Women's Swimming and Diving Moves Into Second Place After Second Day of Ivy Championships

Pictured: Harvard captured its first event win in day two of the Ivy Championships.
Photo Courtesy: Harvard Athletic Communications.

The Harvard women’s swimming and diving team picked up its first event win of the 2010 Ivy Championships, moving into second place through two days of competition at Blodgett Pool. The Crimson upped its point total to 944, second only to Princeton at 982.

Harvard started the meet with a fourth-place finish in the 200-yard medley relay, finishing just over a second behind Yale’s top time of 1:41.63, with a school-record time of 1:42.88. The Crimson picked up its first win of the meet in the 1,000 freestyle as Alexandra Clarke and Christine Kaufman finished one-two, tallying a total of 60 points. Katherine Pickard followed with a second-place finish in the 400 individual medley, swimming to an NCAA provisional qualifying time of 4:18.67.

Kelly Robinson placed third in the 100 butterfly with a school-record time of 54.50 and Kate Mills followed with a second place time of 1:48.77, good for an NCAA provisional qualifying mark, in the 200 free. Divers Jennifer Reese and Leslie Rea finished fourth and fifth in the three-meter competition, finishing with scores of 273.95 and 271.00, respectively. Harvard wrapped up the second day’s events with a second-place finish in the 800 free relay as Clarke, Pickard, Mills and Catherine Zagroba teamed up for an NCAA provisional mark of 7:17.25.

Harvard also had swimmers competing at the ECAC Championships in Pittsburgh, Pa., and the Crimson finished day one of the competition in first place with 213.5 points. Harvard kicked off the meet with a win in the 200 free relay, setting an ECAC meet record with a time of 1:35.04. The Crimson finished two-three-four-five in the 200 IM, and finished the day with a third-place result in the 400 medley relay.

Harvard is back in the pool tomorrow, wrapping up the Ivy Championships starting at 11 a.m., at Blodgett Pool. The ECACs resume in Pittsburgh with the second of three days of competition.