CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Claiming 14 of 16 events in its dual meet with Cornell, the Harvard women's swimming and diving team continued its dominating start to the 2017-2018 season.
"I was very impressed by [the swimmers'] patience and discipline as they executed their race plans," says The Costin Family Head Coach for Women's Swimming and Diving Stephanie Wriede Morawski. "They pushed themselves through fatigue, and won some close races. On the boards our divers were dominant. They have been working very hard on their technique, and it showed in the results today."
The Crimson set the tone early, finishing first in the 200-yard medley relay. Kristina Li, Meagan Popp, Mei Lynn Colby, and Miki Dalhke touched the wall with a time of 1:44.55. Cassandra Pasayn, Jaycee Yegher, Ingrid Wall, and Kennidy Quist came in third, one second behind Cornell's lead relay squad, at 1:47.31.
In the 1000-yard freestyle, freshman Michelle Owens took first place of 10:18.76, which was one second better than Harvard's best time at Columbia, last weekend. Senior Regan Kology, freshman Daniela Liera, and junior Abby Benkert also each claimed points for the Crimson, finishing third, fourth, and fifth, respectively.
Freshman Ingrid Wall came two seconds shy of eclipsing Harvard's all-time record in the 100-yard breaststroke, touching the wall with a time of 1:03.62 to earn first place. Fellow freshman Jaycee Yeger was right behind her with a 1:06.57 mark.
Harvard divers swept the top three spots in both the three-meter and one-meter. Junior Mikaela Thompson led the way, posting a 310.88 in the three-meter and 261.08 points in the one-meter. Senior Jing Leung was right behind her posting three-meter and one-meter scores of, 294.08 and 244.35, respectively.
The fastest time of the 400-yard freestyle relay for the Crimson came from the quartet of Brittany Usinger, Michelle Owens, Ingrid Wall, and Jerrica Li, 3:28.85, but it was posted during an exhibition heat.
Harvard returns to the pool after Thanksgiving with the four-day, Texas Swimming Invitational in Austin, Texas on Nov. 29.