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Harvard Meets Brown on Senior Day at Blodgett

Katie Faulkner and her fellow seniors will be honored before Saturday's meet (photo courtesy DSPics.com).

Storyline
The Harvard women's swimming and diving team takes part in its only home Ivy League dual meet of the season as it hosts Brown on Senior Day at Blodgett Pool. The meet gets underway at noon.

Senior Salute
Harvard's graduating class of Alexandra Clarke, Katie Faulkner, Natalia Festa, Kay Foley and Sophie Morgan is in the home stretch of a four-year run full of accomplishment. The group has led Harvard to Ivy League and ECAC titles and records of 23-4 overall and 22-3 in Ivy League dual meets and has contributed to five school records. Harvard Athletics thanks these five student-athletes for their hard work, congratulates them on their great success and wishes them the best in the rest of the season as well as in their future endeavors.

Order of Events
1. 200-yard medley relay
2. 1,000-yard freestyle
3. 200-yard freestyle
4. 50-yard freestyle
5. 400-yard individual medley
6. One-meter diving
7. 100-yard butterfly
8. 100-yard freestyle
9. 100-yard backstroke
10. 500-yard freestyle
11. Three-meter diving
12. 100-yard breaststroke
13. 200-yard freestyle relay

Last Time Out
Katy Hinkle and Kelly Robinson each contributed to three official wins and a record-setting exhibition win to lead the Crimson (4-0, 4-0 Ivy League)  to a 218-95 victory at Penn Jan. 9. Kate Mills' winning times of 2:00.36 in the 200-yard butterfly and 4:54.33 in the 500 freestyle were good for new pool records. The 400 free relay squad of Robinson,  Ali Slack, Camille Hendrix and Hinkle finished an exhibition swim in 3:30.68 to set a new pool record.

The diving events for the meet were held at Princeton as part of the Princeton Diving Invitational. Jenny Reese was Harvard's top finisher in the one-meter, taking second with 262.20 points. Leslie Rea took third in the three-meter with 248.70 points. Teagan Lehrmann and Brittany Powell qualified for the NCAA Zone A Diving Championships with third- and fourth-place finishes, respectively, in the platform event at Princeton.

Business Trip
Harvard's second semester begins with classes Monday, and the Crimson sought out warm weather for part of its January break. The team's swimmers took a training trip to Barbados, while the divers went to Hawaii.

National Attention
Harvard again received votes in the latest CollegeSwimming.com/College Swimming Coaches Association of America Division I Swimming and Diving Team Poll, released Thursday.

Scouting the Bears
Brown (1-4, 1-2 Ivy League) opened its Ivy season with a win at Dartmouth but has since suffered league losses to Princeton and Penn. The Bears' most recent meet came Jan. 16 against Boston University, with the Terriers prevailing, 204-96. Kristin Jackson paced Brown with a win in the 100 back (58.97 seconds) and a runner-up showing in the 200 breaststroke (2:22.60). The Bears fell to Penn, 171-110, in their last Ivy meet but got three event wins from Jackson and two from Bridget Ballard.

History Lesson
Harvard swept the top three spots in each of the first two events to jump out to a 31-4 lead on the way to a 199.5-99.5 win against Brown last season at Blodgett. Ali Slack swam on both winning relay teams (200-yard medley, 200 freestyle), while Kate Mills won the first and last individual races (1,000 free, 200 individual medley). Marissa Ash won the one-meter diving and placed second in the three-meter.

Coming Attractions
The Crimson completes its Ivy dual schedule Jan. 30 with the annual HYP meet against Yale and host Princeton before returning to Blodgett for a head-to-head matchup against Northeastern and the Ivy League Championships.