM), but is sidelined with an injury.