Women’s Swimming and Diving Clinches Second With Split at HYP

Katy Hinkle helped Harvard to one of its two wins at the HYP meet (David Silverman).

NEW HAVEN, Conn. –
The Harvard women's swimming and diving team wrapped up its regular season schedule at the annual HYP meet, taking down Yale, 217-83, and falling to Princeton, 207-93, Saturday afternoon. The Crimson ends its 2010-11 regular season with a 6-1 record, good for second place in the Ivy League standings.

Harvard started off strong, taking the second, third and fourth spots in the three-meter diving competition, led by veteran Jenny Reese, who was just .40 points off the winning total. Kate Mills took third in the 200-yard freestyle with a time of 1:51.01 and followed with a second-place finish in the 200 butterfly with a 2:01.00 mark. Meghan Leddy notched a third-place finish in the 100 backstroke in 56.50 and Katy Hinkle and Jenna Gregoire finished 2-3 in the 50 free with times of 23.42 and 23.85, respectively.

Leslie Rea led the one-meter divers for Harvard, taking second with a total of 253.10 points. Leddy added a second-place finish to her day in the 200 back, turning in a time of 2:00.78 and Mills recorded another top-three time with a third-place finish in the 500 free in 4:55.28. The Crimson wrapped up the meet in fine style, taking the top three times in the 200 individual medley, led by Sara Li's mark of 2:04.99. The final event of the meet also belonged to Harvard as Hinkle, Mills, Gregoire and Ali Slack teamed for a win in the 400 free relay in 3:24.45.

"Tommy Amaker spoke with our team on Thursday and said, 'Not every win is right, and not every loss is wrong,' said Stephanie Morawski, the Costin Family Head Coach for Harvard Women's Swimming and Diving. "We may have lost to Princeton but it was an amazing meet for us.  Many individuals posted season best times and the camaraderie among them will lead to great results at the conference meet. We've technically perfected our races and dives and I continue to be amazed with this team."

Harvard is back in action Feb. 24-26 when it heads to Princeton, N.J. for the Ivy League Championships.