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Lee Concludes NCAA Championships with Personal Best Time in 200 Backstroke

Lee (left) and Costin Family Head Coach for Harvard Women's Swimming and Diving Stephanie Wriede Morawski at the 2014 NCAA Championships. (Photo: Harvard Women's Swimming and Diving)

MINNEAPOLIS – After a strong showing in the 100 backstroke and the 100 butterfly, Harvard sophomore Danielle Lee put forth a lifetime best effort in the 200 backstroke on Saturday to conclude her trip to the 2014 NCAA Women's Swimming and Diving Championships.

Seeded 44th in the 200 back, Lee captured 30th place in the preliminaries, touching the wall in a personal-best time of 1:55.50, less than one second off the Harvard program record for the event, set by Meghan Leddy in 2011.

"She prepared herself to race as it if were the finals and we're proud of the result," said Stephanie Wriede Morawski, the Costin Family Head Coach for Harvard Women's Swimming and Diving. "She stayed mentally tough. Having now experienced the meet, the environment and how fast you need to swim in the prelims to earn a second swim, Danielle will be much more prepared the next time she attends the NCAA Championships."

Lee concludes her time in Minneapolis after taking part in the 100 backstroke, 200 backstroke and 100 butterfly on the nation's largest collegiate stage.