Women’s Swimming and Diving Faces Penn and Brown

Matti Harrison and the Crimson return from their training trip to face Penn and Brown (Gil Talbot).
Matti Harrison and the Crimson return from their training trip to face Penn and Brown (Gil Talbot).

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Harvard women's swimming and diving team (3-0, 3-0 Ivy) returns to action off its annual training trip to face Penn and Brown in Ivy League action this Friday and Saturday at Sheerr Pool in Philadelphia.

Last Time Out
Harvard began the new year with a 173-122 victory over visiting Columbia Jan. 3. The Crimson captured wins in 10 events over the Lions with Mikaela DahlkeWilla Wang and Brittany Usinger each winning twice. The diving portion of the meet was conducted back in November, with Harvard dominating. The Crimson claimed the top five spots on the one-meter and the top three in the three-meter. Hannah Allchurch won the one-meter, while Jing Leung won the three-meter.

At the same time as the Columbia meet, the Crimson divers were in action out west facing Denver and Utah, Alisha Mah won the three-meter event against Denver and the one-meter competition against Utah.

Top Ivy Times
Heading into this weekend's meet, Harvard swimmers hold the top time in the Ivy League in three events. Freshman Mikaela Dahlke has the fastest time in the 100 freestyle (49.05) and the 100 butterfly (53.67), while Geordie Enoch has posted the fastest time in the 200 breaststroke (2:14.34).

Scouting Penn
The Quakers are 2-1 against the Ancient Eight this season with wins over Columbia and Dartmouth and a loss to Yale. There is only one event in the Ivy League this season that a swimmer from Harvard or Yale does not hold the top time and that honor goes to Penn's Virginia Burns in the 200 freestyle with her time of 1:47.04. Burns also has the second-fastest time in the 500 free at 4:48.68.

Scouting Brown
The Bears similarly enter the weekend with a 2-1 conference record that includes a season-opening defeat by Yale and wins in December over Princeton and Dartmouth. Brown has three swimmers that have top-three times in particular events. Tatiana Prendalla's 4:40.71 is third in the 500 free, Ally Donahue slots third in the 100 breast (1:02.77) and Caroline Vexler is third in the 200 fly in 2:00.18.

Next Time Out
Harvard will be off until Feb. 3 when it travels to New Haven, Connecticut for the annual H-Y-P meet with Yale and Princeton.