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Bulldogs To Race Against Quakers and Big Green at Home

Ileana Lucos. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)
Ileana Lucos. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The Yale women's swimming and diving team will host the Dartmouth Big Green and the Penn Quakers Saturday in the Bulldogs' first tri-meet of the season.  This weekend's matchup will be Yale's second home meet, as the Bulldogs have not raced anyone down their home lanes since their win over Columbia in the season opener back in November.  After beating Cornell last week 187-113, Yale remains undefeated in dual meets.

Last year the Bulldogs travelled to Philadelphia to race against the Quakers and the Big Green at Penn.  All told Yale won 13 out of 16 events, citing only one swimming loss and with Dartmouth claiming both diving events.  The Yale-Penn final score was 204.5-95.5, while the Bulldogs beat the Big Green by a score of 234-66.  The two victories raised Yale's dual meet record to 6-0.  This year, the stage is set for a similar result.  The Bulldogs are currently 3-0 in dual meets, with wins over Columbia, Vermont and Cornell.

Momentum could well be a driving force in determining a winner on Saturday.  Dartmouth will arrive in New Haven with a 2-1 record, the two wins over Cornell and Brown and the loss to Harvard.  However, the Big Green have not competed since before the Thanksgiving holiday.  Penn has seen the most competition of the three teams.  So far the Quakers have won against UConn, Cornell and Columbia, but lost to Princeton and most recently Brown in Boca Raton, Fla.  Dartmouth also travelled south for a training camp in Puerto Rico and St. Croix in the U.S. Virgin Islands.  It will be interesting to see if exposure to warmer climates will translate to competitive advantage or if the sheer volume of training the Bulldogs logged in Payne Whitney Gymnasium over break will reign supreme. 

After this Saturday Yale will have seen four of the other seven Ivy League teams it will see at February's Ivy League Championship.

The meet will begin at 12:00 p.m. at the Robert J.H. Kiphuth Exhibition Pool located inside Payne Whitney Gymnasium.

Report filed by Yale Sports Publicity