Women's Swimming and Diving Earns 12th Straight Ivy Win by Topping Brown, Penn
Lee was one of three Harvard swimmers to earn two or more wins against Penn and Brown Saturday (photo Kevin Burns).
PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Three individual wins from junior Sara Li and two from freshman classmates Danielle Lee and Sherry Liu carried the Harvard women's swimming and diving team to a pair of Ivy League victories Saturday afternoon. The Crimson topped Penn, 241-58, and Brown, 208-92, to earn its fourth and fifth conference wins of the season. Harvard has now won 12 consecutive Ancient Eight duals dating back to last season.
Lee and Li combined with freshman Kendall Crawford and senior Mackenzie Luick to get Harvard started with a win in the 200 medley relay (1:44.10), before the Crimson took off to post 14 first-place finishes on the day. Harvard went 1-2-3 in the next event, the 1650-yard freestyle, including an impressive winning time of 16:49.45 from Liu. The freshman's effort, which was also Harvard's best time in the event this season, was followed by classmates Marlee Ehrlich in second (17:07.51) and Margaret Ramsey in third (17:11.11).
Lee was next up and posted back-to-back wins in the 200 freestyle and 100 backstroke. After touching the wall in 1:49.66 in the freestyle race, she clipped a pair of Crimson swimmers to win the 100 back in 55.43. Crawford was just behind Lee at 55.85 and senior Caroline Weaver finished third in 56.79 to give Harvard another sweep of the top three spots.
The Crimson continued its swimming dominance with first-place finishes from freshman Connie Hsu in the 200 butterfly (2:03.07) and Li in the 50 free (23.48), before moving to the boards where Harvard posted four of the top five results in the one meter. Senior Brittany Powell won the event with a score of 260.35, junior Alex Stanton came in second (255.05) and freshman Emily Bonfig (245.80) and senior Teagan Lehrmann (244.30) were fourth and fifth, respectively.
With a commanding lead over Brown and Penn, the Crimson claimed four of the next five races. Li put up Harvard's best 100 freestyle time of the season (50.94), Crawford cruised in the 200 back (2:00.91) in front of Deirdre Clute in second (2:06.38), Liu won the 500 free (4:56.19), the second of her two signature distance races, and Weaver had her best career showing in the 100 butterfly (56.97) for yet another Crimson victory.
Harvard followed by earning the top four positions off the three-meter boards with Lehrmann in first (278.90). Powell was second (273.00), Stanton finished third (265.95) and Largent gave the Crimson the first four spots (246.95) with no Bears or Quakers within nine points.
Li finished the day with a victory in the 200 IM (2:05.49), her third of the meet, and Harvard's 400 freestyle relay squad won the double-dual's last race. Crawford, Weaver, Ramsey and Clute exchanged swims to top off the meet for the Crimson in 3:28.89.
The Crimson returns to Cambridge to face Vermont tomorrow at 11 a.m. Harvard will recognize its seniors in the group's last home dual meet of the 2012-13 campaign.