Harvard Sets Three Pool Records in Win at Penn

Robinson and her Crimson teammates reached the finish first in every swimming event (photo courtesy David Silverman).

PHILADELPHIA—Katy Hinkle and Kelly Robinson each contributed to three official wins and a record-setting exhibition win to lead the Harvard women’s swimming and diving team to a 218-95 win against Penn Saturday at Sheerr Pool. Kate Mills joined Hinkle and Robinson as a double-event winner, setting pool records with both her victories as Harvard won all 14 contested swimming events despite competing during its peak training period.

The diving events for the meet were held at Princeton as part of the Princeton Diving Invitational. Jenny Reese was Harvard’s top finisher in the one-meter, taking second with 262.20 points. Leslie Rea took third in the three-meter with 248.70 points.

Hinkle and Robinson, Mackenzie Luick and Ali Slack opened the meet with a win in the 200-yard medley relay in 1:46.85 to get Harvard (4-0, 4-0 Ivy League) rolling. With the Crimson swimming the final two events as exhibitions, Robinson, Slack, Camille Hendrix and Hinkle finished the 400 freestyle relay in 3:30.68 to set a new pool record. In between, Hinkle claimed victory in the 100 backstroke (58.03 seconds) and the 100 free (52.64). Robinson won the 50 free (24.15) and 100 butterfly (55.82).

Mills’ winning times of 2:00.36 in the 200 fly and 4:54.33 were good for new Sheerr records. Fellow junior Katherine Pickard also touched the wall first in two events, winning the 200 free in 1:53.02 and finishing first while swimming the 400 individual medley as an exhibition in 4:24.43. Luick was also a multiple-event winner, taking the 100 breaststroke in 1:05.67 to go with her relay victory.

Harvard’s other winners were Christine Kaufmann in the 1,000 free (10:06.22), Meghan Leddy in the 200 back (2:02.61) and Helen Pitchik in the 200 breast (2:21.26).