Women’s Swimming and Diving Readies for H-Y-P, Northeastern

Mei Lynn Colby and the Crimson play host to Columbia on Friday (courtesy Aringo).
Mei Lynn Colby and the Crimson play host to Columbia on Friday (courtesy Aringo).

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Harvard women's swimming and diving team will close out the regular season this weekend, visiting New Haven, Connecticut for the H-Y-P meet Feb. 3-4, before hosting Northeastern in its Senior Recognition meet Sunday, Feb. 5 at 11 a.m.

Friday's swimming portion of the H-Y-P meet will begin at 6 p.m. with Saturday's competition beginning at 12 p.m. in Kiphuth Exhibition Pool. The diving portion of the meet will start at 3:30 p.m. Friday and at 9:45 a.m. Saturday.

Last Time Out
The Crimson last competed Jan. 13-14 picking up conference victories over Penn and Brown in Philadelphia. Harvard topped the Bears, 194-106, and also downed the Quakers, 165-135. The Crimson captured four individual swimming victories, one relay and was dominant on the diving boards.

H-Y-P Review
Last year marked the first time since 2002 that Harvard fell to both Yale and Princeton at the annual H-Y-P meet. Prior to last season's 167-133 loss to the Bulldogs, the Crimson had reeled off 13 straight victories against its rival from New Haven. Princeton took a 165-135 decision over Harvard last year and in 2015, the Crimson and Tigers tied, 150-150. Before that, Harvard had won three meetings in a row.

Harvard went on to bounce back from those two losses to win the 2016 Ivy League Championship meet for its 12th conference title in program history.

Top Ivy Times
This weekend's meet will feature a number of the conference's top swimmers to date, as student-athletes from Harvard or Yale have the fastest times in 12 individual events this season. Harvard freshman Miki Dahlke boasts the top time in two events, leading the Ancient Eight in the 100 freestyle (49.05) and the 100 butterfly (53.67). Junior Geordie Enoch leads the way in the 200 breaststroke with a 'B' cut time of 2:14.34.

Scouting Yale
Yale matches Harvard as the only two 5-0 teams in the Ivy League this season. Overall, the Bulldogs have competed in the most duals this year, posting a 14-0 record. Individually, Yale has the top time in the conference in nine events to this point in the season. Sophomore Destiny Nelson has the top mark in the 200 and 400 medley races, while junior Cailley Silbert leads the conference in the 500 free, 1000 free and 1650 free.

Scouting Princeton
Princeton is third in the Ivy standings at 4-1 with its one loss coming against Brown back on Dec. 4. The Tigers have competed just once since the New Year, defeating Villanova, 162-138, at home on Jan. 13. Junior Lindsey Temple's 1:57.70 in the 200 backstroke ranks third in that event, the top Princeton individual ranking in any event this year.

Up Next
Following this weekend, the eight Ivy League schools will prepare for the 2017 Ivy League Championship meet Feb. 15-18, hosted by Brown. 

Order of Events
Friday, Feb. 3:
200-yard medley relay
1000-yard freestyle
200-yard freestyle
100-yard backstroke
100-yard breaststroke
200-yard butterfly
50-yard freestyle
400-yard individual medley (exhibition)

Saturday, Feb. 4:
100-yard freestyle
200-yard backstroke
200-yard breaststroke
500-yard freestyle
100-yard butterfly
200-yard individual medley
400-yard freestyle relay