Women's Swimming and Diving Claims Third Straight HYP
NEW HAVEN, Conn. – For the third season in a row, the Harvard women's swimming and diving program swept the annual HYP meet, this time as the Crimson (6-1, 6-1 Ivy League) topped Princeton, 189-111, and host Yale, 195-105, in Robert J.H. Kiphuth Exhibition Pool on Saturday.
After a tremendous first day in the pool on Friday to kick things off, one which featured six wins in eight events, the Crimson started strong once again. Shortly after freshman Elina Leiviska's second-place finish on the boards with her 280.40 combined score, followed closely by senior Alex Stanton's fourth-place finish (244.50) in her final HYP, Harvard earned its seventh win of the tri-meet with Danielle Lee's stellar time in the 200 backstroke. Lee picked up her second win of the weekend as she touched the wall first in 1:58. 19.
Stephanie Ferrell grabbed her second individual win in New Haven with the 200 breaststroke one event later. Se clocked in more than a second earlier than Emily Yu of Princeton in second place, swimming a 2:19.51. Sherry Liu followed up with stellar win in the 500 free, edging out Yale's Eva Fabian by a mere .01 seconds, claiming first in 4:52.05. Margaret Ramsey took third in the event, clocking in at 4:55.87 for Harvard.
The Crimson finished 2-3 in the 100 butterfly, thanks to Ana Anaya's 55.48 and Danielle Schulkin's 55.93 split, but Harvard saved the best for last. In the final event of the weekend, the Crimson quartet of Victoria Chan, Sarah Sumner, Daniela Johnson and Sara Li smashed both the pool and HYP record in the 400 freestyle relay. The four combined for a 3:21.42 mark, three seconds better than the pool record and four seconds better than the tri-meet record. As the first-leg swimmer, Chan set the pool record with her 49.61 split in her portion of the 100 free to cap things off in the Crimson's victory.
Done with Ivy League duals, owning a 6-1 record overall, Harvard returns to the pool next week with a trip to Blacksburg, Va., to participate in the Virginia Tech Open, before heading off to the Ivy League Championships towards the end of the month.