Women's Swimming and Diving Resumes against Brown and Penn on Saturday

Women's Swimming and Diving Resumes against Brown and Penn on Saturday

The Crimson resumes the 2017-2018 season on Saturday with a tri-meet at Brown (Gil Talbot). 

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Returning from its winter training trip, the Harvard women's swimming and diving team opens 2018 on Saturday against Brown and Penn in Providence, R.I. beginning at noon.

Last Time Out
The Crimson had a plethora of swimmers compete with strong performances at the Texas Invitational in December. Freshman Jaycee Yegher and Meagan Popp placed seventh and eighth, respectively, in the 200-yard breaststroke, while sophomore Miki Dahlke posted a fourth-place finish in the 200-yard freestyle with a time of 1:45.76. At the Georgia Invitational, junior Mikaela Thompson finished tied for fourth in the one-meter dive, recording a score of 270.70 in the finals. 

Scouting Brown
Brown is coming off a second-place finish at Princeton's, three-day Big Al Invitational on Dec. 3. The Bears were guided by top-five finishes from a pair of sophomores. Julia Armitage began the day finishing fourth in the 1650-yard freestyle with a time of 16:57.61, while Sarah Welch finished fourth in the 200-yard backstroke, touching the wall with a time of 1:59.09.  

Scouting Penn
The Quakers split a pair of Ivy League meets in Hanover, N.H., defeating Dartmouth, but falling to Yale on Jan. 7. Senior Virginia Burns broke the Dartmouth pool record in the 500-yard freestyle, posting a time of 4:55.30 - .27 seconds better than the previous mark. Freshman Quinn Scannell took first-place in the 100-yard backstroke, finishing with a time of 0:55.97.

2017 NCAA Championships
Harvard sent two members to the NCAA swimming and diving competition in 2017. Swimmer Mikaela Dahlke represented the swimmers in her first year, while Jing Leung went to nationals for the third-straight year. Dahlke posted a personal-best in the 100-yard freestyle, touching the wall in 48.78 to place 36th. Amongst divers, Leung came in 32nd, 1.4 points shy of breaking into the top 30. 

All-Ivy Returners
Harvard returns 10 of 11 swimmers and divers that earned All-Ivy honors last winter. Meagan Popp (Jr., 200 IM, 100 breast, 200 breast), Brittany Usinger (Jr., 100 butterfly, 200, butterfly), Mikaela Dahlke (So., 100 free, 200 free) Mikaela Thompson (Jr., 1-meter diving) and Jing Leung (Sr., 3-meter diving) all return for the Crimson. Each member of Harvard's 200 and 400 freestyle relay and 400 medley relay also return.  

Academic Success
Harvard posted the eighth-highest GPA in 2016-2017 and was named a CSCAA Scholar All-America team with 11 members receiving Scholar All-America nods. To earn the honor, a student-athlete must earn a GPA of a 3.50 or above and achieve a 'B' cut as a swimmer or compete in the NCAA Championship.

Full CSCAA Scholar All-America Announcement 

Harvard announced the addition of 10 freshman to the squad for 2017-2018. The class of 2021 includes: Elizabeth HolmesDaniela LieraGeorgina MilneMichelle Owens, Cassandra, Pasadyn, Annabelle PatersonKennidy QuistAllie RussellIngrid Wall and Jaycee Yegher.

Full Class of 2021 Announcement 

Ivy League Network
The Ivy League Network returns for a fifth season as the home for all live streaming and on-demand video content for each of the conference's eight institutions. Broadcast in full HD and featuring a live score bug and play-by-play and color commentary, the Ivy League Network provides fans with unprecedented access to the Ancient Eight. 

Multiple subscription options are available to fans, including school-specific and league-wide passes. To learn more about the Ivy League Network or to sign-up today, click here, or download the Ivy League Network app

What's Next?
Harvard returns to Blodgett Pool on Feb 3-4 for a tri-meet against Princeton and Yale beginning at 6 p.m. The meet will be broadcast on the Ivy League Network.