PRINCETON, N.J. – Harvard Women's Swimming and Diving won two events and was runner-up in an additional two races to help it take a lead after the first two days of the 2019 Ivy League Championships.
The Crimson has earned 526.50 points through seven events and finds itself ahead of its closest competitor, Yale, which owns 495.50 points. Princeton (423 points) and Brown (330) round out the top four, with Dartmouth (243), Penn (221), Columbia (206) and Cornell (201) completing the standings.
Miki Dahlke opened her day by winning the 500-yard freestyle prelim in a season-best 4:43.52, which was the third-best mark in school history. After finishing the race in the morning and securing a spot in the finals, the junior returned to DeNunzio Pool more than six hours later and won the event again, this time in record fashion. Dahlke set the school and pool record by clocking in at 4:40.26, good for an NCAA B-standard.
First-year Samantha Shelton performed well in her first Ivy League Championship, winning the 200-yard individual medley. After placing sixth in the prelims, the San Antonio, Texas, native shaved more than two seconds off her first effort of the day, turning in a time of 1:58.45. Her performance was a personal record and good for third-fastest in program history. Harvard has won the event five straight years.
- Sonia Wang, who finished the 200 IM prelim in 2:01.04, was the runner-up to Shelton in the finals, completing the event in a season-best 1:58.90 (NCAA B-standard).
- Mei Lynn Colby came in second place in the 50-yard freestyle. Her mark of 22.52 (NCAA B-standard) erased her previous PR, which was already the second-best effort in Harvard history.
- The Crimson had four divers finish among the top eight on the 1-meter board. Mikaela Thompson (274.65 points), Morgane Herculano (270.05) and Katie Russ (266.30) came in fourth, fifth and sixth place, respectively. All three hit the NCAA qualifying standard. Finishing in eighth was Megan Galbreath (241.85).
- Helena Moreno posted an NCAA B-standard in the 500 free with her 4:47.09 performance. She finished in third place.
- Harvard;s 200-yard freestyle relay team of Colby, Kennidy Quist, Shelton and Dahlke came in second place with a time of 1:30.80. The effort was the third-best in school history.
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+.