I think you'd have to put me down as one of "some." I think it will again be a tight team battle, and I'd love to see my hometown Lions come out on top again, but they're not the only ones with depth. Princeton has quality in quantity.
Teams? Defending champ Columbia graduated their 1-2-4 from last year, but with them it seems to be more a matter of reload than rebuild--crazy depth on that team.
Princeton lost last year's front three, but their next four did an outstanding job and some will see the Tigers as the early-book favorite.
Particularly on the men's side. The women's side has been a bit more variable in recent years, although could Harvard be starting a new dominance in the T&F scene and Dartmouth for the distance scene?
Based upon incoming recruiting classes it seems as though Princeton and Columbia are even further distancing themselves from the rest of the league, Harvard had the next best class by a significant margin. Heps XC has turned into Heps Track - a dual meet or possibly a tri-meet every few years.
Yeah, I haven't either. IIRC a school is allowed only one official announcement of its incoming class, and last year several squads seemed to employ the motto of a swim coach I used to know: "Don't count on a recruit until you see him stepping through the footbaths at the first practice." Some teams were playing very close to their vest.
C/M Runner wrote:
I haven't been following the recruiting classes though.
No, I think we heard it in the OP...
Invisible Walrus wrote:
Look for Brown to make big gains this season. You heard it here first, gents.
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