Women’s Swimming and Diving 2018-19 Season-In-Review

Miki Dahlke qualified for the 2020 Olympic Trials on Sunday in the 50-meter freestyle (Photo Courtesy: Justin Casterline).
Miki Dahlke qualified for the 2020 Olympic Trials on Sunday in the 50-meter freestyle (Photo Courtesy: Justin Casterline).

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Harvard women's swimming and diving enjoyed a successful 2018-19 season in which it captured its second straight Ivy League title and qualified five individuals for the NCAA Championships, its most since at least 2009-10. Below are notes recapping the Crimson's year.

DUAL SEASON

  • Harvard went 7-2 in dual meets and 6-1 against Ivy League competition.
  • The Crimson posted at least six dual-meets victories for the 15th time in the last 17 seasons.
  • The six Ivy wins marks the 14th time in the last 16 years Harvard has posted at least that many victories against conference foes.

IVY LEAGUE CHAMPIONSHIPS

  • Harvard won its second consecutive Ivy League championship, totaling 1,500 points and finishing ahead of second-place Yale, which earned 1,390.50 points.
  • The Ivy League title was Harvard's fourth in the last six seasons.
  • The Crimson won seven events, with first-year Samantha Shelton emerging victorious in the 200 free, 200 back and 200 IM, while swimming on the winning 400-free and 800-free relays.
  • Junior Miki Dahlke won two individual events (500 free, 100 fly) and was on the winning 400-free and 800-free relay teams.
  • Joining Shelton and Dahlke on the victorious 400 free relay were Mei Lynn Colby and Kennidy Quist. Helena Moreno and Sonia Wang, meanwhile, swam the other two legs with Shelton and Dahlke on the first-place 800 free relay.
  • Shelton received the Ivy League Co-High Point Award and senior Mikaela Thompson was named the Ivy League's Ron Keenhold Career High Point Diver with 204 points.
  • Harvard earned 17 all-Ivy League honors (seven first team, 10 second team), the most since 2005, when it collected 19 accolades.
  • Stephanie Wriede Morawski '92, The Costin Family Head Coach for Harvard Women's Swimming and Diving, was voted the Ivy League Coach of the Year for the second straight season.

NCAA CHAMPIONSHIPS

  • Harvard qualified five individuals for the NCAA Championships, its most since before the 2009-10 campaign.
  • Dahlke and Shelton, along with sophomore diver Georgina Milne and diving first-years Morgan Herculano and Esther Lawrence earned NCAA berths.
  • The Crimson sent multiple student-athletes to the NCAA Championships for the fifth straight year and multiple swimmers for the first time since 2012. Harvard had multiple divers qualify for NCAAs for the first time since before the '09-10 campaign.
  • Dahlke made her third straight NCAA appearance and was eligible to compete in the 50 free, 200 free and 100 free.
  • Shelton was eligible to swim in the 200 back, 200 free and 200 IM.
  • Joining Shelton as a first-time NCAA competitor were all three divers. Milne, Herculano and Lawrence were all 3-meter board qualifiers, with Herculano earning an invitation in the 1-meter event.
  • Dahlke set a personal record in the 50 free, finishing the race in 22.58, which was the third-fastest time in school history. She was also the first alternate in the 200 free after posting the field's 17th-fastest time (1:44.87).

HARVARD RECORDS

  • Dahlke established new Harvard records in the 100 free, 200 free and 500 free. The junior posted a time of 48.51 in the 100 free, finished the 200 free in 1:44.26, and completed the 500 free in 4:40.26. All three efforts came at the Ivy League Championships.
  • Shelton broke a four-year-old school record in the 200 back. The first-year logged a time of 1:54.01 at the Ivy meet.
  • The quartet of Colby, Ingrid Wall, Brittany Usinger and Quist erased a six-year-old record in the 200 medley relay. The group accomplished the feat with a time of 1:39.34 at the Ivy League Championships.
  • The Harvard 400 free relay of Colby, Shelton, Quist and Dahlke set the program record in the event at the Ivy Championships. The team finished the race in 3:15.47, which was almost three seconds better than the previous record (3:18.39 in 2018).