AUSTIN, Texas and ATHENS, Ga. – The Harvard women's swimming and diving team wrapped up a busy four-day period on Saturday at the Hall of Fame Invitational in Austin, Texas and the Georgia Fall Invitational in Athens.
The Crimson had three swimmers earn spots in the A-final of their respective events. Samantha Shelton finished in fifth place of the 200-yard backstroke after completing the race in 1:57.23. Earlier in the day, the first-year swam Harvard's first sub-2:00 this season in the prelim, recording a time of 1:54.98.
Jaycee Yegher and Meagan Popp, meanwhile, both secured spots in the A-final of the 200 breaststroke after their prelim performance. Yegher reached the NCAA Qualifying B Standard with a 2:13.85 performance and then accomplished the feat again with a finals time of 2:13.91 (5th place). Popp finished in eighth place with a time of 2:16.85, following a prelim effort of 2:16.19.
Harvard had two others achieve the NCAA Qualifying B Standard in Miki Dahlke and Brittany Usinger. Dahlke posted the third-fastest time in the 100 freestyle B-final, finishing in a season-best 49.01. Earlier in the day, she notched the Crimson's first sub-50-second race of the year with a prelim time of 49.15. Usinger joined the NCAA qualifying group after her 1:58.04 performance in the 200 butterfly, which was good for second in the B-final.
At the Georgia Fall Invitational, Esther Lawrence competed in the platform diving event and finished in 10th place, earning 191.10 points. The platform event was the first of the season for Harvard.
- Helena Moreno came in eighth place in the 1,650-yard freestyle, completing the race in 16:38.29. She was the top Crimson swimmer out of four in the event.
- Seven Harvard swimmers qualified for the 200 backstroke final with six establishing new season bests. The outlier was Shelton, who posted the first sub-2:00 race of the year in the preliminary round.
- The Crimson quartet of Shelton, Mei Lynn Colby, Ingrid Wall and Dahlke posted a time of 3:19.16 in the 400-yard freestyle relay, which was good for sixth place. The performance was the best of the year for Harvard, surpassing the 3:33.16 accomplished in the season opener.
Harvard will take the next several weeks off and will not return to action until Jan. 7, when it travels to Los Angeles, Calif., to face UCLA and San Diego. The tri-meet is set to start at 1:30 p.m. PT.