Getting HYPed for the Princeton-Yale-Harvard Triangular Meet This Weekend

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Excitement is building for the annual HYP rivalry. Archive photo from Yale Swimming and Diving on Facebook.

While other schools suit up, rest, and generally target the Big Three, Yale, Princeton and Harvard only have eyes for each other. The annual H-Y-P meet is the biggest of the regular season for each of the schools, and not only in swimming. Indeed, H-Y-P rivalries are fierce in most sports, and specific triangular competitions occur in cross country, crew, track & field, and although in a different format, in football.

This year’s H-Y-P swimming and diving meet is being hosted by Yale at the Kiphuth Exhibition Pool in New Haven. It is expected to draw a large crowd of former swimmers and families from all three teams, each cheering their school toward Big Three hegemony. In honor of the event, on Friday afternoon the Sterling Memorial Library is holding an open house of its exhibit on the history of men’s and women’s swimming and diving at Yale.

The women’s meet is likely to be very, very close this year. On the men’s side, although Yale has posted some strong swims so far this season, the crown is likely to be contested between Princeton and Harvard. Without trying to predict who will enter each event, and leaving diving out of the equation for a moment, here is a back-of-the-envelope calculation of how many top-16 swimmers each school could contribute to each event:

WOMEN

MEN

H

Y

P

Top time

H

Y

P

Top time
50 Free

6

2

8

L Boyce, P

5

3

8

G Schumacher, H
100 Free

7

2

7

L Boyce, P

6

1

9

C Satterthwaite, H
200 Free

6

6

4

V Chan, H

8

2

6

T D’Alessandro, P
500 Free

7

5

4

E Fabian, Y

9

2

5

A Abdel Khalik, H
1000 Free

6

5

5

E Fabian, Y

5

7

4

B Hogan, Y
1650 Free

4

3

6

E Fabian, Y

4

5

6

P Nolle, P
100 Back

8

2

6

L Boyce, P

6

4

6

M Strand, P
200 Back

5

4

7

D Lee, H

5

5

6

C Maher, P
100 Breast

6

5

5

O Chan, P

6

5

5

J Pohlmann, P
200 Breast

5

6

5

O Chan, P

4

5

7

E Ronda, H
100 Fly

5

4

7

L Boyce, P

6

3

7

M Strand, P
200 Fly

4

6

6

I Hutchinson-Maddox, Y

6

5

5

J Luna, H
200 IM

5

5

6

O Chan, P

3

2

11

T D’Alessandro, P
400 IM

3

5

4

E Smith, Y

5

4

7

T D’Alessandro, P

64

56

65

 

67

49

75

 

 

The men’s competition begins Friday, January 31 at 6:00 p.m. and continues on Saturday, February 1 at 12:00 noon. The women begin with diving on Saturday, February 1 at 3:30 p.m., followed by swimming at 6:00 p.m. They conclude on Sunday, February 2 at 9:45 a.m. (diving) and 12:00 noon (swimming). You can follow the meet here.

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David Berkoff
7 years ago

Go Crimson. Beat Princeton and Yale. BTW, I hate the colors orange and black and the Halloween because the Jersey Tigers.

Blastoff
7 years ago

I hate the the Valentines Day because of the Boston Crimson.

7 years ago

David – Anything can happen at the Yale Bowl pool. Even a Harvard win. Wager?

CoachGB
7 years ago

A great picture of the former “Mecca” for swimming in this country In yds. I know to today’s world it is outdated but nothing like it with a full house surrounding the pool entirely. When you stand on the blocks you look straight ahead 80 feet at a wall of spectators and to the left and right and up behind you. Sitting at the top the view is awesome and so close to the pool.
Great history in it’s day. Then of course the 3rd floor 50 meter pool where the 1500 were swam long course at the short course Nationals and one NCAA’s 1500 was LC. To the HYP’s have a great weekend. If you have never seen… Read more »

Joel Lin
7 years ago

What an iconic venue for swimming at Yale. The Roman Colosseum of our sport.

David Berkoff
7 years ago

Touché my doppelgänger.

7 years ago

NERD FIGHT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

HYP. Smash. I like this meet alot.

7 years ago

It would be awesome if more schools did this type of regional rivalry tri-meet on a set weekend every year… could result in HUGE crowds, since that’s a thing now 🙂

Could be conference rivalries, could be geographic rivalries… but the key is ALL on the same weekend in January…

Minnesota- Wisconsin- Northwestern
(The cold Big10 schools)

Stanford- California- USC
(The battle for California)

Michigan- Penn St.- Ohio St.

Florida- Georgia- Auburn

UNC- Duke- Virginia

About Anne Lepesant

Anne Lepesant

Anne Lepesant is the mother of four daughters, all of whom swam in college. With an undergraduate degree from Princeton (where she was an all-Ivy tennis player) and an MBA from INSEAD, she worked for many years in the financial industry, both in France and the U.S. Anne is currently …

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