Three Victories Highlight Day Three of Ivy Championships for Women’s Swimming and Diving

Sonia Wang defended her 400 IM title Friday, despite fighting an injury (Gil Talbot).
Sonia Wang defended her 400 IM title Friday, despite fighting an injury (Gil Talbot).


PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The Harvard women's swimming and diving team posted three wins, which included breaking a pool and a school record, highlighting another strong day at the 2017 Ivy League Swimming and Diving Championships at Brown University.

"We had an unbelievable night," exclaimed Stephanie Wriede Morawski '92, The Costin Family Head Coach for Harvard Women's Swimming and Diving. "Fighting an injury, Sonia's win in the 400 IM was nothing short of historic and set the tone for the rest of the night. It was about everyone moving up in place and swimming from the heart."

The second event of the finals Friday evening brought Harvard's first victory from the aforementioned Sonia Wang. The defending champion in the 400 IM, Wang battled through a tough injury to repeat as the title holder, snapping the Katherine Moran Aquatics Center pool record in the process with a time of 4:14.21. Sophomore Claire Pinson took third in the consolation final of the event.

Sophomore Brittany Usinger continued the celebration for the Crimson in the next event, winning the 100 butterfly with a time of 52.92. That performance followed her record-setting swim during the prelims Friday morning in which she set the new school record with a mark of 52.80.  Junior Gabby Sims also reached the finals, placing seventh.

Harvard's third victory of the night came on the three-meter board. One night after Mikaela Thompson defended her one-meter title, the sophomore tallied a score of 289.45 to capture the three-meter crown as well. Thompson is the third Ivy diver to win both boards in one championship meet since 2009. Junior Alisha Mah made it a 1-2 Harvard showing on the podium, as she captured second with a 279.50.

The finals started off with senior Willa Wang clocking a third-place finish in the 1,000 free with a time of 9:50.09. Junior Regan Kology earned fifth with her 9:54.91 and freshman Matti Harrison garnered 11th.

Sophomore Meagan Popp's impressive championship meet continued in the 100 breaststroke where she collected runner-up honors with a time of 1:01.67. Junior Geordie Enoch and Rookie Jerrica Li also reached the finals, placing third and eighth, respectively.

The Crimson capped the night with a second-place finish in the 400 medley relay. Mei Lynn Colby, Popp, Miki Dahlke and Li posted a time of 3:38.97, the fourth-best time in program history.

Harvard will enter the final night of the 2017 Championships Saturday trailing Yale by 67.5 points. Events during the last day of competition include the 1,650 free, 200 back, 100 free, 200 breast, 200 fly and 400 free relay.