Women's Swimming and Diving Takes 14 Events, Topples Penn, 201-95
PHILADELPHIA – The Harvard women's swimming and diving team claimed 14 event wins on the afternoon against Ivy League opponent Penn, as the Crimson (4-1, 4-1 Ivy League) dominated the Quakers (2-5, 1-5 Ivy League), 201-95 on Sunday.
Once again, sophomore Danielle Lee claimed four victories on the day for Harvard, beginning with swimming the first leg of the victorious 200 medley relay unit. She combined with Stephanie Ferrell, Victoria Chan and Deirdre Clute to take home the first event of the day in 1:44.59 to start the Crimson off on the right foot.
Not long after, in the lengthiest race of the day Ashlee Korsberg paced the field and grabbed another win in the 1000 freestyle event, clocking in at 10:10.08. Lee kept up the pace for the Crimson, coming away with wins in the 200 freestyle (1:50.19), 200 backstroke (2:00.89) and the 200 IM (2:08.62) for Harvard. Sherry Liu gave the Crimson its first of eight one-two finishes on the day, placing second in the 200 free with her 1:53.65 swim.
Senior co-captain Deirdre Clute, with a win in the first event in her back pocket, took home a second-place victory behind Lee in the 200 backstroke (2:05.63) after cruising past the field in the 50 freestyle in 23.99 for her another first place finish. Her co-captain, fellow senior Danielle Schulkin, also showed up for the 200 butterfly, touching the wall before anyone else in 2:04.88 for yet another Harvard victory. Victoria Chan took second in the event, swimming a 2:09.28.
In the diving portion, a pair of Crimson juniors took center stage. Classmates Schuyler Moore and Cassandra Corneau both grabbed a first and second-place finish on the afternoon with spectacular dives. Moore took first in the 1-meter portion with her combined score of 255.23, just ahead of Corneau's 235.80. Corneau grabbed first in the 3-meter dive, scoring a 258.75, just edging out Moore's 257.47 combined points.
As the day wore on, Harvard did not wear out. Daniela Johnson paced the field in the 100 freestyle event (52.27), finishing in the top spot just ahead of teammates Sara Li (52.38) and Crawford (54.21), who finished second and third, respectively. Ferrell grabbed her second win of the day in the 200 breaststroke, swimming a 2:21.45 split, just ahead of Johnson in 2:26.80.
Victoria Chan added another win for her ledger in the 500 freestyle event, finishing less than two seconds in front of teammate Marlee Ehrlich (5:00.58) for another one-two punch for the Crimson. After Lee and Willa Wang took first and second in the 200 IM, the afternoon ended with the Crimson swimming in exhibitions for the 400 freestyle relay to end a solid day in the pool.
Harvard returns to action on Feb. 1 as the Crimson heads to New Haven, Conn., to participate in the annual H-Y-P tri-meet with Yale and Princeton.