Koya Osada and the Crimson continued its strong performance at the Texas Invitational Saturday (Ray Yeager).
AUSTIN, Texas, IOWA CITY, Iowa & ATHENS, Ga. – Harvard swimming and diving's participation in invitationals in Texas, Iowa and Georgia continued Saturday with a number of quality finishes, highlighted by the breaking of a 10-year old school record in the women's 200 breaststroke by sophomore Geordie Enoch at the Texas Invitational.
TEXAS RECAP – Men's and women's swimming
Swimming in the 'B' final Saturday evening, Enoch glided through the water en route to a finishing time of 2:13.65, That NCAA 'B' cut mark edged Jackie Pangilinan's 2005 mark of 2:13.98 for the fastest ever in program history.
Saturday's finals got underway with the women's 200 backstroke where two Crimson registered 'B' cut times. Swimming in the 'A' final, Danielle Lee finished seventh overall with a mark of 1:56.64. Teammate Kendall Crawford took first in the 'C' final with her time of 1:58.46. The 200 back also proved successful for the men as Jack Manchester posted a 'B' cut time. Manchester shined with a fourth-place overall finish in 1:44.04. Christian Yeager finished first in the 'C' final at 1:46.63.
Shane McNamara put together a solid performance in the men's 200 breast, finishing sixth overall with a 1:59.04, good for a 'B' cut. In the 200 butterfly, freshman Sonia Wang found success with her 'B' cut time of 1:58.01, which earned her seventh. For the men, Max Yakubovich also garnered a 'B' cut time of 1:46.84 to finish first in the 'C' final.
In the women's distance 1,650 free, Willa Wang posted another top-10 finish for the Crimson, taking eighth with her time of 16:41.96. Freshman Logan Houck notched a top-10 showing for the men as well, claiming ninth with a 'B' cut qualifying time of 15:21.35.
HAWKEYE RECAP – Women's Swimming
In Iowa, Harvard opened the finals session Saturday evening with a seventh-place finish in the 200 medley relay. Marissa Cominelli, Katherine Evans, Gabrielle Sims and Victoria Chan comprised the team that finished in 1:44.17.
The 200 free proved to be a favorable event for the Crimson with three swimmers finishing in the top eight. Junior Daniela Johnson earned second overall with her 1:49.44, while freshman Claire Pinson and Chan took seventh and eighth. Harvard also collected two top-five finishes in the 100 back. Cominelli secured a runner-up performance with a 'B' cut mark of 54.69, while Kristina Li touched the wall in fifth.
Pinson captured a win in the 'B' final in the 400 IM with her time of 4:22.02. Harvard's top finish in the 100 butterfly with junior Margaret Chory taking second in the 'B' final, finishing in 56.04.
After opening with a good finish in a relay, Harvard closed out the day in Iowa with another, coming in third in the 800 free relay. Chory, Johnson, Chan and Pinson finished the event in 7:25.33.
UGA RECAP – Diving
It was another impressive day on the boards in Athens for the Harvard divers, led by a third-place showing by sophomore Jing Leung on the women's three-meter. Leung posted a strong finals score of 316.55 behind only competitors from Virginia and Georgia. Teammates Mikaela Thompson and Elina Leiviskä also earned top-10 finishes, taking sixth and eighth respectively.
Freshman Luke Martinez had the top finish for the men on the one-meter board, claiming 10th with a 276.60.