Mills Earns Career High-Point Swimmer as Women’s Swimming and Diving Takes Second at Ivy Championships

Kate Mills earned the career high-point swimmer award at the 2011 Ivy League Championships (Photo Courtesy:

The Harvard women's swimming and diving team was one of just two teams to eclipse 1,000 points as it captured second place at the 2011 Ivy League Championships, Saturday at DeNunzio Pool. The Crimson totaled 1,436 points over the two days of competition, second only to Princeton who captured the title with 1,562 points in the meet. Harvard bested Columbia (894), Penn (888), Yale (860), Dartmouth (794.5), Cornell (730) and Brown (651.5).

In a ceremony at the end of the meet, senior Kate Mills was recognized as the career high point swimmer at the Ivy Championships, compiling 330 points in her career at the event.  

Christine Kaufmann kicked off day three with a third-place finish in the 1,000-yard freestyle in a time of 10:00.57 and Paige Newell placed sixth in the event with a 10:03.21 mark. Meghan Leddy earned a victory in the next event, posting a time of 1:56.66 in the 200 backstroke and Laura Evans took fifth with a time of 2:00.04. Harvard placed four swimmers in the 100 free finals and was fronted by a 3-4 finish by Sara Li (50.08) and Katy Hinkle (50.29).

Mills earned 28 points with a second-place finish in the 200 butterfly with a time of 1:58.05 and was joined in the final heat by Danielle Schulkin, who placed fifth in 2:01.40. Jenny Reese and Leslie Rea made the one-meter diving final and Reese took second with 268.85 points while Rea placed sixth with a score of 256.75. Harvard ended the meet in fine style, as the team of Hinkle, Li, Mills and Ali Slack combined for a second-place finish in the 400 free relay, posting a new school record time of 3:20.32.

Harvard also competed in the second day of the ECAC Championships and maintained its first-place position in the event with a two-day total of 449 points. Courtland Kelly was victorious in the three-meter diving event with a score of 237.90 and Jessica Stanchfield was close behind in fourth with a score of 207.35. Carol Lin, Mackenzie Luick, Kelly Robinson and Ellie Johnson teamed for a second-place time of 1:44.68 in the 200 medley relay and Robinson earned an individual title in the 100 butterfly with a time of 55.87. Luick took third in the 100 breaststroke in 1:03.89 and Deirdre Clute placed fourth in 100 back with a time of 57.01. Harvard closed the day with a fifth-place finish in the 800 free relay in 7:40.27.

The Crimson will wrap up its weekend Sunday in final day of competition at the ECAC Championships in Pittsburgh, Pa.