By my estimation, the Ephs have already essentially clinched their umpteenth straight Director’s Cup by virtue of a big lead heading into the Spring sports season, a fairly pedestrian Spring by top challenger Amherst, and strong finishes already for men’s tennis, women’s golf (a program best seventh), and women’s lacrosse.  The four remaining competing Eph teams are all expected to do some serious additional damage in this week’s NCAA championships:

  • Second ranked (and two-time defending national champion) women’s tennis narrowly survived what would have been a monumental upset by Tufts, thanks to a clutch third set from frosh Nancy Worley.   Williams has two more tough matches to get through (vs. number eight Gustavus and, likely, number three Chicago, who the Ephs barely squeaked by earlier in the Spring) if they want a chance at payback against top ranked Amherst in the national title match.  Amherst has beaten the Ephs two out of three times this year, but Amherst will be looking for payback of its own after Williams upset them to claim last year’s title.  Follow live results of today’s match here.
  • Top ranked women’s crew is aiming to win an incredible FIFTH straight national title.   Can you say dynasty?
  • Women’s and men’s track and field are both bringing large groups of elite athletes to the championship.  Based on pre-meet seedings, the women are expected to finish tenth, and the men tied for eighth.  The teams are each led by precocious frosh who are individual title contenders: all-around superstar Tanasia Hoffler and javelin ace Stephen Simalchik, respectively.
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