Swimming and Diving Posts Strong Times at Three Invitationals Friday

Swimming and Diving Posts Strong Times at Three Invitationals Friday

David Pfeifer finished fourth on the three-meter board (Keith Miller).

AUSTIN, Texas, IOWA CITY, Iowa & ATHENS, Ga. – It was a full day of action for the Harvard swimming and diving program as it had competitors in the pool and on the diving boards in three invitationals across the country Friday. Swimmers from both teams finished up day two of the Texas Invitational, while the women also sent a contingent to the Hawkeye Invitational in Iowa. The divers were in action at the UGA Invitational.

TEXAS RECAP – Men's and Women's Swimming
Sonia Wang and Geordie Enoch were at it again Friday for the women's team, beginning the Friday finals session with NCAA 'B' cut times in the 400 IM. Wang took fourth overall in the event at 4:13.92 while Enoch was third in the 'B' final at 4:18.39. In the men's 400 IM, Christian Yeager, Daniel Tran and Koya Osada took third, fourth and fifth, respectively, in the 'B' final, each with 'B' cut times.

Kendall Crawford qualified for the 'A' final in the 100 butterfly with her 'B' cut mark of 52.89 and then took eighth in the finals. Brittany Usinger was the second finisher in the 'B' final after scoring a 'B' cut time of 54.37 in the prelims. Max Yakubovich clocked the top mark of the 'C' final on the men's side at 47.50, good for a 'B' cut.

Harvard's women collected two more 'B' cut qualifying times in the 100 backstroke when Danielle Lee recorded the top time in the 'B' final at 53.18 and Crawford touched the wall in 55.08. Jack Manchester put up a 'B' cut time for the Crimson men, finishing third in the 'B' final in 48.29, while Yakubovich took the top mark in the 'C' final with his qualifying cut time of 48.47. The men concluded the day with a seventh-place finish in the 200 medley relay made up of Osada, Sebastian Lutz, Yakubovich and Paul O'Hara.

UGA RECAP - Diving
Harvard's women had an impressive day on the one-meter board, placing three divers in the top 10. Junior Elina Leiviskä put together the top score for the Crimson with a 242.15 to earn fifth overall. Sophomore Hannah Allchurch was right behind her in sixth with a score of 238.00 and Mikaela Thompson took eighth at 231.10.

Sophomore David Pfeifer led the way for the men on the three-meter board, taking fourth overall with his mark of 343.25 which topped the current 'A' qualifying standard. Classmate Bobby Ross claimed 11th at 292.95, while freshman Luke Martinez posted a score of 288.40.

HAWKEYE RECAP- Women's Swimming
In Friday's finals, Harvard's 200 freestyle relay squad got things start with a seventh-place finish in 1:33.90. Comprising the team was Victoria Chan, Holly Christensen, Kristina Li and Gabrielle Sims. Freshman Claire Pinson earned a fifth-place showing in the 500 free finals at 4:54.89, while sophomore Regan Kology garnered seventh in 4:55.65. Junior Margaret Chory was the second finisher in the 'B' final with a mark of 4:56.35.

Daniela Johnson secured another quality finish for the Crimson in the 200 IM finals, touching in fifth in 2:01.93. Chan and Sims were both in action in the 'B' final of the 50 free, placing 13th and 14th overall.