Women's Swimming Caps off Georgia Invitational With Top Performance of Weekend
Otto placed third in the 200 fly at the Georgia Invitational while Leddy took fifth in the 200 back (Gil Talbot).
ATHENS, Ga. – The Harvard women's swimming team capped off its appearance at the Georgia Invitational with perhaps its best showing of the weekend, paced by Courtney Otto's third-place finish in the 200 fly and Meghan Leddy's fifth-place showing in the 200 back.
The field at the Georgia Invitational included some of the premier swimming program's in the country, including host and No. 1 Georgia, No. 2 California, No. 4 Florida, No. 6 Auburn, No. 14 Indiana, No. 18 Virginia, No. 19 Maryland and the Crimson. Harvard finished the team competition in sixth place with 177 points, ahead of the Gators (88 points) and Terrapins (77 points). Georgia took first with 995 points.
Harvard will return to the pool Dec. 9 at Columbia.
Otto took third in the 200 fly, earning the Crimson's best finish of the weekend. The freshman completed the event in an NCAA B standard time of 1:56.94, after posting a time of 1:58.27 in the prelims.
Leddy's showing in the 200 back was just as impressive, with the senior placing fifth in an NCAA B time of 1:54.92. Leddy advanced to the finals with a 1:55.66 in the prelims.
Kelsey Hojan-Clark continued her impressive weekend with a 12th-place finish in the 1,650, clocking in with a time of 16:34.54.
The Crimson sent a trio of swimmers to the 200 fly finals, with Danielle Schulkin leading the way with an 11th-place finish in the B finals. Schulkin stopped the clock with an NCAA B standard time of 2:00.18, topping her prelim time of 2:00.22. Ana Anaya also posted an NCAA B time of 2:00.23 and placed 17th in the B finals, while Hilary Roberts took 20th overall and won the C final with a time of 2:02.43.
Mackenzie Luick rounded out Harvard's top individual performances by placing 23rd in the 200 breast with a time of 2:18.66. Harvard's 400 free relay team of Faith Martin, Jenna Gregoire, Sara Li and Sarah Sumner combined for a time of 3:25.50 to place 14th.
Otto was the first Crimson to reach the A finals where she placed eighth in the 400 IM with a time of 4:15.14, an NCAA B standard time. Martin competed in the 400 IM B finals, taking 15th in a time of 4:20.02, while Hilary Roberts (4:24.14) and Laura Evans (4:24.92) placed 19th and 20th, respectively, in the C finals.
Schulkin and Anaya reached the B finals of the 100 fly where they placed 13th and 16th, respectively. Shuclkin turned in a final time of 54.97 while Anaya clocked in at 55.86.
Five Crimson competed in the 100 breast finals led by Stephanie Ferrell's 15th-place finish. Ferrell completed the B final with an NCAA B standard time of 1:02.93, while Luick (19th, 1:03.93), Helen Pitchik (22nd, 1:04.81), Margaret Fish (23rd, 1:05.38) and Clare Foster (24th, 1:06.07) competed in the C final.
Leddy took 21st in the 100 back with a time of 55.19.
Harvard again turned in strong performances in the relay events, beginning with the 200 medley relay. The team of Caroline Weaver, Ferrell, Shulkin and Sumner placed 13th in the event in 1:44.74 while Leddy, Luick, Gregoire and Li took 14th in 1:44.75.
In the 800 free relay, Martin, Sumner, Hojan-Clark and Catherine Zagroba placed 10th with a combined time of 7:20.07.
Martin and Hojan-Clark were the only Crimson to reach the finals in an individual event, with both turning in NCAA B standard times in the process. Martin clocked in with a time of 2:01.39 to place 18th overall in the 200 IM, while Hojan-Clark placed 21st in the 500 free with a time of 4:47.04.
Harvard's top finishes came in the relay events beginning with a 12th-place showing in the 200 free relay. The team of Sumner, Anaya, Li and Gregoire combined for a time of 1:34.77. They were joined in the event by Ellie Johnson, Alicia Lightbourne, Martin and Fish who posted a time of 1:35.96 to place 14th.
The Crimson also turned in a pair of top-15 finishes in the 400 medley relay. Leddy, Lightbourne, Anaya and Gregoire turned in a time of 3:46.08 to take 14th, while Weaver, Luick, Schulkin and Sumner finished in 3:46.51 for 15th place.