Alicia Lightbourne has been a staple on the Harvard relay squads this season (David Silverman).
The Harvard women's swimming and diving team prepares for a busy weekend of competition as it travels to New Jersey to swim in the Rutgers Invitational Friday and Saturday before hosting Penn in its first and only home meet of the season Sunday.
Last Time Out
The Crimson captured all but one event, starting the 2011 schedule with a 198-97 win over Brown Friday night at Seekonk High School.
Harvard wasted little time getting going against the Bears, taking the top three spots in the 400-yard medley relay, led by the top team of Meghan Leddy, Ali Lightbourne, Kelly Robinson and Jenna Gregoire which registered a time of 3:55.32. Kate Mills fronted a trio of Harvard swimmers in the 400 individual medley with a time of 4:20.96, and Sara Li took the 200 freestyle in 1:52.39.
Katy Hinkle kept the ball rolling with a win in the 100 backstroke in 57.79 and Laura Evans followed with a win in the 100 breaststroke in 1:07.04. Danielle Schulkin was victorious in the 200 butterfly with a 2:02.21 mark, Ali Slack took the 50 free in 24.31 and Evans followed with her second event win, taking the 100 free in 52.43. Paige Newell was Harvard's next winner, capturing the 200 backstroke in 2:03.91 and Kristin Korsberg took the 500 free in 4:59.86.
Mills earned her second event win in the 100 fly with a time of 56.13 to wrap up the swimming events for Harvard. The Crimson owned the diving events at the meet with Schuyler Moore taking the one-meter event and Leslie Rea capturing the three-meter competition.
The Rutgers Invitational
Harvard will be tested throughout the weekend, starting with a talented slate of teams at the Rutgers event. No. 13 Minnesota, which Harvard defeated earlier this season at the Georgia Invitational, headlines the featured teams, and is joined by Toledo, Rider, St. Francis and host Rutgers. While primarily a collegiate meet, there will be select events for age group swimmers and divers as well. The Gophers won last year's event with a total of 308 points, besting Rutgers, UMBC, Rider, Richmond and CCSU.
The Crimson is the only Ivy League team that the Quakers have yet to face this season as Penn comes to Cambridge with a 3-3 league record. After a 171.5-120.5 loss to Princeton to kick off Ivy action, Penn rattled off wins over Cornell and Columbia before the holiday break. The Quakers dropped the first two league meets of the New Year but rebounded with a win their last time out over Dartmouth, 164-136. Against the Big Green, rookie Shelby Fortin collected a pair of wins for Penn, capturing the 100 back and the 50 free. She also took second in the 200 back to help Penn split with Dartmouth and Yale.
The top three teams in the Ivy League standings are set to collide in New Haven, Conn., as Harvard, Yale and Princeton will put their unblemished records on the line in the annual HYP Meet Jan. 28.