Senior Caroline Weaver enjoyed today's senior meet by winning the 200 back (photo Harvard Athletic Communications).
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Harvard women's swimming and diving Class of 2013 was honored Sunday morning, before the Crimson rolled to a 232-68 win over visiting Vermont at Blodgett Pool. Seven seniors were recognized in the pre-meet ceremony with a flower presented by a Harvard men's swimming and diving classmate.
Four Crimson seniors, swimming in their final dual at Blodgett Pool, kicked off the meet by combining for a win in the 200 medley relay (1:48.14) as Harvard had the first four squads to finish. Caroline Weaver, Mackenzie Luick, Ellie Johnson and Carol Lin's win was the first of 15 on the day for Harvard, in 16 events, and one of nine instances where the Crimson swept at least the top three spots.
The Crimson proceeded to take the next four races to hold a strong lead, before finally dropping an event to the Catamounts. Freshman Oriana Wang grabbed the 1,000 free (10:24.77), Sara Li, fresh off winning three events against Penn and Brown yesterday, took the 200 free (1:50.49) and Harvard went 1-2-3 in the 100 back and 100 breaststroke. Sophomore Faith Martin, one of two double-winners for Harvard, had a first-place showing in the 100 back (57.59) with juniors Deirdre Clute (57.61) and Danielle Schulkin (1:00.17) behind her, while sophomore Stephanie Ferrell was the winner of the 100 breaststroke (1:05.67) ahead of senior Clare Foster (1:08.12) and junior Kyle Krueger (1:08.93).
After Vermont's Chelsea Krisanda earned the 200 butterfly victory in 2:09.07, Harvard went on to own the top of the results in the next nine races. Freshman Kendall Crawford started the run by posting first-place efforts in the next two swims, sandwiching a dominating performance by Harvard divers off of the three-meter board. Crawford's medalist events were the 50 free (24.07) and the 100 free (52.01), topping UVM's Christa Weaver (53.08), the sister of Harvard senior Caroline Weaver, who was in second. Between Crawford's swims, the Crimson filled the top seven positions on the three-meter board results with sophomore Amanda Largent (272.93) barely outperforming seniors Teagan Lehrmann (272.33) and Brittany Powell (267.61).
Next, the Crimson went 1-2-3 yet again, this time in the 200 back. Harvard's Weaver was the first senior to emerge victorious at the senior meet (2:02.45), outpacing juniors Schulkin (2:06.00) and Paige Newell (2:11.56). Martin then clipped Li in the 200 breaststroke by a .21 margin, freshman Margaret Ramsey outstretched classmate Marlee Ehrlich in the 500 free, 4:58.38 to 4:59.98, and freshman Danielle Lee cruised to the top rank in the 100 butterfly in 56.39, before Harvard picked up another senior triumph.
Brittany Powell became the second senior to claim an individual victory by leading a group of five Harvard divers that log-jammed the one-meter diving charts. Powell won by over 20 points with a 283.35 score, ahead of freshman Emily Bonfig's 263.78.
Harvard rounded out the meet with a win in the 400 IM from sophomore Kelsey Hojan-Clark (4:31.07) and another in the 200 free relay. The Crimson swam groups of seniors, juniors, freshmen and divers in the last race, with the newcomers putting up the top time of 1:39.61. The Class of 2013 was disqualified in the friendly event as all seven seniors got together to swim the four-person race.
The Crimson is back in competitive action Feb.1-2 for the annual HYP meet in Princeton, N.J. Harvard also has the Ivy Championships (Feb. 28-March 2), the ECAC Championships (March 1-3), the NCAA Diving Qualifier (March 14-16) and the NCAA Championships (March 21-23) on its schedule.