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Bulldogs Prepared for Annual HYP Showdown

Captain Elizabeth Larsen(photo by Alexandra Schmeling)
Captain Elizabeth Larsen(photo by Alexandra Schmeling)

NEW HAVEN, Conn.—The Yale women's swimming and diving team is making its final preparations for the annual "HYP" meet, to be held in Cambridge, Mass., on Jan. 30-31.  This meet will be the Bulldogs' first matchup with the Harvard Crimson, but it will be the second matchup with the Princeton Tigers this season.  Harvard won the Ivy Championships in 2014 and Princeton won the Ivy Championships in 2013, so the "HYP" meet looks to be the most competitive so far this season, but a strong Bulldog squad is ready to take on the challenge.


            Earlier this season, at the Brown Invitational on Dec. 5-7, the Bulldogs came home with a victory, outscoring Princeton by more than 200 points and outscoring the host team, Brown, by more than 400 points.  That was a huge victory; it was the first time that Yale beat Princeton since 1997.


            The Bulldogs have competed against four other Ivy teams in dual meet competition or tri-meet competition and they have come away with a victory every time, leaving them undefeated so far this season.  Three of those victories came earlier this month, shortly after the team's annual training trip to Cocoa Beach, Fla.


"January 2015 has been one of the best months of training since I arrived at Yale in August 2012," said Jim Henry, Robert J.H. Kiphuth Head Coach of Women's Swimming and Diving.  "We continue to improve daily as we build momentum heading into the championship season."


            At last year's "HYP" meet, the Bulldogs fell to both competitors; the final score with Harvard was 195-105 and the final score with Princeton was 179-121.  Despite their losses, the Bulldogs still found success, scoring the highest number of points at the "HYP" meet since 2008. 


Henry added, "HYP brings an excellent chance to race against two very strong teams as we prepare for the Ivy and NCAA championships in February and March. We have an incredible league and we look forward to the challenge."


            Competition will begin at 6:00 p.m. on Jan. 30 and 12:00 p.m. on Jan. 31.  The meet will follow the standard 16-event competition format, but the events will be spread over two days. 


Report filed by Emma Smith '16, Yale Sports Publicity