LOS ANGELES – Harvard women's swimming and diving had its full squad together for the first time since mid-November and split its double-dual meet with UCLA and San Diego in Los Angeles. The Crimson downed the Toreros, 242-55, but fell to the Bruins, 184-110, to put them at 4-1 on the year (3-0 Ivy League).
Samantha Shelton had an impressive showing her first action of the calendar year, winning the 200 backstroke in 1:58.98, and earning first-place points in the 400 individual medley (4:25.11). The first-year from San Antonio also came in third place with a season-best 23.95 in the 50 freestyle, while swimming the anchor leg on Harvard's top 200 medley relay (3rd place; 1:45.50).
The Crimson divers, who opened 2019 at the Wally Nakamoto Hawai'i Diving Invitational last Thursday, flew to the City of Angels and met their teammates in Westwood. Esther Lawrence was the runner-up in the 3-meter diving event, posting a season-best score of 299.45, which was good for an NCAA qualifying mark. Georgina Milne also set a 2018-19 personal record on the board, earning 270.10 points and finishing in fourth place. On the 1-meter board, Morgane Herculano came in third with a season-high score of 253.55, just behind teammate and runner-up Mikaela Thompson (264.05).
- Outside of Shelton's two first-place finishes, Harvard tallied second-place points in nine different events.
- Miki Dahlke was a runner-up in the 100 free (51.79), 200 free (1:49.94) and the 100 butterfly (55.44).
- Harvard picked up first-place points in the 400 freestyle relay. Ingrid Wall, Dahlke, Brittany Usinger and Kennidy Quist completed the race in 3:29.84.
- Usinger nearly won the 200 fly with a time of 2:01.79, but was nudged by UCLA's Amy Okada, who emerged victorious (2:01.50).
Harvard returns to Cambridge to play host to Brown and Penn on Saturday at Blodgett Pool. The noon double-dual meet will air on ESPN+.