Freshmen Crawford, Lee Set School Marks in Women’s Swimming and Diving’s 187-113 Win Over Columbia

Harvard won its 10th straight conference dual Friday afternoon against Columbia (photo Kevin Burns).

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Harvard women's swimming and diving team cruised past Columbia, 187-113, to earn its third Ivy League victory of the season and 10th straight conference win Friday afternoon. The Crimson won 12 of 16 events on the day.

Freshmen Kendall Crawford and Danielle Lee highlighted Harvard's results by setting the 100 back and 50 back school records, respectively. Crawford broke her own mark, which she set at Cornell last weekend, with a time of 54.99. Lee finished her record-setting 50 meters in 25.92. Lee becomes the first Harvard woman to swim a 50-yard backstroke in less than 26 seconds.

Lee was one of two individual double-winners for the Crimson, claiming the 200 free and 200 back. She completed the 200 free in 1:49.04 and won the 200 back in 1:59.35. Sherry Liu topped the 1,000-yard freestyle (10:00.85) and 500-yard freestyle events (4:54.24).

Harvard finished one-two in eight events, including senior Caroline Weaver (56.59) behind Crawford in the 100 back, sophomore Courtney Otto (1:49.43) being edged by Lee in the 200 free and Crawford (2:00.78) on Lee's trail in the 200 back. Liu's wins also came with Crimson swimmers right behind her, as freshman Marlee Ehrlich finished second in the 1,000 free (10:03.67) and classmate Margaret Ramsey was the second to the wall in the 500 free (4:56.83).

Sophomore Ana Anaya nearly eclipsed the two-minute mark in the 200 butterfly with a 2:00.57 and freshman Connie Hsu trailed at 2:02.08 in second. Senior Mackenzie Luick swam the 200 breastsroke in 2:18.79, ahead of Harvard's tri-captain Clare Foster (2:21.45) and sophomore Stephanie Ferrell (2:21.60).

The Crimson's top relays dominated Columbia in a pair of team events. Crawford, Luick, Anaya and Li swam the Crimson to a win in the 200-yard medley relay (1:42.52) in the first race of the day, while Harvard's Sarah Sumner, Lee, Deirdre Clute and Li outpaced the field in the 400-yard freestyle relay in 3:26.41 for a Crimson win in the final event of the afternoon.

Harvard also won the 50-yard free as Li (23.21) beat the rest of the the Crimson and Lion racers by more than a full second.

On the boards, junior Alex Stanton shined with a score of 274.50 to win the 3-meter competition. Sophomore Amanda Largent came in second with a 273.46.

Harvard will culminate the 2012 portion of the schedule with trips to Athens, Ga. and Long Island, N.Y. for the Georgia Invitational and ECAC Fall Championships, respectively. Both meets will start on Nov. 30 and run through Dec. 2.