The mens and womens diving teams will compete at Princeton on Friday before finishing their regular season at home against Dartmouth on Sunday in their final tuneup before the Ivy League Championships.
The womens team (5-0) is just one weekend away from completing its first undefeated season in program history. The Tigers are the biggest challenge standing in the way as they are third in the league at 4-2. Dartmouth is winless in conference play, but is 6-1 in nonconference meets.
Its important in that it would be the first time in the program, associate head coach Michael Sabala said. We would love to do it, and it would be a capstone for the seniors, but it wouldnt take away from whats to come and certainly is the be-all and end-all.
The weekend will include the final home meet for the seniors, including captain Alena Kluge, who holds the top 200 breaststroke time in the Ivy League. Nonetheless, the future is bright for the Lions with the depth the team has developed this season.
Its a really deep team, but we didnt know it was going to be this way. Consistently on paper other teams outdo us with the talent they bring in, but our women just shine and shine, and the freshmen in particular are doing a great job, Sabala said.
Meanwhile, the mens team (5-3, 2-2 Ivy) will look to bounce back after a tough loss at Navy last week against second-place Princeton, a team that the Lions upset last season.
The meet will be a challenge. Princeton is last years defending Ivy champions, and they are loaded with talent, head coach Jim Bolster said. If we are going to beat them, were going to have to have a very good meet. All of our guys will have to be on their game.
The Lions shouldnt have too much trouble against 2-4 Dartmouth, but will rely on their overall team depth to counter Princetons swimmers.
I think Princeton rivals us in terms of their depth, and probably with regards to their front line strength. They have a little more than we do, Bolster said. In the areas that were not as strong, its going to be important for us to use our depth to negate the points the other team may score if they win the event.
Regardless of the results of this weekends dual meet, both teams will have their sights set on success at the championships.
If we can win every meet, we will try to, but it doesnt mean nearly as much as winning the Ivy Championships, Bolster said.
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