For the first time in the history of the Harvard women's swim team, the aquawomen (4-2) can claim a two game winning streak against Yale Last night's 95-54 drubbing of the Bulldogs (3-2) at Blodgett Pool was not the "close battle" that Vicki Hays anticipated.
Hays forecast of a meet that could go either way appeared to hold true in the early events, as Yale held a 38-32 lead going into the first round of diving
But the diving marked the beginning of the end for Yale, for the Bulldogs took only 22 of the last 79 points of the meet
We actually expected to be down in the early founds and figured we'd catch up to wards the end," sophomore Anita Rival said. "We even expected to be down by more so we were really doing well."
Yule's great individual performances could not complete with Harvard's depth: the Crimson earned two of the top three positions in every single event.
Jeanne Floyd provided drama in the 1000 freestyle when she edged out nationally ranked breaststroker and individual medly swimmer Katie Hazelwood by 11 seconds after more than 10 and a half minutes of swimming. Although neither swimmer had entered the event this year, both times bettered the Eastern Championships qualifying time by more than a minute.
Floyd also won the 500 freestyle, her regular event, while Debie Zimic earned firsts in both the 200 butterfly and 400 IM Harvard claimed all top positions in diving competition with freshman diving star Jennifer Goldberg capturing two firsts.
Harvard surprised the crowd with success in the sprints. Allison Greis scored at first in the 100 IM, edging Yale's Amy Lieb by just 13 seconds. Diane Smith and Shelby Calven each added five points to the score with victories in the 50 freestyle and the 100 freestyle.
"We have no excuse." Yale Coach Frank Keefe said afterwards, refusing to lament the absence of top sprinter Sharon Veitz and top distance swimmer Courtney Ellis. "We weren't missing anyone who isn't on the team." he added. President Bok's daughter Victoria also missed the meet because of strep throat.
THE NOTEBOOK Senior Cindy Phillips passed up last night's Phi Beta Kappa induction dinner so that she could compete against the Bulldogs. "I've been swimming for four years here and I couldn't pass up the chance to compete against Yale, our biggest rival," Phillips said. However, she failed to place in the top three in other the 500 freestyle or the 200 butterfly, an event she never competed in before