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Women's Swimming and Diving Looks for Third Ivy Win Against Columbia

Katherine Pickard helped Harvard to wins over Cornell and Dartmouth last weekend (David Silverman).

Storyline

After capturing a pair of wins against Cornell and Dartmouth last weekend in its first action of the season, the Harvard women's swimming and diving team travels to New York to take on Columbia in an Ivy League dual meet. The contest marks Columbia's first home meet of the season after falling to Yale, 174-126, Friday in New Haven, Conn.

Last Time Out
Harvard got the season off to a powerful start, claiming six pool records and earning  nine event wins while topping Cornell and Dartmouth, Friday at Karl Michael Pool. The Crimson downed the Big Red 184.5 to 115.5 and defeated Dartmouth, 186-114, in its home pool.

Freshman Paige Newell got things started for Harvard as she took the 1,000-yard freestyle title with a pool-record time of 10:07.19. Junior Kristin Korsberg finished second in the race and also bested the previous pool mark with a time of 10:12.37. Senior Kate Mills was up next, taking the 200 butterfly race by more than three seconds in a pool record 2:01.19. Classmate Katy Hinkle followed suit in the 50 free, winning the event in a pool record time of 23.68.

Hinkle claimed her second event win with a time of 52.35 in the 100 free and junior Meghan Leddy broke the pool mark in her 200 backstroke win, swimming a time of 1:59.88. Sophomore Mackenzie Luick took the 200 breaststroke title with a time of 2:22.29 and Newell's second victory came in the 500 free as she posted a pool-record time of 4:56.56. Leddy and Katherine Pickard finished 1-2 in the 200 individual medley and the team of Mills, Hinkle, Ali Slack and Jenna Gregoire teamed up for another pool record in the final event of the day, winning the 400 free relay in 3:30.08.

Scouting the Lions
Despite falling to Yale in its season-opening meet, Columbia had a number of strong performances against the Bulldogs. The Lions' 200 medley relay team earned a win in the first race of the day and freshman Aileen Smith took the 1,000 free crown with a time of 10:15.54. Annie Perizzolo and Mariele Dunn placed 1-2 in the 100 breaststroke and sophomore Katie Meili earned a win in the 100 free. Perizzolo was the lone multi-event for winner for the Lions as she also captured the 200 breast.
 
Last Year's Meet
The Crimson captured the championship of the Harvard Swimming and Diving Invitational, winning six of seven events on the final day of competition at Blodgett Pool. Harvard finished with 1,224 points, 361 more than second-place Rutgers with 863. Columbia placed third with 698, followed by Wagner (288) and Sacred Heart (169). The Crimson also claimed a 182-107 dual-meet win against Columbia, hit two NCAA "B" cuts and won 17 of the 20 weekend events. Alexandra Clarke '10, Meghan Leddy, Katy Hinkle, Mackenzie Luick and Kate Mills won individual events for the Crimson, and Hinkle also contributed to a relay win on the final day of competition.

Up Next For Harvard
After a two-week break, Harvard travels to Athens, Ga., to participate in the Georgia Invitational. The meet runs Dec. 2 through Dec. 5.