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They have helped Princeton to two Ivy League championships already, and they have plans for even more. Before the Class of 2014 tries to lead Princeton to an Ivy League title in two weeks, the 11 members will be honored Friday afternoon during the team's home finale against Columbia.
Princeton (4-2, 4-2 Ivy) will look to tarnish the undefeated season for the Columbia Lions (5-0, 5-0 Ivy) when the two programs meet at 1 pm Friday. The meet will be streamed live on the Ivy League Digital Network (see link above), as will the men's Senior Day meet against Columbia at 6 pm.
It will also be the final competitive performances from the 11 members of the Princeton Class of 2014, who won Ivy League championships as both freshmen and juniors, and will try to add a third title when this year's meet is held in Providence, R.I. Two members of the senior class have been individual award winners at the meet; Rachel Zambrowicz was the 2011 Ivy Championships Diver of the Meet, while co-captain Lisa Boyce was the High Point Swimmer in each of the last two championship meets.
Princeton is coming off a split at the H-Y-P meet last weekend, where it defeated Yale 171-129 and lost 189-111 to Harvard. Sophomore Nikki Larson was a double fly winners during H-Y-P, but she knows that the biggest swims are still to come for Princeton.
"I’m wholly confident about the team’s direction right now," she said after the meet. "We had a lot of great swims this weekend; the next three weeks are all about perfecting those races for Ivies."
Columbia will look to punctuate its regular season success with a strong February, and it has several performers who could make a big impact at Ivies. Senior Alena Kluge currently has the Ivy's best times in the 200 breast (2:16.02) and the 200 IM 2:00.26); in both cases, the next best time belongs to Princeton freshman Olivia Chan. Junior Mikaila Gaffney has the league's second-best time in the 100 breast, while freshman Trudiann Patrick has the third-best time in the 200 fly.
While Princeton will be looking to compete well in its final meet before Ivies, it is also looking forward to honoring these women for their contributions to the Tradition of Princeton Swimming & Diving:
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200 Medley Relay
200 Free Relay
Diving continues throughout the meet