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Women's Swimming and Diving Welcomes An Incoming Class of Nine

Women's Swimming and Diving Welcomes An Incoming Class of Nine

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Coming off its 13th Ivy League Championship, Harvard women's swimming and diving announced its incoming class of 2022. Nine freshmen will join the 28 returners for the 2018-19 season.

"In the pool, this class will not only bolster our middle distance events, but add additional depth and strength to our relays," says The Costin Family Head Coach for Women's Swimming and Diving Stephanie Wriede Morawski '92. "On the boards, these talented young ladies will step right into action. We are thrilled to have such positive hardworking women join our team. 

The Crimson continues to add depth to its roster with nine incoming student-athletes, from six states and two countries, to compete in various individual and relay events. They will join the 28 returners from the 2017-18 championship team that received 13 All-Ivy honors as well as broke six Blodgett Pool records. 

Meet the incoming class of 2022: 

Liz Boyer | Breaststroke/IM | Cheshire, Conn. | Cheshire
Two-time NISCA All-American in the 100 breaststroke … NISCA All-American in 200 medley relay … Connecticut Class L MVP (2017) … Southern Connecticut Conference Swimmer of the Year (2016-17) … Four-time Southern Connecticut Conference All-Conference selection … Four-time CIAC All-State recipient … Connecticut Swimming Top-16 … Three-time Connecticut Scholar-Athlete … Female Swimmer of the Year … Connecticut Class L State Team Champion (2017) … Two-time YMCA National Women's Team Champion … Connecticut State Champion in 100 breaststroke (2014, 2017), 100 butterfly (2015, 2016), 200 freestyle (2016), 200 IM (2017) … Member of the National Honor Society … USA Swimming Scholastic All-American … CISCA State Scholar Athlete … Daughter of Janet and Iain Boyer.

Maddie Heilbrun | Backstroke | Fairfax Station, Va. | The Madeira School in McLean, Va.
World Championship Trials Qualifier (2017) … 2016-17 Nationals Qualifier and Finalist … All-State selection … Holds multiple Madeira School pool records … Two-time Virginia State Team Champion (2017, 2018) … Virginia Independent School League Independent Champion (2017) … USA Swimming Scholastic All-American … Potomac Valley Scholar-Athlete … Madeira team captain (2017-2018) … Special Olympics Partner … Daughter of Mark and Amy Heilbrun.

Morgane Herculano | Diving | Confignon, Geneva, Switzerland | Collège André-Chavanne
Member of the Swiss National team since 2012 … Three-time junior European Championship Finalist … Swiss National Champion … Geneva state's Athlete of the Year in 2015 … Fluent in five languages: English, French, Italian, German, and Portuguese … Daughter of Alexandra Stimoli and Antonio Herculano.

Esther Lawrence | Diving | Sunbury, Ohio | Columbus Academy
Two-time All-American diver (2016, 2017) … Four-time Mid-State Diver of the Year (2015, 2016, 2017, 2018) … Academic All-American (2018) … Columbus Dispatch Scholar Athlete Award Finalist (2018) … Junior World Championship Trials platform finalist (2018) … Seven-time Junior National Championship qualifier … Holds Ohio state diving record … Three-time diving district champion (2015, 2016, 2018) … AP Scholar … Volunteer diving coach at community pool … Student Council member … Sister, Sydney, plays field hockey at Miami University, and brother, Austin, plays tennis at Case Western Reserve … Daughter of Rodd and Linda Lawrence.

Claire Lin | Freestyle/Breaststroke | St. Louis, Mo. | Kirkwood
Four-year member of the Kirkwood swimming and diving program … Six-time All-State selection … Seven-time conference champion … 2018 MVP of Kirkwood girls' varsity team … Placed seventh in the 100 freestyle at the MSHSAA Girls State Class 2 Championships clocking a time of 53.45 … Registered a personal best time of 58.09 in the 100 backstroke of the 2017 MSHSAA Girls State Class 2 Championships … National Merit Finalist, AP Scholar with Distinction … President of National Honor Society … Cellist in the St. Louis Symphony Youth Orchestra … Three-time All-State cellist … Editor of Kirkwood Pioneer Yearbook …  Enjoys travel and photography … Daughter of Michael and Lisa Lin … Father, Michael Lin '90 was a member of Harvard men's swimming and diving. 

Helena Moreno | Freestyle | Pozos de Santa, San Jose, Costa Rica | Saint Paul College (High School)
Competed in the 2017 World Aquatics Championships … Earned a gold medal breaking the Costa Rican national record in the 400 freestyle with a time of 4:16.70 …  Also earned a silver medal in the 800 freestyle relay … Participated in the Central American Games in 2017 … Daughter of Carlos Moreno and Mercedes Hernandez.

Marcella Ruppert-Gomez | Freestyle/IM | Miami, Fla. | Gulliver Prep School
Three-time state champion in the 500 freestyle (2017), 200 IM (2017), and 400 freestyle relay (2017) ... Named to the first team in the 500 freestyle (2016) … Earned second team honors in 200 IM (2016) … Two-year team captain (2016, 2017) … Selected as the 2018 Gulliver Prep Athlete of the Year … Class 2A Swimmer of the Year (2017) … Four-time USA Swimming Scholastic All-America … Competed in the Speedo Junior National Championship in 2017 … Member of the National Honor Society … Earned the Excellence in Global Politics Award … Daughter of Maria Carolina Gomez and Thomas Kent Ruppert.

Samantha Shelton | Freestyle/Backstroke/IM | San Antonio, Texas | Santa Margarita Catholic (Calif.)
Two-time Orange County Female Swimmer of the Year (2016, 2017) … Three-time Trinity League Swimmer of the Year (2015, 2016, 2018) … Santa Margarita Catholic Rookie of the Year (2015) … Santa Margarita Swimmer of the Year (2016, 2017) … Two-time CIF champion in 200 freestyle (2016, 2017) … CIF champion in the 100 butterfly (2016), and 100 backstroke (2017) … Broke National Independent High School record in the 400 freestyle relay (2017) … Daughter of Vanessa and Richard Powers.

Mikki Thompson | Freestyle/Butterfly/Breaststroke/IM | Chino Hills, Calif. | Ruben S. Ayala
2016 US Olympic Swimming Trials Qualifier … 2017 World Championship Trials Qualifier … 2017 US Open Swimming Championships Finalist … Three-time NISCA All-American … CIF champion in 200 IM (2017) … Second place at the 2017 California state meet …  Palomares League MVP (2017) … Daily Bulletin's Swimmer of the Year (2017) … Three-time first team selection … Ayala High School Female Athlete of the Year (2018) … Member of the National Honors Society … Palomares League Most Outstanding Senior … Palomares League All-Academic Swimmer … National Merit Scholar … Daughter of Chuck and Emiko Thompson.

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