Women’s Swimming and Diving Nets Ivy Wins Over Brown, Penn

Miki Dahlke helped Harvard pick up a pair of Ivy League victories at home (Gil Talbot).
Miki Dahlke helped Harvard pick up a pair of Ivy League victories at home (Gil Talbot).
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Complete Results

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Harvard women's swimming and diving remained unbeaten in Ivy League action after defeating Brown and Penn on Saturday at Blodgett Pool. The Crimson earned a 162.50-137.50 victory over the Bears and cruised by the Quakers, 222-78.

Harvard started its day by winning or sharing first place in the opening five events. The Crimson shared the top step on the podium with Brown, following the 200-yard medley relay. Both teams, with Harvard's entry featuring Mei Lynn Colby, Jaycee Yegher, Brittany Usinger and Miki Dahlke, completed the first race of the day in 1:44.43.

Colby, Dahlke and Yegher all tasted victory later in the day with Colby snatching first place in the 100 backstroke with a season-best effort of 56.09. As for Dahlke, she finished ahead of teammates Matti Harrison and Marcella Ruppert-Gomez, who went 1-2 in the 500 free, posting a time of 4:58.54. Yegher, meanwhile, was victorious in the 100 breast (1:05.64).

Harvard improved to 6-1 on the season and 5-0 in the Ivy League. Brown, meanwhile, dropped to 3-4 (2-2 Ivy) and Penn moved to 2-7 (1-6 Ivy).

Harvard Highlights

  • Harvard won both diving events with first-year Esther Lawrence outperforming the field on the 1-meter board (254.75) and classmate Morgane Herculano taking first at three meters (season-best 270.30).
  • Ruppert-Gomez picked up the first individual win of the day, completing the 1,000 free in 10:14.69. The freshman finished ahead of first-year Helena Moreno, who turned in a second-place time of 10:16.05.
  • Samantha Shelton won the 200 free in 1:50.04, edging teammate Kennidy Quist (1:52.10).
  • Sonia Wang cruised to victory in the 200 individual medley, winning in 2:03.94. Her next-closest competitor recorded a time of 2:06.13.
  • Harvard improved to 33-9 all-time vs. Brown and has now won 17 straight against the Bears. As for Penn, the Crimson won its 15th in a row vs. the Quakers and is 30-3 all-time vs. the school.

Next Up

Harvard returns to action on Feb. 1, when it welcomes Yale and Princeton to Blodgett Pool. The meet is set to begin at 6 p.m.