CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Following a highly successful weekend at HYP, the No. 24 Harvard women's swimming and diving team will send seven student-athletes to Blacksburg, Va., for the regular season-ending Virginia Tech Invitational. Savannah Butler, Margaret Chory, Shori Hijikata, Kyle Krueger, Paige Newell, Summer Schmitt and Daniela Suarez-Rebling will represent the Crimson in the two-day event.
"This group of athletes has trained hard all year," Stephanie Wriede Morawski, the Costin Family Head Coach for Harvard Women's Swimming & Diving, said. "They're heading to Virginia Tech ready to race."
For seniors Krueger and Newell, this will be the last meet of their Crimson careers.
"They've meant so much to this team in terms of their leadership," Morawski said, "and now they'll be leading the way at the Virginia Tech meet. This may be a small group, but we're still one team despite the two locations. Everyone is focused on the process of swimming fast. We don't normally face this type of competition from outside of our League, especially in a fast pool like this. We're excited to see what happens."
They'll be up against stiff competition with opposing teams like VT, UNCW, Arkansas and Johns Hopkins sending swimmers to compete in the late-season invite.
For her part, Krueger is coming off the meet of her career at HYP, swimming a personal best in both the 100 (1:05.61) and 200 (2:23.15) breaststroke between the lanes. Newell set a season-best time herself, swimming a 1:54.02 in the 200 freestyle.
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Harvard (6-1, 6-1 Ivy League) finished out its League slate with a resounding sweep of Yale and Princeton in New Haven, Conn. The Crimson defeated the host Bulldogs, 195-105, while downing the Tigers, 189-111. Following the wins, Harvard has moved up the totem pole and now sits No. 1 in the CollegeSwimming.com mid-major poll.
While the seven Crimson compete in Blacksburg, the remaining members of the squad will ready for the upcoming Ivy League Championships, set to start Feb. 20 in Brown's Katherine Moran Coleman Aquatics Center.