Women’s Swimming and Diving Readies to Host H-Y-P

The Crimson returns to Blodgett Pool for the second meet this season (Gil Talbot). 

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Hosting its second home meet of the 2017-18 campaign, Harvard women's swimming and diving will host Yale and Princeton for the annual H-Y-P meet beginning on Saturday, Feb. 3 at 6 p.m. The meet will be broadcast on the Ivy League Network.

The Crimson will also dedicate its new videoboard in a ceremony before the meet.

Last Time Out
The Harvard women's swimming and diving team began the new year with a pair of Ivy League dual-meet wins against Penn and Brown on Saturday afternoon.

The Crimson opened with a first-place finish in the 200-meter medleyrelay. Mei Lynn ColbyIngrid WallBrittany Usinger and Miki Dahlke touched the wall with a time of 1:42.54 – two seconds faster than Brown's top-place quartet.

In the 1000-yard freestyle relay freshman Michelle Owens edged out Penn's Erin Kiely to finish first, touching the wall in 10:14.19 – on second faster than Kiely. Senior Kristina Li earned two of the Crimson's six first-place finishes, claiming first in the 100-yard backstroke (56.47) and the 200-yard backstroke (2:01.26).

Scouting Harvard
Harvard is off to a perfect 4-0 start in Ivy League play, earning wins over Columbia, Cornell, Penn and Brown, while also having strong showings in meets at Texas and Georgia. Mikaela Dahlke (200 free, 100 fly), Mei Colby (50 back) and four relay teams have posted top-50 national marks, while Jing Leung has posted a top-30 score in the platform dive.

Scouting The Field
Yale is also undefeated on the season, going 9-0 with a 5-0 mark against Ivy League opponents. 10 Bulldogs earned All-Ivy first team honors a year ago, including seven returners.

Princeton is 8-2 in 2017-18, including a 5-0 record against Ivy League foes. The Tigers placed third at last season's Ivy League Championship.

Order of Events

Sat Feb. 3
200 medley relay
1000 free
100 back
100 breaststroke 
200 fly 
50 free
3 m diving
400IM exhibition 

Sunday Feb. 4
100 free
200 back
200 Breast
100 fly
1 m diving
200 IM
400 free relay

The Last H-Y-P
The Harvard women's swimming and diving team closed the Ivy League portion of the regular season Saturday afternoon at the H-Y-P meet, defeating Princeton, but falling to Yale. Harvard took down Princeton by a tally of 187-113, but lost to Yale, 223.5-76.5.

Harvard's divers took three of the top-five finishes in the three-meter event competed prior to the start of the swimming events. Hannah Allchurch claimed second overall with a 292.95, while Jing Leung and Alisha Mah took fourth and fifth, respectively.

Swimming events started with the 100 freestyle and another 3-4 finish for Harvard competitors. Mikaela Dahlke clocked in at 50.87, good for third, with Victoria Chan finishing right behind her. The 200 backstroke followed with Kristina Li grabbing a runner-up finish with a time of 2:00.50.

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-yard 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 HolmesDaniela LieraGeorgina MilneMichelle Owens, Cassandra, Pasadyn, Annabelle PatersonKennidy QuistAllie RussellIngrid 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. 

Multiple subscription options are available to fans, including school-specific and league-wide passes. To learn more about the Ivy League Network or to sign-up today, click here, or download the Ivy League Network app

What's Next?
Harvard hosts the 2018 Ivy League Championships, beginning Feb. 14 and running through Feb. 17. The meet will be broadcast on the Ivy League Network.