AUSTIN, Texas -- On the first day of the Texas Invitational, the Harvard women's swimming and diving showed exceptionally well against some of the toughest competition in the pool this season.
"I love our 500," said Stephanie Wriede Morawski, the Costin Family Head Coach for Harvard Women's Swimming & Diving. "We're fighting through some injuries in other events, but they really fought well. Especially since the academic stress is so great right now."
The Crimson earned a pair of top-15 finishes on the afternoon, starting with the 200 freestyle relay. The quartet of Daniela Johnson, Danielle Lee, Summer Schmitt and Faith Martin clocked in at 1:35.62 for a 13th-place finish in the opening event of the finals. Shortly after, long-distance specialist Ashlee Korsberg captured 13th place herself in the grueling 500 freestyle event, swimming a 4:49.33 in the second heat.
Courtney Otto performed well for Harvard in the 100 butterfly, coming in 22nd with her 54.94 split. In the speedy 50 yard freestyle, Victoria Chan duplicated her preliminary time of 23.38 to finish No. 20, followed closely by Crimson co-captain Deirdre Clute's 26th place finish.
Harvard perhaps saved the best for the last event of the opening day, as the 400 medley relay unit of Danielle Lee, Stephanie Ferrell, Courtney Otto and Victoria Chan took eighth place with their combined 3:43.49 time after a very quick 3:41.67 preliminary heat. Not far behind was Marissa Cominelli, Daniela Johnson, co-captain Danielle Schulkin and Ashlee Korsberg in 11th (3:49.91).
The Crimson return to the lanes for Day 2 at 11 a.m. ET tomorrow.