Usinger’s Win Highlights Final Day of Ivy Championships for Women’s Swimming and Diving

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

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Sophomore Brittany Usinger won the 200 butterfly, as the Harvard women's swimming and diving team wrapped the 2017 Ivy League Swimming and Diving Championships at Brown University. The Crimson finished second overall, tallying 1,590.5 points.

Yale won the Ivy League title with 1,681 points. The Crimson crushed Penn and Princeton, who finished third and fourth with 916 and 897 points, respectively.

"This meet felt like a win for us as the score doesn't reflect the heart and fight these women displayed over the past four days," said Stephanie Wriede Morawski '92, The Costin Family Head Coach for Harvard Women's Swimming and Diving. "If you perform like they did, then you can hold your head high."

Usinger touched the wall in 1:57.28, a personal-best time that moves her to fourth all-time at Harvard. The sophomore swept the event, winning the 100 butterfly after setting a school record in the preliminaries. Sonia Wang finished third in the event with a time of 1:58.02.

The 400-yard freestyle relay team of Jerrica Li, Mei Lynn Colby, Gabby Sims and Miki Dahlke set a school record, touching the wall in 3:18.48. The squad finished second, surpassing the pool record of 3:19.68 and just off the mark of the meet record at 3:18.09. The previous Crimson record was set in 2011 (3:20.32).

Dahlke set a new personal best and notched the second-best time in Crimson history, stopping the clock in 48.90 in the 100-yard freestyle. The mark also surpassed the previous pool record. The rookie took second overall, as Jerrica Li finished fifth with a time of 49.79. Dahlke finished third in the prelims with a time of 49.43.

Jing Leung earned a silver medal in the 3-meter dive, posting a personal best 337.45 in the finals, narrowly edged by Yale's Lilybet MacRae. Hannah Allchurch came in fourth overall, totaling a score of 306.00. The Crimson took 1-2 in the B final, as Mikaela Thompson and Alisha Mah recorded 289.45 and 279.50 points, respectively.

Sophomore Meagan Popp bested the pool record in the 200-yard breaststoke, placing second on the podium with a time of 2:13.36. Junior Geordie Enoch was just behind her in third, stopping the clock at 2:14.41. Popp won the preliminaries, touching the wall in 2:13.79.

Senior Willa Wang set a new personal best with a time of 16:28.98 in the 1650 freestyle. The time ranks third all-time at Harvard and Wang finished third overall.