Another Strong Day for Harvard at Invitational

Another Strong Day for Harvard at Invitational

Luick was part of another strong team performance for the Crimson (photo courtesy David Silverman).

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CAMBRIDGE, Mass.—The Harvard women’s swimming and diving team continued its strong performance on the second day of the Harvard Swimming and Diving Invitational, winning six of eight events Saturday at Blodgett Pool. Mackenzie Luick, Kate Mills, Katherine Pickard and Kelly Robinson each contributed to two event victories.

For the second straight day, the Crimson took control early with a relay win. Katy Hinkle, Luick, Robinson and Ali Slack won the 200-yard medley relay in 1:43.69, 0.61 seconds ahead of runner-up Rutgers. Robinson would later lead four Harvard swimmers in the top four spots of the 100 butterfly. She touched the wall in 55.11 seconds and was followed by Sophie Morgan, Slack and Ellie Johnson.

Luick’s individual win came later, in the 100 breaststroke with a time of 1:03.88. Pickard and Mills won the 400 individual medley and 200 freestyle, respectively, before helping Harvard finish with a victory in the 800 free relay. Pickard won the 400 IM, the first individual swim of the session, in 4:20.66, more than five seconds ahead of the field.

Mills led a dominant Harvard performance in the 200 free. With a winning time of 1:50.51, she was the first of five straight Crimson finishers. Catherine Zagroba edged Alexandra Clarke for second place, less than one-quarter second back of Mills. Christine Kaufmann and Camille Hendrix rounded out the top five. Pickard, Zagroba, Mills and Clarke won the closing relay n 7:30.65.

Rutgers won the other two events, with Cat Whetstone taking the 100 backstroke in 55.44 seconds and Erin Saunders claiming the three-meter diving with 585.65 points. Katy Hinkle was the runner-up in the 100 back, narrowly missing an NCAA “B” cut in 55.73. Jenny Reese finished just 2.5 points behind Saunders in the diving.

The full teams competing against Harvard are Columbia, Rutgers, Sacred Heart and Wagner. The meet concludes Sunday.