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HYP to Close Out Women's Swimming and Diving Dual Season

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Harvard women's swimming and diving team looks to put a cap on a successful 2013-14 dual season this weekend with a trip to New Haven, Conn., for the annual HYP meet with Ancient Eight rivals Yale and Princeton.

Action gets underway with 3-meter diving on Saturday at 3:30 p.m. in Yale's Robert J.H. Kiphuth Exhibition Pool, followed by swimming events starting at 6:05 p.m. that evening. The tri-meet resumes Sunday at 9:45 a.m. with the 1-meter dive, followed by the rest of the events at 12:05 p.m. Fans can view updated live results here.

What's At Stake
Though Harvard (4-1, 4-1 Ivy League) dropped its season opener to Columbia, which currently sits at the top in the Ancient Eight standings, the Crimson looks to stay atop Yale (7-1, 3-1 Ivy League) and Princeton (3-1, 3-1 Ivy League) with its third HYP sweep in a row. Though it would still sit second in the Ivy League standings, Harvard has enough momentum to carry itself into the Ivy League Championships after a tough Virginia Tech Invite looms next weekend.

A Quick Look at the Crimson
Harvard reached its 4-1 record two weeks ago with a solid handling of Penn in Philadelphia. The Crimson toppled the Quakers, 201-95, earning 14 event wins in the process. As she's done all season, sophomore Danielle Lee stepped up for Harvard, claiming four victories on the day, starting with the 200 medley relay unit. She combined with Stephanie Ferrell, Victoria Chan and senior co-captain Deirdre Clute to take home the first event of the day in 1:44.59, before owning the 200 freestyle (1:50.19), 200 backstroke (2:00.89) and the 200 IM (2:08.62) with ease. Thus far in 2013-14, Lee holds the fastest 200 backstroke in the league this season with a "B" cut mark of 1:57.6 and the second-fastest 100 backstroke mark, logging a "B" cut 53.87.

On the boards, the Crimson is deep with talent, led by senior Alex Stanton and freshman Elina Leiviska. Stanton grabbed a first-place finish in her last-ever event at Blodgett pool, taking the 1-meter dive over Brown on Jan. 11. Leiviska owns three 1- and 3-meter dive sweeps this season, thanks to early success in her debut year.

Rank and File
Harvard has rebounded spectacularly after the opening defeat, climbing all the way to the No. 3 mid-major program, according to CollegeSwimming.com's mid-major poll. On top of that, the Crimson is receiving a bevy of votes in the national top-25 poll, nudging closer to the nation's premier squads.

HYP Order of Events
Saturday
Session 1 - 3:30 p.m.
#1 Women 3 mtr Diving

Session 2 - 6:05 PM
#2 Women 200 Medley Relay
#3 Women 1000 Free
#4 Women 200 Free
#5 Women 100 Back
#6 Women 100 Breast
#7 Women 200 Fly
#8 Women 50 Free
#9 Women 400 IM

Sunday
Session 3 - 9:45 AM
#10 Women 1 mtr Diving
 
Session 4 - 12:05 PM
#11 Women 100 Free
#12 Women 200 Back
#13 Women 200 Breast
#14 Women 500 Free
#15 Women 100 Fly
#16 Women 200 IM
#17 Women 400 Free Relay