The Crimson holds a 63-point lead over Yale heading into the final day of the Ivy League Championship (Gavin Baker).
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Heading into the final day of the 2018 Ivy League Championship, the Harvard women's swimming and diving team extended its lead over second-place, Yale to 63 points on Friday evening.
"The women went after it in the prelim session and ended up with a lot of swims in the finals," says the Costin Family Head Coach for Harvard Women's Swimming and Diving, Stephanie Wriede Morawski. "But if you know the team, then this is no surprise. When you train to swim fast in the morning and dive as united force, then strong results are expected."
Entering the third day, the Crimson held a 42-point advantage over second place, but the lead quickly evaporated. Yale took three of the top four spots in the 1000 freestyle and two of four in the 400 individual medley to take the Bulldogs first lead of the championships, but Harvard answered with a pair first-place finishes form sophomore Miki Dahlke.
Dahlke claimed the top spot in the 100 butterfly, breaking both the Harvard and Blodgett Pool records, touching the wall with a time of 51.89 – one full second ahead of Yale's Maddy Zimmerman. It was a momentum shifter for the Crimson.
In the 200 freestyle, Dahlke brought down another Blodgett record, touching the wall a time of 1:45.38 and edged out teammate, freshman Kennidy Quist for first-place by .37 seconds. Quist finished second with a time of 1:45.75, while junior Sonia Wang joined her teammates in the top four with an NCAA B-cut time of 1:47.47.
The Crimson 400 medley relay squad of Wang, freshman Ingrid Wall, Dahlke, and Quist posted a second-place finish in the final swimming event of the night with a time of 3:39.39.
On the boards, Harvard took the top two spots in the three-meter dive consolation finals. Junior Mikaela Thompson posted a personal-best score of 317.20 to finish first, while freshman Georgina Milne finished second with a score of 255.50.
The final day of the 2018 Ivy League Championship kicks off tomorrow with the 200 backstroke prelims at 11 a.m. All action will be broadcast on the Ivy League Network.
Day two of the 2018 Ivy League Women's Swimming and Diving Championship is in the books and Harvard holds sole possession of first place with a total of 545 points.
"The team did an amazing job focusing on themselves and having fun," says the Costin Family Head Coach for Women's Swimming and Diving Stephanie Morawski. "It's a long meet so our goal is to remain composed and take it one event at a time."
Senior Geordie Enoch made a late move in the last 20 yards of the 200 individual medley to book-end her Crimson career with titles in the event. An exuberant Enoch touched the wall with a time of 1:59.67, just ahead of teammate, junior Meagan Popp, who finished second.
The Crimson 200 freestyle relay squad eclipsed the three-year old, Blodgett Pool record and in the process, beat out the Yale foursome by .23 seconds to win the event for the first time since 2009. Sophomore Mei Lynn Colby, freshman Ingrid Wall, sophomore Jerrica Li, and sophomore Miki Dahlke touched the wall with a time of 1:30.50.
On the boards, junior Mikaela Thompson posted a second-place finish, tallying 288.85 points, senior Alisha Mah, and junior Katie Russ also reached the NCAA A-cut line of 265 points. Mah registered 273.95 points to finish fourths, while Russ posted a fifth-place finish with 273.40 points.
Freshman Michelle Owens was the Crimson's top-finisher in the 500-yard freestyle, finishing second with a time of 4:49.41.
Day 1 - Wednesday, Feb. 14 - Results
On the first night of the 2018 Ivy League Championship, the Harvard women's swimming team eclipsed the conference' championship meet record in the 800 freestyle relay.
The Crimson squad of Miki Dahlke, Kennidy Quist, Geordie Enoch, and Meagan Popp shattered clipped the meet record, touching the wall with time of 7:05.06. Additionally, the foursome surpassed the last year's Harvard record, while breaking a 37-year-old Blodgett record.
Earlier in the night, the Crimson posted a third-place finish in the 200-yard medley relay. Mei Lynn Colby, Ingrid Wall, Brittany Usinger, and Jerrica Li clocked in with a time of 1:39.74 – two seconds behind the Yale squad, who broke the Blodgett record with a time of 1:37.30.
After the first night of the championship, Harvard sits tied with Yale atop the leaderboard with 118 points.
2018 Ivy League Women's Swimming and Diving Championship Through Day 3
1. Harvard 1,053
2. Yale 990
3. Princeton 893
4. Penn 626.5
5. Brown University 503
6. Columbia University 472
7. Cornell University 413.5
8. Dartmouth College 321
Day 4 - Saturday, Feb. 17 Events
11 a.m. - Prelims
6 p.m. - Finals