Women’s Swimming and Diving Opens Campaign with Pair of Ivy League Wins

Mikaela Thompson finished in third place on the 1-meter board at the Wally Nakamoto Hawai'i Diving Invitational (photo courtesy of Gil Talbot).
Mikaela Thompson finished in third place on the 1-meter board at the Wally Nakamoto Hawai'i Diving Invitational (photo courtesy of Gil Talbot).

Individual Results

ITHACA, N.Y. – Harvard opened its season on the road and emerged with a road win at Cornell and a neutral-site victory over Dartmouth. The Crimson defeated the Big Red, 198-102, and produced the same result with a 186-114 effort over the Big Green.

The triple-dual meet spanned two days and started with the diving events on Friday. Harvard placed four student-athletes in the top 5 and took the first two spots in both the 1- and 3-meter diving competitions.

Mikaela Thompson '19 and Esther Lawrence '22 went 1-2, respectively, in each of the events. Thompson qualified for NCAA Zone A Diving Championships on the 1-meter board after her winning total of 269.95, and earned 274.60 points on the 3-meter board to finish atop the leaderboard. Lawrence, meanwhile, had runner-up scores of 258.15 in the 1-meter diving event and 273.20 in the 3-meter competition.

"The divers did a tremendous job of opening our first meet of the season with two wins," The Costin Family Head Coach for Women's Swimming and Diving Stephanie Wriede Morawski said late Friday. "Knowing that their hard work is paying off gives confidence to all the swimmers."

The aforementioned confidence carried into Saturday as the Crimson swimmers claimed five individual titles, all by different student-athletes, and one relay. Miki Dahlke '20 pocketed the 200-yard individual medley championship (2:07.35), Matti Harrison '20 won the 200 back (2:03.17), Helena Moreno '22 opened her Harvard career by winning the 1,000 free (10:17.72), Samantha Shelton '22 finished the 100 free with a field-best time of 50.83, and Brittany Usinger '19 was victorious in the 100 fly (55.82). The Crimson quartet of Cassandra Pasadyn '21, Ingrid Wall '21, Usinger and Dahlke, meanwhile, won the 200 medley relay with a 1:45.51 effort.

"It was a well-fought meet," Wriede Morawski said at the conclusion of the two-day season opener. "Cornell and Dartmouth had some great swims, which challenged our team to stay both mentally and physically tough. We're taking it one meet at a time and looking forward to Friday's home meet against Columbia." 

Harvard Highlights

  • In addition to Harvard's eight event victories, it finished in second place in six competitions that it did not win. When the water settled, the Crimson finished in either first or second place in 14 of the meet's 16 events.
  • Harvard had at least three top-5 finishers in seven events (100 free, 200 free, 100 back, 200 back, 200 IM, 1M diving, 3M diving).
  • The Crimson has now swept Cornell and Dartmouth in a tri-meet 21 different times under Wriede Morawski.
  • Harvard improved to 34-1 all-time vs. Cornell, which includes 34 consecutive victories.
  • The Crimson moved to 39-3 all-time vs. Dartmouth and has posted a win 37 straight times.

Next Up

Harvard continues its Ivy League season on Friday, Nov. 16, when it plays host to Columbia at 11 a.m. The meet will air on ESPN+.