Women's Swimming and Diving Cruises Past Cornell, Dartmouth

The Crimson won 12 of 16 events, including each of the first eight, to defeat Cornell and Dartmouth in the first meet of the year (Gil Talbot).

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Harvard women's swimming and diving team cruised to a pair of victories Saturday as it won 12 of 16 events against Cornell and Dartmouth at Blodgett Pool. The Crimson, which has now won five straight meets at home, defeated the Big Red by a score of 218-80 and the Big Green 187.5-110.5.

Harvard (2-0, 2-0 Ivy League) opened the meet with eight straight wins, beginning with the 200 yard medley. The team of Caroline Weaver, Mackenzie Luick, Ana Anaya and Ellie Johnson combined for a time of 1:46.48 to just edged out Cornell's time of 1:47.00. Freshmen Kelsey Hojan-Clark and Courtney Otto finished 1-2 in the 1,000 free, clocking in at 10:03.28 and 10:04.75, respectively, and were followed by classmate Faith Martin who won the 200 free in 1:51.07.

Senior Meghan Leddy continued the streak with a winning time of 57.65 in the 100 back. She was followed by Weaver who finished second in 58.41. It was another 1-2 finish for the Crimson in the 100 breast with freshman Stephanie Ferrell clocking in at 1:04.08 and Luick in 1:05.47. Keeping the trend alive, Otto won the 200 fly with a time of 2:01.2 while Schulkin took second in 2:03.26.

The 50 free went to sophomore Jenna Gregoire and her time of 24.27. Senior Leslie Rea capped off the eight event win streak with a first-place finish in the one-meter dive with a final score of 263.95.

Four more 1-2 finishes capped off the day for Harvard beginning with Leddy and Weaver in the 200 back. Leddy stopped the clock in 2:01.44 as Weaver finished in 2:04.58. Ferrell (2:21.56) and senior Helen Pitchik (2:21.97) led the pack in the 200 breast while senior Catherine Zagroba (4:55.64) and Hojan-Clark (4:59.86) went 1-2 in the 500 free. Martin won her second race of the day and the Crimson's 12th overall with a time of 2:05.66 in the 200 IM. Otto finished second in 2:08.15.

Harvard will return to action Friday, Dec. 2 at the Georgia Invitational in Athens, Ga.