Trip South Ends With Victory Over Miami for Women’s Swimming and Diving

Liu won the 500-yard freestyle by over five seconds with a time of 4:57.73 (photo Kevin Burns).

 The Harvard women's swimming and diving team ended its nine-day journey south with a 175-86 win over Atlantic Coast Conference foe Miami Friday afternoon. The Crimson had spent the previous eight days in Puerto Rico for training before heading to Miami.

The Crimson wasted little time grabbing an early lead, as the squad won three of the first four events, on its way to victory in 11 of the 14 races on the day. Harvard had three individuals post two wins with junior Sara Li, sophomore Courtney Otto and freshman Kendall Crawford each winning a pair of events. Freshman Sherry Liu also claimed a win and a second-place finish, while senior Caroline Weaver was the runner up to a fellow Crimson swimmer in two races.

Harvard grabbed its first win of the day in the second race, the 400 IM, as sophomore Faith Martin swam the event in 4:26.33. The Crimson went 1-2-3 in the results with freshman Connie Hsu (4:27.10) and sophomore Kelsey Hojan-Clark (4:30.94) also touching the wall before any Hurricane swimmers.

The Crimson win started a run of three straight individual victories with Otto (1:52.55) edging Liu (1:52.91) in the 200 freestyle and Crawford (56.27) topping Weaver (57.12) in the 100 backstroke.

After Stephanie Ferrell and Mackenzie Luick finished in second and third, respectively, behind Miami's Sofia Johansson in the 100 breaststroke, the Crimson won the next six races to coast to victory.

Otto easily notched a win in the 200 butterfly with a time of 2:00.41, ahead of Miami's Lucy Worrall at 2:02.02, and Sara Li followed with a two sprint victories. Li put up a 23.63 in the 50 freestyle, 0.33 seconds ahead of Celeste Degen of Miami, and a 51.07 in the 100 freestyle.

Harvard went on to earn at least the top two spots in the next three events of the afternoon. Freshman Danielle Lee (1:59.87) clipped senior Caroline Weaver (2:01.98) in the 200 back, Ferrell (2:19.35) dominated the 200 breaststroke in which Luick was second (2:24.69) and the Crimson had the three best swimmers in the 500 freestyle. In the longest swim of the day, Liu (4:57.73) beat freshman Marlee Ehrlich (5:03.36) and junior Deirdre Clute (5:15.45).

Crawford won her second event of the day, the 200 IM, in 2:06.48 and Harvard also went 1-2 in the 400 freestyle relay to cap the day. Li, Lee, Liu and Martin made up Harvard's first-place 400 free relay team (3:28.37) and senior Ellie Johnson, Clute, freshman Margaret Ramsey and Weaver came in second (3:34.11).

The Crimson travels to Providence, R.I., next weekend for a tri-meet against Brown and Penn. Harvard will put its 10 consecutive wins in Ivy League action on the line versus the Bears and Quakers.