Boston University caught the Harvard women's swim team looking ahead last night at the Greater Boston Championships, snatching Boston's bragging rights with a 530-453.5 victory over Harvard and other area universities.
"We should have won that meet, but we had other things on our minds. We wanted to win without focusing in, and it didn't happen this time, "Coach Vicki Hays said last night.
Hays added that the Greater Boston are not as important as this weekend Princeton meet or the February 13 Yale meet, so she "took risks" with her line-up, allowing some swimmers to go after personal bests in events they wouldn't normally swim.
Harvard could muster only four individual victories in the meet including junior Adriana Holy's University and meet record of 442 points in the one-meter diving, freshman Jennifer Goldberg's win in the three-meter event, junior Shelby Calvert's 5:10.84 performance in the 500 freestyle, and freshman Carry Mazzone's 1:00.17 in the 100 butterfly. Meanwhile, Boston University swimmers took 12 events and set nine meet records in the process.
From the outset, it was obvious that the meet, held at B.U.'s Feneuil Aquastic Center, would match Harvard's depth against a talented corps of B.U. sprinters, while Boston College, Northeastern, Tufts,and hapless Brandeis floundered far behind.
Harvard clung to a small lead for more than half the evening but eventually succumbed to the Terriers 'dominance in the short races. B.U. swimmers swept the 50 freestyle and the 50 butterfly and finished one-two in the 100 back stroke and 100 IM.
Harvard's distance swimmers kept the meet close with two-three finishes in the 200 IM and 200 freestyle. In the freestyle. Calvert touched out teammate Jeanne Floyd in 157.58, just two seconds behind Terrier Susan Kitchen, while sophomore Debbie Zimic (2:14.98) and Mazzone (2:16.83) finished behind B.U. record-breaker Mia Manganiello in the medley.
Harvard was without the services of standouts Anita Rival and Terri Frick, who are both recovering fromn illnesses.
The Terrier victory avenged a November Jual meet loss to the Crimson. The teams will face each other again in March during the Eastern Championships which Harvard will host.