Lee and the Crimson faired very well against Dartmouth and Cornell, handling its two Ivy League rivals with ease to move to 2-1. (Gil Talbot)
HANOVER, N.H. – The Harvard women's swimming and diving team bounced back from a season-opening loss with two resounding wins over Ivy League rivals Dartmouth, 201-99, and Cornell, 196-104, on Saturday in Karl Michael Pool. Seven individual Crimson earned event wins, which added with victories in both relays gave Harvard (2-1, 2-1 Ivy League) a total of 11 wins on the afternoon.
Overall, Harvard dominated early on in the Ivy tri-meet, placing first in the first seven events. Elina Leiviska brought home a first place score on the 3-meter platform to start things off, earning an impressive 306.35. Later on in the meet, the freshman diver took ahold of another first place finish in the 1-meter dive, scoring a 284.65, giving the Crimson plenty of cushion in the points race.
Danielle Lee, Stephanie Ferrell, Kendall Crawford and Victoria Chan smashed the pool record in the 200 medley relay, breaking the old mark by two seconds, leaving the other quartets in their wake with their 1:45.00 time. After Sherry Liu grabbed first in the lengthy 1000 free (10:09.73), Lee kept the train rolling with a pool-record setting swim in the 200 free. Her 1:50.63 set a new mark in Karl Michael Pool by more than a second.
Kendall Crawford made it two pool records in a row for Harvard, blazing the 100 backstroke in 55.34 for a first place finish. The event was the quickest of the day as the 1-2-3 finishers smashed the mark in succession.
Ferrell earned her second overall win in the 100 breaststroke (1:05.76), and would add another victory in the 200 breaststroke (2:23.22) shortly thereafter. Courtney Otto shined in the 200 butterfly (2:04.20), blistering the field by more than three seconds. After Lee picked up yet another win, this time in the 500 free (5:00.51), Victoria Chan took first in the quick 100 fly, swimming an impressive 55.66 to claim first. In the meet's final event, the 400 freestyle relay, Chan led the foursome of herself, Sara Li, Danielle Lee and Daniela Johnson to another pool record, this time felling the one-year-old mark by more than four seconds to cap off the successful day in the pool.
The Crimson returns to the pool in three weeks when Harvard travels to Austin, Texas, for the Texas Invitational beginning on Dec. 5.