Aquawomen Slip Past Visiting Bulldogs, 76-64
The Harvard women's swimming team posted a solid victory over a visiting Yale squad last night at Blodgett Pool. The Crimson's swimmers never trailed en route to a 76-64 victory.
The Elis displayed impressive individual talent, but lacked Harvard's considerable depth. So despite first place victories in eight of 14 swimming events, the Bulldogs fell short by 12 points.
Harvard's team effort was the decisive factor. "We just had nore depth," said Crimson Coach Maura Costin.
What made the Crimson victory even more impressive was the fact that that several Eli women had shaved their limbs for this meet, something which is usually reserved for the end of the season. "They [Yale] must be looking for every advantage if they need to shave," Costin said. "Usually teams wait until the championship to shave."
The Yale shave certainly didn't disrupt Harvard junior Allison Greis. "I decided just to go out and do the best I could and not worry about it," said Greis, who swam to two personal bests in the 100-m and 200-m breastroke, and her times qualified her for the Eastern Championships.
Other outstanding performances were turned in by the Crimson's 200 medley relay team, which left the Elis in its wake en route to a school record in that event. Harvard sophomore Elaine Sang also swam impressively in the comeback victory of the night, fighting back from deep in second place to win the 200 meter backstroke.
With the win, Harvard upped its record to 6-3 overall and 2-1 Ivy. The aquawomen return to action this weekend, when they travel to Princeton for a key Ivy showdown.