Women’s Swimming and Diving Caps H-Y-P with Triumph Over Princeton

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


NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The Harvard women's swimming and diving team closed the Ivy League portion of the regular season Saturday afternoon at the H-Y-P meet, defeating Princeton, but falling to Yale. Harvard took down Princeton by a tally of 187-113, but lost to Yale, 223.5-76.5.

"It was a fantastic meet," said Stephanie Wriede Morawski '92, The Costin Family Head Coach for Harvard Women's Swimming & Diving. "The women swam and dove well. For where we want to be in the season, we're right on. Everyone is excited for their taper for the Ivy Championships when it will all be even."

Day two of H-Y-P began with the one-meter dive with Mikaela Thompson and Alisha Mah each earning top-five scores. Thompson claimed third with a 273.50, less than a point off second, while Mah was fourth with a 271.70.

Swimming events started with the 100 freestyle and another 3-4 finish for Harvard competitors. Freshman Miki Dahlke clocked in at 50.87, good for third, with Victoria Chan finishing right behind her. The 200 backstroke followed with junior Kristina Li grabbing a runner-up finish with a time of 2:00.50.

The distance freestyle event at 500 yards was extremely competitive, as sophomore Claire Pinson touched the wall in third at 4:52.54. Harvard placed a pair of student-athletes in the top five in the 100 butterfly, led by sophomore Brittany Usinger in second with a mark of 55.41. Mei Lynn Colby took fourth. Freshman Jerrica Li was the top Crimson finisher in the 200 IM, coming in third with her time of 2:05.81.

The meet wrapped up with the 400 free relay where the Crimson earned runner-up honors. Chan, Daniela Johnson, Gabby Simms and Dahlke stopped the clock in 3:25.10.

Harvard has a quick turnaround, hosting Northeastern at Blodgett Pool Sunday at 11 a.m. After that meet, the Crimson will have less than two weeks to prep for the Ivy League Championship, hosted by Brown, Feb. 15-18.