Women's Swimming and Diving Closes Out Texas, MIT Invitationals

AUSTIN, Texas – After taking ninth place in the 100 backstroke event on Day 2 of the Texas Invitational, Danielle Lee equaled her performance and claimed an NCAA provisional 'B' time in the 200 backstroke on Day 3 in Joe Jamail Texas Swimming Center.

Lee touched the wall first in the 200 backstroke B Final in 1:57.36, just a second over her top career time. Other Crimson swimmers performed well against the stiff competition between the lanes, including Harvard's 400 freestyle relay unit.

The Crimson quartet of Daniela Johnson, Sara Li, Margaret Ramsey and Victoria Chan took home 10th place in the event, clocking in at 3:22.79 in the final event of the evening for Harvard. Chan also claimed a 26th-place spot in the 100 freestyle event, finishing in 50.06.

In the 200 breaststroke, Stephanie Ferrell clocked in at 2:19.08 for 22nd place, while co-captain Danielle Schulkin topped out in 32nd in the 200 butterfly, touching the wall at 2:05.95 in the tough event. In the brutally long 1650 freestyle, distance specialists Ashlee Korsberg (16:46.93) and Marlee Elrich (16:47.52) captured 10th and 11th, respectively, for the Crimson, just missing 'B' cut times themselves.

MIT Invitational

In the MIT Invitational, the Crimson put together a stellar showing, capturing second place in the event. Connie Hsu got Harvard rolling on Day 2, taking the top spot in the 400 IM with her 4:34.50 split. After Margaret Chory (57.79) and Shori Hijikata (58.15) claimed third and fourth, respectively, in the 100 butterfly, giving the Crimson 31 combined team points, senior Paige Newell added 17 more with her second-place finish in the 200 freestyle (1:54.63).

Kyle Krueger was less than a second from touching the wall first in the 100 breaststroke, taking second in 1:07.33, while Savannah Butler finished just behind in fourth place (1:07.69). Chory earned another third place finish on the day, this time swimming the 100 backstroke in 58.18.

To kick things off on the boards, Elina Leviska took first by a wide margin in the 3-meter dive, totaling a score of 343.15. Just like the 1-meter, the Crimson swept the first five spots, continued by Brittany Wang (307.95), Cassandra Corneau (288.35), Schuyler Moore (274.75) and Alex Stanton (272.70).

In the grueling 1650 freestyle, Daniela Suarez-Rebling touched the wall before anyone else, taking first with her 17:30.24 for 20 team points. Other highlights include Butler's second-place finish in the 200 breaststroke (2:26.10) and Hsu (2:06.45) and Hijikata's (2:07.33) one-two finish in the 200 butterfly.

When all was said and done, the Crimson picked up 676.5 points for a second-place finish in the two-session event.

The Crimson will take more than a month off of competition through the Holidays, hitting the pool Jan. 11 vs. Brown in Blodgett Pool when the winter semester picks up.