Women’s Swimming Hosts Northeastern on Senior Day

Harvard recognized its senior class before the meet Sunday (Athletic Communications).
Harvard recognized its senior class before the meet Sunday (Athletic Communications).

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Harvard women's swimming team hosted Northeastern in an exhibition meet Sunday, taking the opportunity to honor the seniors that comprise its class of 2017 before the meet began.

Competition kicked off with the longest event of the day, the 1650 freestyle. Senior Ashley Korsberg won the event in 17:13.27, while freshman Aaki Vora took second. Harvard notched another win in the second event, as Claire Pinson and Chloe Close finished 1-2 in the 200 free. Pinson won by a healthy margin, clocking in at 1:49.97. Close would later go on to capture the victory in the 100 butterfly near the end of the meet, posting a winning mark of 57.72.

A pair of seniors led a strong Crimson contingent in the 100 backstroke, as Maggie Chory and Victoria Chan bested the field. Chory touched the wall in 56.46 to win the event, with Chan coming in 0.5 seconds later. Sophomore Brittany Usinger finished third.

The Crimson proved equally as dominant in the 100 free, earning the top four finishes. Freshman Mei Lynn Colby was first to stop the clock in 51.06. Sophomore Meagan Popp, junior Geordie Enoch and senior Summer Schmitt followed in order.

Sophomore Holly Christensen was the top Harvard finisher in the 50 free, securing second place in 24.34. Chory came in fourth in the event. The Crimson placed a trio of swimmers in the top five of the 100 breaststroke. Junior Katie Evans came in third, followed by senior Marissa Cominelli and junior Kristina Li.

Rookie Miki Dahlke capped the meet with another Harvard victory in the 200 IM with a time of 2:05.65. Korsberg finished third in the event.

Harvard will now prepare for the postseason, beginning with the 2017 Ivy League Championship meet at Brown, Feb. 15-18.