Strong Showing Allows Women's Swimming and Diving to Maintain HYP Lead

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The Harvard women's swimming and diving team jumped off the blocks with a fast start to the annual HYP meet on Saturday, as the Crimson reeled off six wins in eight counted events on Day 1 against Princeton and Yale at Robert J.H. Kiphuth Exhibition Pool.

Harvard quickly showed its prowess on the boards first as freshman Elina Leiviska took home first place with her 282.45 combined score in the 3-meter dive. Not far behind in second place was teammate Schuyler Moore with her 280.15 score to earn four more team points in the early going. Brittney Wang placed fourth in the event, scoring a combined total of 278.80.

In the evening cap between the lanes, the Crimson's 200 medley relay unit blazed the trail of success, touching the wall first in 1:43.12 to hold off Princeton in second and Harvard's second foursome of Marissa Cominelli, Stephanie Ferrell, Ana Anaya and Deirde Clute in third (1:45.34).

After Sherry Liu grabbed a second-place finish in the lengthy 1000 free (9:57.14), the Crimson stole the show in the mid-distance 200 free. Led by Victoria Chan's first place time of 1:47.97, Harvard posted a 1-4 finish, followed by Margaret Ramsey in second (1:49.50), Daniela Johnson in third (1:50.14), while Sarah Sumner's fourth place finish counted as an exhibition (1:51.09). Chan would eventually earn her another win down the road in the 50 free, pacing the pool with her 23.14 in the speedy event to cap off the night.

Danielle Lee continued her torrid pace this season as the sophomore claimed yet another victory in the 100 backstroke event. Lee's 54.42 time put her ahead of Princeton in second and two fellow Harvard teammates in third and fourth, as Cominelli and Kendall Crawford finished, respectively.

Stephanie Ferrell, no stranger to success in HYP, took another first place finish for the Crimson, this time owning the top spot in the 100 breaststroke with her split of 1:04.54. Senior Sara Li finished in third during the event, clocking in just behind at 1:04.97. Classmate and co-captain Danielle Schulkin went on to take third place in the next event, swimming the 200 butterfly in 2:01.40 for another top-3 finish on the year.

The Crimson swimmers and divers will hit the pool once again tomorrow to cap off the 2013-14 edition of the annual HYP meet beginning with the 1-meter dive at 9:45 a.m.