January 15, 2009

Women train hard in Puerto Rico before meet

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Women’s swimming and diving spent most of its winter break training in Puerto Rico with the men’s team. The break was designed to be a building period, with the team swimming many yards over two-a-days.
The team returned to competition with a tri-meet Jan. 10 against Yale and Navy. The young Red squad continued to grow, with strong showings by freshman Emily Dean and Heather Miller. The duo pulled a 1-2 finish in the 100-meter back. If anything, the team has only shown improvement, posting more top-5 finishes in each of its league dual meets.
Though the women have yet to have a time wide win, the growth of these few individuals is expected to help going into Ivy championships in a little over a month.
The team will match up with Colgate this Saturday, which should be yet another growing meet for this team — a great opportunity foe freshman to do well individually in preparation for Ivy championships.
As each recruiting class ages and improves, the team can only expect to get better. The Ivy League as a whole has seen an influx of huge recruiting classes, making many of the teams much younger. These underclassmen and new recruits are challenging the top swimmers in the league for the best times. It is clear that, in years to come, the standard for Ivy swimming is increasing.
The Red has adapted and can only be expected to improve in the years to come, with its strong recruiting classes the team has years of growth to look forward to.