The Ivy League Will Drop the Women’s 1000 Free from Its Conference Meet

Correction: The event will only be dropped from the women’s Ivy League Championship meet, not the men’s meet.

The Ivy League will drop the 1000 yard free from its women’s conference championship meet beginning in 2024. The men’s meet will continue to sponsor the event.

The decision was voted on in 2017, but was not widely publicized at the time.

The Ivy League is the only fully-Division I championship meet that includes the 1000 yard free among its event offerings. The Pacific Collegiate Championships, which includes both Division I teams and Division II teams, includes the event because it is an NCAA Championship event at the Division II level.

The 1000 free is an approved event at the NCAA Division I level, even though it is not an NCAA Championship event. The same is true for the 100 IM, which the Summit League includes in its event lineup.

The 1000 free was added to the Ivy League Championship schedule in 1994 for men and in 2002 for women.

The Harvard men have dominated the event, winning 19 out of 27 championships offered. That includes the last three: a pair by Brennan Novak in 2018 and 2019, and another by freshman Cole Kuster in 8:57.24 last season. Kuster won by just half-a-second over Princeton freshman Dylan Porges.

The women’s race has seen more parity between teams. Princeton has won the event 6 times, Harvard has won it 5 times, and Yale has won it 5 times to lead all schools.

The Ivy League has had a number of great distance swimmers come through their championship met, including Alex Meyer of Harvard, Alicia Aemisegger of Princeton, NCAA Champion Chris Swanson of Penn, and Brennan Novak of Harvard, but no swimmer has ever successfully four-peted the race.

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3 years ago

I was pretty excited when they added the 1000 free and I didn’t have to do the 400 IM on the second day of the Ivy Conference meet anymore.

But honestly, the second day did seem a little fragmented. All the distance swimmers would do the 500 free on the first day, and then they would spread out across three events (200 free, 1000 free, 400 IM) on the second day.

3 years ago

LIBERATE the 1000!

Reply to  TribeFan
3 years ago


3 years ago

Add the 100 IM!!!

Coach Tom
3 years ago

How do you write an entire paragraph about Ivy League distance swimmers and leave out Olympic medalist/former world record holder Bobby Hackett?

Reply to  Coach Tom
3 years ago

Or NCAA champion Tony Corbisiero

3 years ago

Unfortunately the 1000 is my daughter’s best event. I had no clue that it wasn’t included in most conference championships and the NCAA until a few years ago as she was starting to think about swimming in college.

3 years ago

Keep the 1000 and drop the 1650 for all genders. Anything above a 1000 should just be open water. That’s right, I said it.

Reply to  Coachy
3 years ago

Make the whole meet long course.

Nobody is doing open water in Cambridge in February.

3 years ago

This just doesn’t seem right….especially if the men still get the opportunity to compete in the 1000. Has always been one of the cool things about the IVY Championships that set it apart from others.

3 years ago

is this that cancel culture?

Right Dude Here
Reply to  samulih
3 years ago

No this one those rona protocols

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