Women’s Swimming and Diving Opens ’19-20 on Saturday at Home vs. No. 17 Duke

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Photo Courtesy: Gil Talbot.
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CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Harvard women's swimming and diving opens the 2019-20 campaign on Saturday morning when it welcomes No. 17 Duke to Blodgett Pool. The diving portion of the meet is set to start at 9:15 a.m., with the swimming events slated to begin at 10 a.m. Admission is free. 

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What to Know
- Harvard returns to action for the first time in 2019-20 as the reigning two-time Ivy League champions. The last time the Crimson was together as a team, it completed a four-day run that saw them accumulate 1,500 points to claim the conference title. It was the program's first back-to-back titles since 1991 and 1992.
- The Crimson is opening the season against a non-Ivy foe for the first time since the 2002-03 season when it faced Minnesota and North Carolina in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.
- Harvard will look to improve upon its recent 9-0 opening-day record against the Blue Devils on Saturday. Since the start of the 2014-15 season, Harvard has recorded double-dual season-opening sweeps of Cornell and Dartmouth four times, with the other triumph coming at Columbia in '17-18.
- The Crimson will be in search of its first series win over Duke, having lost to the Blue Devils, 154-146, in its only other meeting back in 2015 in Durham, North Carolina.
- Duke is 1-1 in dual meets this season, defeating Florida State on the road and falling to Georgia at home. The Blue Devils, however, will compete against UConn, Dartmouth and Boston College in Chestnut Hill on Friday.
- Harvard returns all five of its NCAA qualifiers (Miki Dahlke, Georgina Milne, Morgane Herculano, Esther Lawrence, Samantha Shelton) from last year. It was the most the Crimson has qualified for the national meet since at least 2009-10.
- Harvard only has two scheduled home meets in 2019-20 – Saturday vs. Duke and Jan. 15 vs. Brown.

At The Helm
Stephanie Wriede Morawski '92 is in her 23rd season as The Costin Family Head Coach for Harvard Women's Swimming and Diving. She has guided the Crimson to back-to-back Ivy League titles and the school's 2019 championship was Harvard's fourth in the last six years. Harvard has won 14 Ivy League championships in program history. 

Next Up
Harvard returns to action on Friday, Nov. 15, when it faces Dartmouth and Cornell in Hanover, New Hampshire. The Ivy League double-dual meet is set for a 3 p.m. start.