2018 Women's Swimming and Diving
The Crimson looks to bring its 13th Ivy League title back to Cambridge beginning on Wednesday (Gil Talbot).
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Harvard women's swimming and diving team will look to bring the Ivy League title back to Cambridge at the 2018 Ivy League Championship Meet hosted at Blodgett Pool on Feb. 14-17.
The meet will begin with a brief session on Wednesday night and continue Thursday – Saturday with the prelims oat 11 a.m. each day and finals at 6 p.m. A complete Ivy League Championship Meet schedule can be found HERE.
Harvard finished the regular season with a 4-2 record, posting victories over Columbia, Cornell, Penn, and Brown. At the annual H-Y-P meet, the Crimson saw one program record and one Blodgett go down. Mei Lynn Colby, Ingrid Wall, Brittany Usinger, and Jerrica Li opened the meet breaking the pool record in the 200 medley, while freshman Jaycee Yegher eclipsed the Harvard mark in the 200 breast with a time of 2:11.72.
A LOOK BACK
After capturing its 12th Ivy League title in 2016, Harvard finished second at the league meet in 2017, tallying 1,590.5 points. The Crimson 400-yard freestyle relay team of Jerrica Li, Mei Lynn Colby, Gabby Sims, and Miki Dahlke surpassed the school record, touching the wall with a time of 3:18.48. Jing Leung collected a silver medal in the three-meter dive, posting a personal best 337.45.
2017 FIRST TEAM ALL-IVY PERFORMERS
One-meter diving – Mikeala Thompson, Harvard (So. – Weston, Mass.)
200 IM – Meagan Popp, Harvard (So. – Newport Beach, Calif.)
200 IM – Sonia Wang, Harvard (So. – Upland, Calif.)
100 fly – Brittany Usinger, Harvard (So. – Lafayette, Calif.)
200 fly – Brittany Usinger, Harvard (So. – Lafayette, Calif.)
2017 SECOND TEAM ALL-IVY PERFORMERS
Three-meter diving – Jing Leung, Harvard (Orpington, U.K.)
100 breast – Meagan Popp, Harvard (So. – Newport Beach, Calif.)
200 breast – Meagan Popp, Harvard (So. – Newport Beach, Calif.)
200 free relay - Harvard: Mei Lynn Colby (Fr. – Dallas, Texas), Miki Dahlke (Fr. – Mill Valley, Calif.), Jerrica Li (Fr. – Longmeadow, Mass.), Gabby Sims (Jr. – Downers Grove, Ill.)
400 free relay - Harvard: Jerrica Li (Fr. – Longmeadow, Mass.), Mei Lynn Colby (Fr. – Dallas, Texas), Gabby Sims (Jr. – Downers Grove, Ill.), Miki Dahlke (Fr. – Mill Valley, Calif.)
800 free relay - Harvard: Miki Dalhke (Fr. – Mill Valley, Calif.), Geordie Enoch (Jr. – Odenton, Md.), Meagan Popp (So. – Newport Beach, Calif.), Daniela Johnson (Sr. – Miami, Fla.)
400 medley - Harvard: Mei Lynn Colby (Fr. – Dallas, Texas), Meagan Popp (So. – Newport Beach, Calif.), Miki Dahlke (Fr. – Mill Valley, Calif.), Jerrica Li (Fr. – Longmeadow, Mass.)
Ivy Title History
Harvard and Princeton have combined to win 34 Ivy League titles dating back to 1977. Yale's victory in the last season's Ivy League Championship marked the first year since 1999 that the title was not won by either Harvard or Princeton. In 1999, Brown won the league championship for the second straight year. Since 2000, Harvard has won five league meets as well as five dual meet championships, while Princeton has claimed 12.
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Harvard Event Preview
Sophomore Miki Dahlke will lead teammates Jerrica Li, Ingrid Wall, Kennidy Quist and Mei Lynn Colby for the Crimson in the shorter freestyle events. The second year posted a fourth place finish in the 200 at the Texas Invitational, finishing with a time of 1:45.76. Last year, Dahlke represented the Ivy league at the NCAA Championships having qualified in the 200 Freestyle. Li and Colby were Ivy League finalists last year and combined with Dahlke to set the school records in both the 200 and 400 Freestyle Relays. At H-Y-P, Dahlke combined with freshman Ingrid Wall, Li and Colby to win the 400 freestyle relay.
In the distance freestyle events, the Crimson have a handful of top swimmers in the 500, 1,000, and 1,650. Senior Regan Kology and freshmen Michelle Owens lead the longer distance event with their performances in the 1,650 freestyle at the Texas Invitational where Owens posted a 16:46.14. Sophomore Matti Harrison and Freshmen Annabelle Paterson provide depth to the events while juniors Sonia Wang and Claire Pinson will focus on the 500 freestyle.
Senior Kristina Li and sophomore Mei Lynn Colby look to lead Harvard in the backstroke this weekend. Colby's speed in the 100 backstroke enabled her to clock first in the event at H-Y-P. Li and Sonia Wang have posted top times in the 200 backstroke and both Paterson and Harrison will provide depth in the event.
Freshman Jaycee Yegher has excelled in the 200 breaststroke all season. At H-Y-P, she surpassed the Harvard program-record, touching the wall with a time of 2:11.72. Classmate, Ingrid Wall will also be a Harvard swimmer to look out for in the breaststroke after nearly clipping the program's all-time record in the 100 earlier this season with a time of 1:01.76 at the Texas Invitational. Junior Meagan Popp and Senior Geordie Enoch have also posted top times within the league in the 200 breaststroke with their swims at the Texas Invitational in December.
Juniors Brittany Usinger and Claire Pinson have had successful seasons in the butterfly and look to lead Harvard in the 200 butterfly at the Ivy League Championships. In the 100 butterfly, Usinger will be joined by Kristina Li.
All-Ivy first team selection from 2017 Meagan Popp returns to lead Harvard in the individual medley. She'll be joined by Yegher and a former Ivy Champion, Enoch in the event. In the 400 individual medley, Enoch, and Pinson posted fast times at the Texas Invitational and look to be competitive in the event.
Junior Mikaela Thompson and senior Jing Leung return to lead the Crimson on the one- and three-meter boards, respectively. Harvard dominated the boards the past season sweeping the top three spots in multiple meets. The Crimson is also strong on the diving depth chart this weekend with fellow divers Katie Russ, Hannah Allchurch, Alisha Mah, Georgina Milne, and Megan Galbreath.