PRINCETON, N.J. – Harvard won the 800-yard freestyle relay and was the runner-up in the 200-yard medley relay on the first day of the 2019 Ivy League Championships at DeNunzio Pool.
The Crimson defended its 800 free relay title from a season ago with a season-best time of 7:06.98, which was almost three seconds faster than its previous 2018-19 best (7:09.84). Junior Miki Dahlke swam the opening leg and was followed by first-years Samantha Shelton and Helena Moreno, and senior Sonia Wang. Dahlke swam the first 200 in a school-record time of 1:44.26
In the first race of the day, the Harvard quartet of junior Mei Lynn Colby, sophomore Ingrid Wall, senior Brittany Usinger and sophomore Kennidy Quist turned in a 200 medley relay time of 1:39.34. Their performance was a Crimson season best by more than three seconds (1:42.93) and was second only to Yale's 1:38.24.
- The Crimson broke the school record in the 200 medley relay. The previous record was 1:39.48, established in 2013 by Kendall Crawford '16, Mackenzie Luick '13, Ana Anaya '15 and Sara Li '14.
- Dahlke, who swam the first leg of the 800 free relay, set the school record with her 200 time of 1:44.26. She owned the previous record of 1:45.00, which was set in 2018.
- Harvard's performance in the 800 free relay was the second-fastest performance in school history and set a DeNunzio Pool record. The quartet's 7:06.98 trails only the 7:05.06 set in 2018 by Dahlke, Quist, Georgie Enoch '18 and Meagan Popp.
- Harvard and Yale are tied atop the standings with 120 points, with Princeton (106 points) and Penn (100) sitting in third and fourth place, respectively. Dartmouth (98) and Brown (98) are tied for fifth place with Cornell (92) and Columbia (50) rounding out the leaderboard.
Harvard continues action at the Ivy League Championships tomorrow, beginning at 11 a.m. with the prelims and followed by the finals at 6 p.m. Both sessions will air on ESPN+.