The men’s and women’s polo teams head onward in the intercollegiate national championships for polo this week. Both teams have qualified for the semifinals with strong finishes in their previous two matches. The Red continues its campaign towards a national championship on Friday, when the men play the winner of Texas A&M/University of Oregon and the women play the winner of a quarterfinal matchup between Kentucky/Texas A&M.
The women’s team finished the season with a perfect 21-0 record. With their perfect record, the team was given an automatic berth into the semi finals on the women’s side of the tournament. The team is well positioned to win a national championship.
The equestrian team heads to Ivy League championships this Saturday. The team has performed well this season including qualifying a good portion of the team for Regionals and Zonals. The team should be the favorite going into the Ancient Eight’s final contest, but much will depend on the team’s performance this weekend. The Red captured second place at Ivy’s last year before moving on to other championship meets.
Ivy league Equestrian teams do not often compete against eachother. The season is short and this will likely be the first time that many of these teams meet. The Red has had a successful season so far and is well prepared for Ivy League Championships.
The softball team split both of its Ancient Eight series this weekend. The Red faced Harvard in Cambridge on Saturday. Cornell won the first game, 3-0, but lost the second, 5-7. Against Dartmouth, the Red lost the first 5-7, but redeemed itself in the return game, 10-2.
The softball team (27-7, 6-2 Ivy) lost its first two Ancient Eight games of the season against Dartmouth and Harvard. Last season the Red swept Dartmouth in its two game series, while dropping one against Harvard. The Red currently stands at the top of the Ivy South division, three games ahead of the next contender, Princeton.
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Men’s and women’s tennis lost to Harvard this weekend. The men’s team repeated their 4-3 loss from last season, coming very close to beating the Crimson. The women lost to a tough Crimson team, 7-0, a decrease from their last meeting with Harvard at the ECAC Indoor Championship, where the Red was able to pick up one match against the Crimson.
The men’s team (10-5, 1-2 Ivy) picked up another loss, decreasing their Ivy record to 1-2. The team has only four more matches in its season against Ancient Eight rivals. After a six game win streak over spring break, the team entered the Ivy season with a bang. But after its loss in its initial Ivy match against Columbia, the team hasn’t looked nearly as dominant. The Red currently stands at fifth in the Ancient Eight.
After taking six straight wins to open the season, women’s lacrosse has fallen on a losing skid. The team has lost three in a row, the last two to Ancient Eight rivals Princeton and Penn. This weekend, the team heads to Hanover, N.H., for a match against No. 15 Dartmouth.
The Red has fallen in the lacrosse rankings after being rated as high as 14th in the preseason. The team has fallen to 19 in the polls while closer to 27th in the power rankings. The young team has been showing some of its inexperience recently, having a tough time against the nationally ranked teams on its schedule.
After an extremely successful trip to the west coast, men’s tennis begins its Ivy campaign in New York City against Columbia on Saturday. The Red (9-3) is on a seven game winning streak.
In their matchup last year, the Red lost in an extremely tight match, 4-3. However, the team has many more wins this year than it did going into its Ivy season, and their success on the road in Calif. during spring break will to be a big confidence booster against the Ancient Eight.
The women’s team has had the opposite result in both their California sojourn and their preaseason. The women (4-9) are struggling. The team took two straight losses in California after defeating Azusa Pacific University. The Red will host Columbia at home at Reis Tennis center.
The men’s basketball team was given the 14th seed in the western bracket today. This is the Red’s second consecutive berth into the NCAA tournament, and their seeding is identical to last year’s campaign. The team entered the tournament a year ago at No. 14, facing No. 3 Stanford. The team lost in a rout, but is hoping to return to the big dance with experience on their side.
The women’s lacrosse team continued its undefeated streak against its first nationally-ranked opponent on Saturday. No. 20 Hofstra fell, 13-10, to the Red in a highly offensive battle. However, the Red pulled through with better defense and superb goaltending by junior goaltender Kristen Reese.
“Our defense really backed us up during the first half and really helped us stay in the game as things wore on,” freshman attack Jessi Steinberg said.
The team’s undefeated streak continues to boost the confidence of the young team that entered this season wondering how the loss of a large graduating class would affect their performance. This young team will need to mature in a hurry if they want to compete for the top spot in the Ancient Eight.
The men’s swimming and diving team wrote history this past weekend at Ivy League Championships, finishing third against its Ancient Eight rivals and breaking 13 school records in the process. The Red is typically better suited to the dual meet season, reaching its peak two years ago, going undefeated in the Ivy League. The team’s third place finish at championships is the best ever for Cornell men’s swimming.
The men’s swimming and diving team is in Princeton, N.J., and back in action for the EISL championship meet, about a month since their last dual meet. The Red has taken a long and winding road to this point, but left the dual meet season on a high, beating Brown, Columbia, Colgate, and Yale in solid fashion.
The 17 men representing Cornell at the championships have been preparing for the last month, both through tough, long-yardage sets, and a strong nutritional regimen. The biggest change these athletes will see however is the famed laser suit, the same suit used at the Olympics. But according to Phil Baity it’s not the suit, but the adrenaline pumping through an athlete’s body after a swim that really makes it fast.