2017 Women's Swimming and Diving
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Harvard women's swimming and diving team will look to defend its Ivy League title this week at the 2017 Ivy League Championship Meet hosted by Brown at the Katherine Moran Aquatics Center Feb. 15-18.
The meet will begin with a brief session Wednesday night and continue Thursday – Saturday with prelims at 11 a.m. each day and finals at 6 p.m. A complete Ivy League Championship Meet schedule can be found HERE.
Harvard finished the regular season with a 6-1 record. Harvard posted victories against each of its Ivy League foes expect Yale at the season-ending H-Y-P meet. Harvard also competed in invitationals at Texas and Georgia.
A LOOK BACK
Harvard captured the 12th Ivy League championship in program history at last season's championship event. The Crimson posted a final tally of 1500.5, besting Yale by 78 points. The title marked the third in the last five years for Harvard and its points total was the most for a Crimson team since 2009.
The Crimson won seven events at the 2016 Championship Meet, earning first-team All-Ivy accolades for those victories. Six of those victories came from Crimson that are still on the team this season.
2016 FIRST TEAM ALL-IVY PERFORMERS
One-meter diving – Mikaela Thompson, Harvard (Fr. – Weston, Mass.)
Three-meter diving – Hannah Allchurch, Harvard (So. – Leatherhead, England)
200 breast - Meagan Popp, Harvard (Fr. – Newport Beach, Calif.)
200 IM – Meagan Popp, Harvard (Fr. – Newport Beach, Calif.)
400 IM – Sonia Wang, Harvard (Fr. - Upland, Calif.)
200 fly – Sonia Wang, Harvard (Fr. - Upland, Calif.)
100 back – Danielle Lee, Harvard (Sr. - Paradise Valley, Ariz.)
Ivy Title History
Harvard and Princeton have combined to win 34 Ivy League titles dating back to 1977. Since 2000, the Ivy League Championship Meet has been won by the Crimson or Tigers. Harvard has five titles in that span with its most recent coming in the 2016 season. The Crimson has won 12 Ivy League titles with its first dating back to the 1986 meet. Yale and Brown are the only two other Ivy schools to win a conference title. The Bears have five total titles with their last one coming in 1999, while the Bulldogs have six, but have not hoisted the trophy since 1997.
Harvard Event Preview
Freshman Miki Dahlke will lead the Crimson and the field into the 100 free set to be raced Saturday. The rookie from Mill Valley, California posted a 'B' cut time of 49.05 in the event at the Texas Invitational back in December, representing the top time in the Ivy League this season. Dahlke also has the third-fastest time in the 200 free (1:47.43) and the seventh-quickest in the 50 free (23.17). Daniela Johnson provides depth for the Crimson in the 200 free, as her time of 1:48.35 is good for sixth in the conference. Gabby Sims and Jerrica Li also have top-10 times in the 100 free and 50 free, respectively.
In the distance free events, Harvard has three student-athletes in the top-10 of the 500, 1,000 and 1,650 this season. Junior Regan Kology and senior Willa Wang rank second and third heading into the 1,650 free. Wang posted the fastest Harvard time in the 500 and 1,000 during the regular season. Her 10:02.13 ranks fifth in the 1,000, while her 4:51.65 is good for seventh in the 500. Kology and Ashlee Korsberg also have top-10 times in all three events.
Junior Kristina Li leads the Crimson charge in the backstroke events. Her 'B' cut time of 54.23 from December stands as the second-fastest 100 back time in the conference, just .11 off the top mark. Marissa Cominelli ranks sixth this season in the event. Li is the lone Harvard swimmer to post a top-10 time in the 200 back, clocking a 'B' cut of 1:58.48, as at the Texas Invitational in Decmeber.
Junior Geordie Enoch has set the standard this year in the 200 breast. Her 'B' cut time of 2:14.24 is .42 faster than any other time posted in the conference this season. Sophomore Meagan Popp, last year's champion, has the fourth-fastest time, while senior Daniela Johnson is fifth. Popp sports the second-best time in the 100 breast at 1:02.74, while freshman Jerrica Li is eighth.
Dahlke has also excelled in the butterfly events this season, leading a 1-2 showing for the Crimson atop the 100 fly top times. Dahlke's 53.67 narrowly edges sophomore Brittany Usinger for the best time in the Ivy League this season. Usinger's time of 2:00.40 is the top time by a Harvard swimmer at the 200 distance, and sixth-best in the Ancient Eight.
Enoch brings her talents to the IM events, in addition to the breaststroke. She is one of just two swimmers in the conference to register 'B' cut times at the 200 and 400 distances. She enters the Championships with the second-fastest time in both events, while Popp and Johnson also rank in the top-five of the 200 IM.
Mikaela Thompson and Hannah Allchurch will both return to defend their titles on the one- and three-meter boards, respectively. The Crimson dominated the boards last year, placing five competitors in the one-meter final and six in the three-meter final.