Women’s Swimming and Diving Begins Ivy Title Defense Versus Dartmouth and Cornell Saturday

Women’s Swimming and Diving Begins Ivy Title Defense Versus Dartmouth and Cornell Saturday

Daniela Johnson will serve as co-captain this season (Gil Talbot).

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Harvard women's swimming and diving program will be in action for the first time Saturday, Nov. 12, heading to Hanover, New Hampshire to take on Dartmouth and Cornell in an Ivy League tri-meet. Competition at Karl Michael Pool will begin at 12 p.m. Saturday.

Schedule Outlook
This weekend's meet is the lone head-to-head competition before 2017 for the Crimson. Harvard's swimmers will head to Texas the first weekend of December, while the divers head to Georgia for invitationals. The New Year begins with Columbia visiting Blodgett pool and trips west to Utah and Denver for the divers. Harvard finishes the Ivy slate on the road before hosting Northeastern Feb. 5 in the final dual of the regular season. Brown will host this year's Ivy League Championship Meet Feb. 24-26.

Recapping 2015-16
Harvard made it a season to remember at the 2016 Ivy Championship Meet, posting a team score of 1500.5 to best Yale by 78 points to earn the program's 12th conference title. The championship was the third over the last five years for the Crimson. Harvard won six events at the meet, including winning both diving events. Jing Leung (platform) and Sonia Wang (200 IM) both qualified for the NCAA Championships, with Leung collecting first team All-America with her eight-place finish in the platform dive.

All-Ivy Returners
Five individual swimmers and divers that earned All-Ivy honors last season will return to the pool for the Crimson. Meagan Popp (So., 200 IM, 100 breast), Sonia Wang (So., 400 IM, 200 IM), Mikaela Thompson (So., one-meter), Hannah Allchurch (Jr., three-meter) and Geordie Enoch (Jr., 200 breast) all return for Harvard. Each member of Harvard's 800 free relay squad that garnered second team All-Ivy last year also return.

Academic Success
As a team, the Crimson were deemed a CSCAA Scholar All-America team, with seven individuals receiving CSCAA Scholar All-America recognition. To earn that honor, a student-athlete must earn a GPA of 3.50 or above and achieve a 'B' cut as a swimmer or compete in the NCAA Championship as a diver.

Seniors Daniela Johnson and Summer Schmitt will lead the Crimson as team captains this year.

Harvard announced the addition of nine freshmen to join the squad this fall. Comprising the class of 2020 are: Chloe Close, Mikaela Dahlke, Meagan Galbreath, Matti Harrison, Jerrica Li, Mei Lynn, Katherine Miciau, Amy Song and Aaki Vora.

Scouting Dartmouth
Saturday's meet will be the first of the year for the Big Green. Dartmouth went winless in dual meets a year ago and placed eighth at the Ivy League Championship Meet. Harvard is 37-3 all-time against Dartmouth and has not lost to the Big Green since 1979.

Scouting Cornell
The Big Red is also competing officially for the first time this season in Hanover. Cornell posted a 3-6 dual record in 2015-16 and placed seventh at the Ivy Championship Meet. Harvard holds a 31-1 advantage in the all-time series, with the Big Red's only win coming in the first meeting in the series in 1983.