PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The second day of the 2017 Women's Ivy League Swimming and Diving Championships proved to be a very successful one for Harvard, as the Crimson moved to the top of the leaderboard. After seven events, the Crimson hold a 5.5 point lead over Yale with a score of 560.5.
"We surpassed expectations," said Stephanie Wriede Morawski '92, The Costin Family Head Coach for Harvard Women's Swimming and Diving. "The quality of racing is fantastic and we had amazing victories by Meagan Popp and Mikaela Thompson. Again, a true team effort. Miki Dahlke also broke the 100 fly record in a time trial and the 200 free relay shattered the school record. Back to business tomorrow."
Harvard's student-athletes dominated the 200 IM finals Thursday evening. The Crimson placed four competitors in the finals, led by sophomore Meagan Popp, who defended her title in the event, with a pool record time of 1:58.45. Classmate Sonia Wang was the next Harvard swimmer to touch the wall, taking third. Senior Daniela Johnson and junior Geordie Enoch placed fourth and seventh, respectively.
The Crimson collected a second win, while also placing four student-athletes in the finals, of the one-meter dive. Sophomore Mikaela Thompson defended her title in the event, winning by five points with a final tally of 295.55. Alisha Mah, Katie Russ and Jing Leung placed fifth, sixth and eighth, respectively.
Harvard's sprinters also had a positive night with three swimmers reaching the finals of the 50 freestyle. Freshman Mei Lynn Colby was the top Harvard finisher, placing third with a time of 22.72, the second-fastest time in program history. Fellow rookie Miki Dahlke tied for fourth and junior Gabby Sims touched in sixth.
Dahlke also had a standout performance in the 100 butterfly time trial during the morning session. Her time of 53.49 broke her own school record by 0.18 seconds.
The 100 fly record was not the only one to fall Thursday, as Harvard broke the program's 200 free relay mark. Colby, Dahlke, Jerrica Li and Gabby Sims combined for a time of 1:29.78, besting the previous school record of 1:31.08 from 2014. Thursday's showing was also better than the previous Ivy Championship Meet record (1:30.49) and Katherine Moran Aquatics Center pool record (1:30.91).
Friday's action will feature the 1,000 free, 400 IM, 100 fly, 200 free, 100 breast, 100 back, three-meter dive and the 400 medley relay. Prelims will begin at 11 a.m. and finals at 6 p.m.