Crimson Finishes Off Winning Weekend at Harvard Invitational

Mills hit an NCAA "B" cut in her 200 fly win (photo courtesy John Reilly).

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CAMBRIDGE, Mass.—The Harvard women’s swimming and diving team captured the championship of the Harvard Swimming and Diving Invitational Sunday, winning six of seven events on the final day of competition at Blodgett Pool. Harvard finished with 1,224 points, 361 more than second-place Rutgers with 863. Columbia placed third with 698, followed by Wagner (288) and Sacred Heart (169). The Crimson also claimed a 182-107 dual-meet win against Columbia, hit two NCAA “B” cuts and won 17 of the 20 weekend events.

Alexandra Clarke, Meghan Leddy, Katy Hinkle, Mackenzie Luick and Kate Mills won individual events for the Crimson, and Hinkle also contributed to a relay win. Clarke started the session with a winning time of 16:40.74 in the 1,650-yard freestyle, good for an NCAA “B” cut. She led a Crimson sweep of the top three places in the event, as Christine Kaufmann placed second and Catherine Zagroba was third. Harvard had four of the top five finishers in the 200 backstroke. Leddy won in 2:00.25, and Caroline Weaver was the runner-up.

Hinkle won the 100 free in 51.09 seconds and was followed to the wall by Camille Hendrix and Ali Slack. Luick won her second breaststroke in as many days, taking the 200 in 2:17.65. Mills followed with a win in the final individual swim of the weekend, provisionally qualifying for the NCAA Championships in the process. She took the 200 butterfly title in 1:59.16 before Katherine Pickard and Sophie Morgan completed a Harvard sweep of the top three finishes. Hinkle, Ellie Johnson, Pickard and Slack wrapped up the meet by winning the 400 free relay by 1.79 seconds, in 3:25.47.

Boston University’s Melinda Matyas won the one-meter diving with 538.95 points, while Leslie Rea was the top Harvard finisher, taking third place with 491.10. In the dual competition against Columbia, Teagan Lehrmann was the top finisher with 220.15 points, while Courtland Kelly and Jessica Stanchfield wrapped up the top three spots. Lehrmann and Stanchfield took the top two places in Saturday’s three-meter dual competition.