Wang’s School Record Highlights Swimming’s First Day at Texas Invitational

Wang’s School Record Highlights Swimming’s First Day at Texas Invitational

Christian Yeager recorded a 'B' cut time in the 200 IM (Athletic Communications).

AUSTIN, Texas – The Harvard men's and women's swimming teams completed the first full day of racing at the Texas Invitational Thursday evening, but the highlight came in the prelims where freshman Sonia Wang set a new school record in the 200 IM.

Wang's stellar rookie season continued Thursday when she became the first Harvard women's swimmer to break the 2:00.00 mark in the 200 IM, posting a time of 1:58.51. The time was good for fifth in the prelims, where she also finished in the finals during the evening session with a 1:59.22, an NCAA 'B' cut time. Geordie Enoch also finished in the top-10 with her own 'B' cut mark, finishing ninth at 1:59.45.

On the men's side, Harvard saw three of its 200 IM swimmers post NCAA 'B' cut times. Christian Yeager posted the quickest time of the Crimson contingent at 1:48.02, with Daniel Tran (1:48.14) and Koya Osada (1:48.32) right behind. Tran's mark moves him into the Harvard top-10 all-time in the event, good for ninth.

Paul O'Hara registered a top-10 finish for the men in the 50 free, narrowly missing a 'B' cut time by .05 with his mark of 20.24. Teammates Sebastian Lutz and Ed Kim posted equally as strong performances with 11th and 14th-place showings with times of 20.31 and 20.59, respectively. For the women, Kendall Crawford posted the top time of her heat in the 50 free at 23.39.

Osada and Kim also teamed with Shane McNamara and Max Yakubovich to claim eighth in the 400 medley relay, touching in 3:15.09. For the women, Britany Usinger, Danielle Lee, Wang and Crawford finished in 1:33.92.

In the women's 500 free, Willa Wang and Sherry Liu clocked in with strong performances at 4:51.85 and 4:52.22.

The first events in Austin were held Wednesday evening with the men's and women's 800 freestyle relays. In both events, the Crimson posted seventh-place finishes.

The Texas Invitational continues Friday with the prelims at 10 a.m. and finals at 7 p.m. Competition also gets underway at the Hawkeye Invitational where Harvard has sent a contingent of its women, while the divers are taking part in the UGA Invitational.