The six Harvard seniors. (HWSD on Facebook)
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – In one of the more dramatic finishes in recent HYP memory, the Harvard women's swimming and diving team defeated Yale and finished in a deadlock with Princeton after two days in Blodgett Pool. The Crimson celebrated Senior Day for its six seniors – Cassie Corneau, Stephanie Ferrell, Kelsey Hojan-Clark, Schuyler Moore, Faith Martin and Sarah Sumner – with a 184-116 victory over the Bulldogs and a clean 150-150 tie with the Tigers ahead of what looks to be a highly competitive Ivy Championships.
Everything came down to the wire on Saturday with the 400 free relay playing a crucial role as the last event of the weekend. PU took first place, but the Crimson finished second to force the tie with the Tigers. Danielle Lee, Gabby Sims, Kendall Crawford and Daniela Johnson touched the wall just .21 seconds after Princeton's quartet in second place to cap the momentous day.
In the second event of the afternoon, the Crimson went 1-2 thanks to the blistering pace set by Danielle Lee and Kristina Li in the 200 back. The two doubled down and stole the top two spots, before Katie Evans did the same in the 200 breaststroke in the next event. Evans nudged out Yale's Paulina Kaminski by .72 seconds to vault the Crimson further ahead. Ferrell and Martin finished in third and fourth, respectively, to give Harvard extra room for error moving forward.
Sherry Liu carried the momentum in exciting fashion, besting teammate Margaret Ramsey in the 500 free to give Harvard yet another 1-2 finish. Liu finished two seconds ahead of the pack, while Ramsay did well to beat out Yale's Cailley Silbert by .18 seconds.
On the boards, Harvard had a decent showing out of freshman Hannah Allchurch, who followed up her 3-meter success with a fourth place finish on 1-meter. Allchurch was the top Crimson finisher, combining dives for a score of 266.75, just ahead of seniors Schulyer Moore and Cassie Corneau, who both wrapped up their Crimson Ivy dual seasons in style.
Before the dramatics of the 400 free relay to seal the deal, freshman Geordie Enoch continued her wildy successful freshman campaign with yet another victory in the 200 IM. Enoch took first in 2:04.10, while classmate Katie Evans placed third in 2:05.59.
After enjoying the successful weekend, the Crimson will enjoy a two week break before hosting the Ivy League Championships in February