January 30, 2014
Bulldogs to Host Harvard and Princeton on Senior Night
NEW HAVEN, Conn.- Yale's senior swimmers and divers will compete in their home pool for the last time this weekend against Ivy League rivals Harvard and Princeton, the two teams that have claimed the last 41 conference championships.
Yale's current seniors have not beaten the Crimson or the Tigers in their careers, but they, along with their talented younger teammates, are ready to fight for a long awaited victory.
The Bulldogs are approaching the end of another successful regular season, with only one loss so far. The team's performance this year has shown the senior class how much progress has been made since they were freshmen—this season the Bulldogs beat Boston University, Cornell and Penn, all teams that the seniors lost to in their first year with the team.
The rising Yale team will face its biggest test of the season thus far when it takes on the top two teams in the Ivy League this weekend. Harvard is 4-0 against Ivy League teams this season. At the Crimson's last meet on Jan. 17, it trounced Wisconsin and fell to ACC powerhouses Virginia and Virginia Tech in Christiansburg, Va. Princeton is also undefeated in the Ivy League this season. The Tigers have not raced since Jan. 4, when they lost a close meet to No. 24 Navy in Annapolis, Md.
"The team knows how hard this meet will be, but no one has shied away from the challenge," senior captain Ed Becker
"A meet like this is exciting because it's hard to judge where swimmers will be performance-wise at any point in the season. Anything could happen this weekend. I'd like to personally invite each and every Yale student to the Exhibition Pool this Friday night to experience this meet with us, as we close another chapter in one of Yale's most storied traditions."
Report by Josh Mandell '16