Women’s Swimming and Diving Posts Positive Results on Day One of H-Y-P

Hannah Allchurch earned second on the three-meter board Friday (Gil Talbot).
Hannah Allchurch earned second on the three-meter board Friday (Gil Talbot).

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The Harvard women's swimming and diving team wrapped up the first day of competition at the annual H-Y-P meet Friday evening at Yale's Kiphuth Exhibition Pool in Payne Whitney Gymnasium. Harvard closed out the opening day with three runner-up finishes.

"We're feeling good about our first day results," said Stephanie Wriede Morawski '92, The Costin Family Head Coach for Harvard Women's Swimming & Diving. "The small crew fully rested for this meet is performing well and inspiring the rest of the team. Those training through Ivies are really racing hard."

Harvard's divers took three of the top-five finishes in the three-meter event competed prior to the start of the swimming events. Hannah Allchurch claimed second overall with a 292.95, while Jing Leung and Alisha Mah took fourth and fifth, respectively.

Victoria Chan and Miki Dahlke registered second and third-place showings for the Crimson in the 200 freestyle. Chan clocked in with a time of 1:49.96. Chan later went on to finish third in the 50 free.

Brittany Usinger put forth a strong showing in the 200 butterfly near the end of the meet, touching the wall in 2:00.40 to earn second, less than a second off the top time.   

The Crimson's 200 medley relay squad recorded a third-place finish with a mark of 1:42.95. Mei Lynn Colby, Chloe Close, Usinger and Gabby Sims comprised the Harvard quartet. Colby notched a fifth-place finish midway through the action in the 100 backstroke. Kristina Li was the top Harvard swimmer in that event, taking fourth. Willa Wang and Ashlee Korsberg came in fifth and sixth, respectively, in the 1000 free.

The second portion of the H-Y-P meet begins tomorrow morning with the one-meter dive and continues at 12 p.m. with the swimming events.