Women's Swimming and Diving Trumps Brown, 202-98
The Crimson fared very well against its Ivy League counterpart on Saturday.
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The women's swimming and diving team came away with a decisive victory over Ivy League foe Brown on Senior Day Saturday. The Crimson (3-1, 3-1 Ivy) fended off the Bears (4-1, 0-1 Ivy) in convincing fashion, 202-98.
The Crimson, which finished the day with 12 total event wins and sent its seven seniors out in style (as far as home meets are concerned), started out with a splash after Danielle Lee, Sara Li, Kendall Crawford and Victoria Chan took first in the opening event, the 200 medley relay. The quartet clocked in at 1:44.88 for 11 points and an early lead in the Crimson's favor.
Harvard stole the top-four spots in the 1000 freestyle, led by Sherry Liu's speedy, first-place winning 9:58.97 time. Kelsey Hojan-Clark (10:05.38) took second, followed by Willa Wang (10:07.75) and Marlee Ehrlich (10:16.71).
Ashlee Korsberg claimed the first of her two event wins on the afternoon in the 200 freestyle, touching the wall first in 1:50.61. The freshman also took home the 500 free, clocking in at 4:53.62 later in the afternoon for a mid-distance sweep.
Danielle Lee picked up her second of four total event wins next with a quick 54.84 split in the 100 backstroke, edging out a pair of Brown swimmers for the title. The sophomore went on to claim the top spot in the 100 free (51.15) and the 200 IM (2:06.73) for the Crimson.
In the 11th event of the day, senior co-captain Danielle Schulkin raced the fastest fourth lap of the 200 butterfly to take second place (2:05.01), .15 of a second behind Brown's Gina Matsumoto's 2:04.86, her best finish of the day. Fellow senior classmate Sara Li grabbed first in the lightning-fast 50 free, touching the wall in 23.69 for nine team points.
In the first diving event of the day for both squads, freshman Brittany Wang beat out fellow classmate Elina Leiviska in the 3-meter dive, taking first with her combined score of 297.16. Leiviska, who scored a 279.61 in the 3-meter, also took second in the 1-meter towards the end of the day, finishing just behind teammate and senior diver Alex Stanton. Stanton recorded a 285.60 in her final event at Blodgett Pool as a member of the Crimson, going out on top.
Kendall Crawford, who was a part of the winning 200 medley relay unit, took home another top spot with her 200 backstroke effort of 2:01.48. She would finish fourth in the 100 butterfly, swimming a 58.18, for two points towards the Crimson's cause.
Butterfly specialist Courtney Otto claimed first in the 100 fly, as the junior set the pace with her 57.17 split. She took part in the 200 IM, finishing in second just behind Lee with her 2:07.82.
Even though Harvard dropped the final event of the day to the visiting Bears, the 200 free relay, the Crimson took the Ivy dual with a steady margin of 202-98. Harvard returns to the pool in just a week's time for yet another Ancient Eight dual meet as it travels to Philadelphia to take on Penn at 11 a.m. on Sunday, Jan. 19.