Women's Swimming Captures HYP and Ivy League Dual Meet Titles
Harvard secured the 2012 HYP title and Ivy League dual meet championship with wins over Princeton and Yale, and ended the Tigers' 43-meet win streak in the process (OAC).
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Harvard women's swimming and diving team collected its first HYP title and Ivy League dual meet championship since 2006 on Sunday by defeating Princeton, 190-110, and Yale, 235-65.
The wins improve Harvard to a perfect 7-0 against the Ancient Eight, marking the third unblemished conference record and third Ivy League dual crown for the Crimson under Stephanie Wriede Morawski, the Costin Family Head Coach for Harvard Women's Swimming & Diving. Harvard's victory over Princeton also ended the Tigers' streak of 43 consecutive wins and its run as the five-time reigning dual meet champs.
Princeton clinched a win over Yale early in the day on Sunday to extend its winning streak to 43, and defeated the Bulldogs by a score of 231-69.
"Our team has been very focused all year on this," Morawski commented. "Our goal is at the end of the season to try to win the Ivy League championship, and we knew coming into this Princeton was 42-0. We had nothing to lose. That's really what the focus was, be relaxed, be calm, you've got nothing to lose. Just get out there and have some fun racing."
Harvard opened the meet on Saturday by claiming five of eight events, and showed off its depth by going 1-2-3 in two of those events. The Crimson started things off with a record-setting performance in the 200 medley relay, as the team of Caroline Weaver, Mackenzie Luick, Ana Anaya and Sarah Sumner set a new school record of 1:42.39 to place first. Princeton came in second in the event while Faith Martin, Stephanie Ferrell, Danielle Schulkin and Sara Li clocking in at 1:43.17 to place third.
Kelsey Hojan-Clark won the 1,000 free in a time of 9:51.32 and was followed by Courtney Otto who placed second in 9:57.72. Harvard posted its first 1-2-3 finish in the 200 free, as Catherine Zagroba (1:48.59) beat out Martin (1:49.01) and Li (1:50.38) for first. Princeton rebounded with a first and second-place finish in the 100 back, but Harvard's depth reemerged with wins in the next two events.
Luick finished less than half a second short of breaking a second program record with her winning time of 1:03.01 in the 100 breast, and Ferrell clocked in at 1:03.59 for second. The Crimson registered its second 1-2-3 finish in the 200 fly, with Schulkin's time of 1:59.60 leading the way. Hilary Roberts finished second in 2:00.00 and Otto placed third in 2:00.37.
Sumner swam to a second-place finish in the 50 free (23.46), finishing just behind Princeton's Lisa Boyce (22.92) who took first. Yale's Rachel Rosenberg closed the day out with a win on the one-meter diving board, posting a final score of 267.65 to edge out Leslie Rea who took second with 261.05 points.
At the end of day one Harvard led Princeton 95-55 and was up 118-32 on Yale. The Tigers, meanwhile, owned a 116-34 edge over the Bulldogs.
Princeton got off the blocks quickly on Sunday as Lisa Boyce captured the 100 free with a time of 49.74. Sumner took second in the event in 51.05 and the Tigers' Carter Stephens came in third at 51.11. The results were a mirror image in the 200 back with Harvard placing first and third and Princeton coming in second. Meghan Leddy won the event with a time of 1:57.60, just edging out Meredith Monroe who posted a time of 1:57.67. Deirdre Clute finished third in 1:59.15.
Luick made it two straight victories for the Crimson as she touched the wall in 2:15.62 to claim the 200 breast. Martin was just behind her in second with a time of 2:15.68 while Emily Yu took third for Princeton in 2:16.89.
Harvard went 1-2 in the 500 free as well, and clinched its win over Princeton with the result. Hojan-Clark had the honor of sealing the victory for the Crimson with her time of 4:49.82, touching the wall just before Zagroba who finished second in 4:50.41.
Stephens ended Harvard's run of three straight wins with a time of 54.71 in the 100 fly, but Anaya (54.85) and Schulkin (55.04) were right on her heels for second and third, respectively. Rosenberg swept the diving portion of the competition with a total of 292.30 points on the three meter, as Rea earned her second runner-up finish with a total of 261.0 points.
Harvard put the finishing touches on its impressive weekend with 1-2 finishes in the 200 IM and 400 free relay. Laura Evans was the first to touch the wall in the 200 IM with a time of 2:02.70 while Leddy finished second in 2:04.12. Martin, Li, Alicia Lightbourne and Sumner combined for a time of 3:23.52 in the 400 free relay as Jenna Gregoire, Clute, Anaya and Zagroba stopped the clock in 3:27.82.
Harvard will now set its sights on capturing its first Ivy League Championships title as host of the meet Feb. 23-26.