CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – After returning from its winter break training trip overseas in Spain, the Harvard women's swimming and diving team looks to get back to competition on Saturday as it hosts Brown in the Crimson's only home dual this season. Harvard leads the all-time series against Brown, 27-9, including 10 straight victories. The Crimson has topped the Bears in every year since 2001 and has not let Brown within 40 points of winning a dual.
Because Saturday is Harvard's only dual meet in Blodgett Pool this season, the Crimson will pay respect to its seven seniors: Deirdre Clute, Taylor Foster, Kyle Kruger, Sara Li, Paige Newell, Danielle Schulkin and Alex Stanton. The seven swimmers and divers have helped Harvard to a current 24-4 dual meet mark with an Ivy League title and two second-place finishes at the Ivy League Championships.
A Quick Look at the Crimson
Harvard, which clocked in at No. 11 in CollegeSwimming.com's Mid-Major Mid-Season rankings, owns a 2-1 mark, with pair of wins coming in the Dartmouth/Cornell tri-meet on Nov. 16. Harvard then went on to the Texas Invitational and the MIT Invitational, where it saw some of the top competition in the country. The Crimson grabbed 13 top-15 finishes in the heated three-day event, including an NCAA provisional 'B' cut time from Danielle Lee in the 200 backstroke event.
Harvard also captured second place in the MIT Invite, while the squad was split between Austin and Cambridge, scoring 410.5 points in the two-day event.
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Three Crimson swimmers and divers have swept events this season, including freshman diver Elina Leiviska, who has taken home first place in all four of her events this season. Sophomore Danielle Lee swept the 100- and 200-backstroke, swimming a 54.54 and 1:58.88, respectively, against Columbia, while junior Stephanie Ferrell took home both the 100- and 200-breaststroke competitions in 1:05.76 and 2:32.22, respectively, when the Crimson faced Dartmouth and Cornell.
A Quick Look at Brown
The Bears enter the weekend 4-0 with a third-place finish in the Princeton Invite before the winter break. The Bears started out strong with a sweep of UMass-Amherst and Northeastern, before defeating Maine, 198-97, the next week in the pool. Last weekend Brown trumped Providence College, 131-69, to earn its fourth dual meet win of the year.