Women's Swimming Returns Home to Host Brown

Women's Swimming Returns Home to Host Brown

The Crimson is 28-4 in dual meet competition since 2007-08 and 12-1 at Blodgett Pool (Gil Talbot).

Story Line
The Harvard women's swimming and diving team makes its long-awaited return to Blodgett Pool on Saturday, Jan. 14 against Ivy League foe Brown at 12 p.m.

What's At Stake
The Crimson is 28-4 in dual meet competition since 2007-08, including a 12-1 record at home in Blodgett Pool, and has won four straight duals to open the season for the eighth straight year.

Harvard has won nine straight meets against Brown and is 25-9 all-time against the Bears. The Crimson earned a 198-97 victory over the Bears last season, winning 15 of 16 events.

Last Time Out
The Crimson is coming off an impressive  sweep of Columbia and Penn in New York City at its last meet before the winter recess. Harvard won  six of sixteen events, and went 1-2-3 in the 1,000 free, the 200 fly and one-meter dive. Courtney Otto won all three of her events on the day and Meaghan Leddy placed first or second in her three events, including a win in the 200 backstroke.
Otto Shines
Freshman Courtney Otto put in a stellar performance against Columbia and Penn. Otto placed first in the 200 fly and set a new Uris Pool record of 2:00.32, breaking the previous record of 2:01.63 set by Harvard alum Kate Mills '11 in 2007. She also placed first in the 1,000 free with a time of10:04.96, and won the 500 free  in a time of 4:53.33.

Over the Break
The Crimson traveled to Puerto Rico for its annual training trip over the winter recess. Harvard spent 10 sun-splashed days in Puerto Rico, training and competing to prepare itself for the second semester.

Crimson Sets Sights on 9th Ivy Title
The Harvard women's swimming and diving team will host the 2012 Ivy League Championships at Blodgett Pool Feb. 23-25. The Crimson will look to capture its ninth team title after back-to-back second-place finishes, having last won it all in 2009.

The Road Ahead
The Crimson will head back out on the road next weekend for a pair of duals at Northwestern and Iowa, Saturday, Jan. 21. Harvard then returns to Blodgett Pool to host the Harvard-Yale-Princeton meet Feb. 4-5 before hosting the Ivy League Championships Feb. 23-25.