Top Talent Awaits Women's Swimming and Diving at Georgia Invitational

Harvard will face four nationally-ranked teams at the Georgia Invitational this weekend (Harvard Athletic Communications).


The Harvard women's swimming and diving team wraps up the 2010 calendar year this weekend at the Georgia Invitational and the MIT Invitational. The two meets represent the first two invitationals for the Crimson this season, as well as its first looks at non-conference competition.

Split Squad
While the majority of the team will make the trip to Athens, Ga., for the Georgia Invitational, a number of Harvard swimmers will stay in Cambridge to compete in the MIT Invitational. The Georgia event runs from Dec. 3 through Dec. 5 while the MIT Invitational takes place Dec. 3-4.

Last Time Out
In its third road meet of the season, Harvard didn't miss a beat, capturing 10 of 16 events for a 189-111 win over Columbia Nov. 19 at Uris Natatorium.

The Crimson divers kicked off the meet right, taking the top four spots in the three-meter competition, led by junior Leslie Rea who totaled 277.13 points in the event. The 400-yard medley relay team of Katy Hinkle, Kelly Robinson, Alicia Lightbourne and Jenna Gregoire followed with a winning time of 3:50.63 and rookie Sara Li led a Harvard sweep in the 200 freestyle with a time of 1:52.55.

Hinkle earned an individual title with a winning time of 1:03.60 in the 100 backstroke, and first-year Danielle Schulkin captured the 200 butterfly in 2:03.78. The divers were dominant once again in the one-meter event, with freshman Schuyler Moore leading a quartet of Crimson divers atop the leaderboard with 268.73 points. Sophomore Caroline Weaver won the 200 backstroke in 2:04.21, Catherine Zagroba took the 500 free in 4:59.95 and senior Kate Mills earned a win in the 200 individual medley in a time of 2:04.87.

In the final event of the day, Harvard got back to its habit of breaking pool records in opponents' pools, capturing the 200 free relay in a facility-best time of 1:35.57. Hinkle, Gregoire, Ali Slack and Monica Burgos combined to set the record for the Crimson.

The Georgia Invitational
The Crimson returns to Athens after a one-year absence from the meet. In its last appearance at the event, Harvard turned in a solid third-place performance, finishing behind host Georgia and California and defeating Clemson, Denver and West Virginia. At this year's event, Harvard will go up against Kansas, No. 9 Virginia, No. 10 Auburn, Penn State and No. 14 Minnesota, as well as the second-ranked Bulldogs.

Next Up
Harvard's next competition will be after the New Year as it takes on Brown in Providence, R.I., Jan. 14.