Women's Swimming and Diving Opens Season at Columbia on Sunday at Noon

Women's Swimming and Diving Opens Season at Columbia on Sunday at Noon

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Harvard women's swimming and diving program opens the 2017-2018 campaign on Sunday, Nov. 5 at Columbia at noon. 

Schedule Outlook
The Crimson opens the season on the road in New York at Columbia before returning home against Cornell on Veteran's Day, Nov. 11. Harvard goes on the road for the reminder of 2017 with the Texas Swimming Invitational (Nov. 29-Dec. 2) and the Georgia Invitational for divers (Dec. 1-3). The New Year begins on the road, in Providence, R.I. with two duals against Brown and Penn on Jan. 13. Harvard returns home to host Princeton and Yale on Feb. 3 before hosting this year's Ivy League Championships on Feb. 14-17.

2017 NCAA Championships
Harvard sent two members to the NCAA swimming and diving competition in 2017. Swimmer Mikaela Dahlke represented the swimmers in her first year, while Jing Leung went to nationals for the third-straight year. Dahlke posted a personal-best in the 100 freestyle, touching the wall in 48.78 to place 36th. Amongst divers, Leung came in 32nd, 1.4 points shy of breaking into the top 30.

All-Ivy Returners
Harvard returns 10 of 11 swimmers and divers that earned All-Ivy honors last winter. Meagan Popp (Jr., 200 IM, 100 breast, 200 breast), Brittany Usinger (Jr., 100 butterfly, 200, butterfly), Mikaela Dahlke (So., 100 free, 200 free) Mikaela Thompson (Jr., 1-meter diving) and Jing Leung (Sr., 3-meter diving) all return for the Crimson. Each member of Harvard's 200 and 400 freestyle relay and 400 medley relay also return. 

Academic Success
Harvard posted the eighth-highest GPA in 2016-2017 and was named a CSCAA Scholar All-America team with 11 members receiving Scholar All-America nods. To earn the honor, a student-athlete must earn a GPA of a 3.50 or above and achieve a 'B' cut as a swimmer or compete in the NCAA Championship.

Full CSCAA Scholar All-America Announcement 

Harvard announced the addition of 10 freshman to the squad for 2017-2018. The class of 2021 includes: Elizabeth Holmes, Daniela Liera, Georgina Milne, Michelle Owens, Cassandra, Pasadyn, Annabelle Paterson, Kennidy Quist, Allie Russell, Ingrid Wall and Jaycee Yegher.

Full Class of 2021 Announcement

Ivy League Network
The Ivy League Network returns for a fifth season as the home for all live streaming and on-demand video content for each of the conference's eight institutions. Broadcast in full HD and featuring a live score bug and play-by-play and color commentary, the Ivy League Network provides fans with unprecedented access to the Ancient Eight.

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What's Next?
Harvard returns to Blodgett Pool on Saturday, Nov. 11 hosting Cornell at 10 a.m.