Four Wins in Texas and Strong Showings in Georgia Serve as Highlights for Women’s Swimming and Diving Friday

Brittany Usinger placed second in the 100 butterfly Saturday (Gil Talbot).
Brittany Usinger placed second in the 100 butterfly Saturday (Gil Talbot).

Brittany Usinger was just .01 off from the Harvard record in the 100 fly (Gil Talbot).

AUSTIN, Texas & ATHENS, Ga. – The Harvard women's swimmers posted four victories at the Texas Invitational and the divers had a number of strong performances at the Georgia Diving Invitational, highlighting a successful day in the pool for the Crimson.

Texas Invitational - Results
The morning prelims saw a Harvard record fall, as freshman Mikaela Dahlke raced her way to a 53.67 in the 100 butterfly, 0.16 faster than the previous Harvard standard in the event.

The 400 IM produced a pair of victories for the Crimson, as Geordie Enoch took the top spot in the C-final, while Valerie Yoshimu earned first in the D-final. A 'B' cut time of 4:19.10 garnered Enoch her victory, while Yoshimu's 4:26.70 did the trick in her final.

The C-final of the 100 butterfly provided the Crimson with another win, as Brittany Usinger's 'B' cut of 53.80 won by a 0.64 margin. Gabby Sims finished fourth and Mei Lynn Colby was sixth in the same final.

Another victory rolled in for the Crimson in the 100 breast, as Meagan Popp clocked a 1:02.86 to capture the C-final. Jerrica Li finished less than a second later, taking fourth in the C-final.

In the 200 free, Dahlke qualified for the B-final, posting a time of 1:48.11, while Daniela Johnson claimed fourth in the C-final with a 1:45.35.

Kristina Li had the best time of Harvard's participants in the 100 back, as her time of 54.19 in the B-final was good for a 'B' cut.

The 200 medley relay squad ended the evening on a high note, coming in seventh. Li, Popp, Dahlke and Sims glided their way to a 1:41.36, less than .20 behind a quartet from Texas.

Georgia Diving Invitational - Results
It was an impressive day on the 3-meter board for the Crimson, as a trio of student-athletes qualified for the finals. In the prelims, Mikaela Thompson posted the third-highest tally at 299.80. Jing Leung and Hannah Allchurch also earned a spot in the top-16 finals, finishing seventh and eighth, respectively, in the prelims. Sophomore Katie Russ narrowly missed qualifying, placing 18th in the morning session.

Upon returning for the finals in the evening, Leung led the Harvard competitors with a ninth-place showing. Her score of 275.30 was just ahead of Allchurch, who claimed 10th. Thompson finished the finals in 13th.