Women’s Swimming and Diving Welcomes 10 Newcomers to the Squad

Women’s Swimming and Diving Welcomes 10 Newcomers to the Squad

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Harvard women's swimming and diving team has announced the addition of 10 freshmen to the team as the class of 2021.

The newcomers hail from eight states, as well as one newcomer from New Zealand. Nine of the incoming student-athletes will compete in various swim events, with one freshman set to join the diving squad. 

The 10 incoming freshmen will join a Harvard team that finished as the runner-up at the Ivy League Championships. The Crimson will have a chance to reclaim the Ivy title that it last won in 2016 when it hosts the conference championship meet Feb. 14-17 at Blodgett Pool.

Elizabeth Holmes | Breaststroke/Butterfly/Freestyle | San Antonio, Texas | The Episcopal School of Texas
Two-time first team all-state selection … Two-time second team all-state selection … Won the state championship in the 200 free, 100 fly and 200 IM … TAPPS record holder in the 200 IM … Holds or is a part of 10 school records … Regional Swimmer of the Meet as a sophomore and junior … Most Outstanding Student Athlete award as a senior … National Merit Finalist … Honor Roll member … Cousin ran cross country at DePauw.

Daniela Liera | Freestyle | Oro Valley, Ariz. | BASIS Oro Valley
Three-time medal winner at 2017 Western Zone Sectionals in the 500, 1,000, and 1,650 free … Three-time medal winner at 2017 USA Swimming Futures at Santa Clara in the 800 free, 4x100 free relay, and 4x200 free relay … Finished first place in 1,650 free at 2017 Arizona short course state championship and set a pool record … Finished first place in 200 free at 2016 Arizona long course state championship … Set nine long course pool records and six short course records at OVAC … Set five team records in long course and short course at FFAST … National AP Scholar Award recipient in 2015 and 2016 … National Merit Finalist … National Hispanic Scholar. 

Georgina Milne | Diving | New Albany, Ohio | New Albany
Four-time all-district member … All-American and all-state member in 2017 … Set school record for six dives in one meter … Represented South Africa at the World Junior Diving Championships in 2014 and 2016 … Lettered all four years at New Albany … National Honor Society Member … Served on student council from 2013-16 … Completed community service with the Homeless Families Foundation.

Michelle Owens | Freestyle/IM | McLean, Va. | Langley
Was an All-Met second team selection in 2016 and earned honorable mention in 2014, 2015 and 2017 … Langley won VHSL Girls 6A state championship in 2015 … Team captain … Swam for the club team The Fish for 10 years … Member of the 2017 Math Honor Society … AP Scholar with Distinction.

Cassandra Pasadyn | Backstroke | Hinckley, Ohio | Brunswick
Two-time All-American in the 100 back … Nine-time All-Ohio … Five-time all-conference … Three-time county and conference MVP … Holds seven records at Brunswick … 2017 Ohio 100 Backstroke state champion … Finished 12th at the 2017 NISCA Junior Nationals … Scholastic All-American three times … NISCA Academic All-American … Brunswick Valedictorian … National Honor Society secretary from 2015-17 … President of the Spanish club from 2013-17 … Sister, Selena Pasadyn '16, ran cross country and track at Harvard … Sister runs cross country and track and Case Western Reserve.

Annabelle Paterson | Freestyle/Backstroke | Auckland, New Zealand | Diocesan
Oceania champion in the 200 back, 4x100 free mixed relay … Currently a member of the 2020 Tokyo program … Member of the 2016 Junior PanPacs, 2015 Junior Worlds and 2015 Youth Commonwealth Games teams … Earned silver in the 200 backstroke at the New Zealand Olympic Trials … 2016 Long-Course Age Group National champion in the 200 back, 4x100 free club relay, 4x200 free club relay and 4x100 IM club relay … 2016 short-course age group national champion in the 200 back … Won a total of 17 national championships in long and short course from 2014-16 … Earned the Dell Hooper Cup for outstanding achievement … Earned the Honors Award.

Kennidy Quist | Freestyle | Snowmass Village, Co. | Aspen
Four-time NISCA All-American … Colorado High School 3A Swimmer of the Year … Colorado High School 3A state record holder in the 50 free, 100 free, 200 medley relay and 400 free relay … Qualified for the Winter Junior Nationals in the 50, 100 and 200 free … Qualified for the Summer Junior Nationals in the 100 and 200 free … Three-time Scholastic All-American … International Baccalaureate Diploma candidate … Awarded Service Letter in 2016 and 2017 for more than 100 hours of community service … National Honor Society member … Father ran track and field at Stanford.

Allie Russell | Breaststroke | Birmingham, Mich. | Seaholm
Thirteen-time all-state member … Five-time All-American … Seaholm High School 2017 Senior Female Athlete of the Year … Holds records in the 100 breast, 200 medley relay and 200 free relay at Seaholm … Won the 2016 MHSAA Division 2 state championship … Academic all-state as a sophomore, junior and senior … USA Swimming Scholastic All-American … UAA Scholar Athlete … AP Scholar … National Honors Society Member … Mother briefly played professional tennis after graduating from William & Mary in 1990.

Ingrid Wall | Breaststroke/Backstroke/Sprint Freestyle | Kenilworth, Ill. | New Terrier
Qualified for the U.S. Olympic Trials in the 50 free … 2017 Illinois state champion … Placed third in the 100 breast and 12th in the 50 free at the 2015 Speedo Short Course Junior Nationals … Qualified for finals of NCSA Championships from 2013-17 … Took third place in the 50 breast at the Irish Open as a part of the NCSA Junior team … Holder of over 50 records at the New Terrier Swim Club including 30 short course and 20 long course … Academic and Automatic All-American member … Graduated with honors from New Terrier … Uncle swam at Dartmouth.

Jaycee Yegher | Breaststroke/IM | Darnestown, Md. | Northwest
Three-time state champion in the 100 breast … Three-time record holder in the 100 breast … Competed in the 2013 World Maccabiah Games in Israel … Competed in the 2015 Pan American Maccabiah Games in Chile … Montgomery County Swim League record holder in the 100 and 200 breastsroke… High School MVP from 2013-17 … National Honors Society Member … President of Rho Kappa … Senior Olympics volunteer.