No. 22 Women’s Swimming and Diving Aims for Ivy, ECAC Titles

No. 22 Women’s Swimming and Diving Aims for Ivy, ECAC Titles

Stephanie Wriede Morawski (center), The Costin Family Head Coach for Harvard Women's Swimming & Diving, address the team during Harvard's meet with Brown Jan. 19 (photo courtesy Rose Lincoln).

CAMBRIDGE, Mass.  The No. 22 Harvard women's swimming and diving team will compete in two championship meets this weekend with the goal of claiming a pair of titles. The Crimson will look for its second straight, and 11th overall, Ivy League championship meet crown when it travels to Princeton's Denuzio Pool Feb. 28-March 2, while hosting the ECAC meet March 1-March 3.

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Live Video
The Ivy League will provide live video streaming from each night session (no prelims). To access the broadcats page, click here.

Last Time Out (Results | Recap)
Harvard used large leads built on Friday and four victories on Saturday to cruise past Princeton, 199-99, and Yale, 209-89, en route to its 14th straight conference dual win and back-to-back Ivy League dual meet crowns. Stephanie Ferrell was the Crimson's leader on Saturday, picking up two individual wins, and Harvard also finished in at least the top three spots in two events. Ferrell ended up with three first-place showings during the meet, Kendall Crawford won two races overall and Harvard set six new program records.

In the Rankings
Harvard's success at HYP boosted the team into the Coaches poll for the first time this year. The Crimson come in at tied for 22nd, along with Florida State, in the final rankings of the season.

Related Link: NCAA Rankings

Last Year's Ivy Meet (Results | Recap)
Harvard captured the 10th Ivy League Championship in program history Feb. 25, 2012 in front of the home crowd at Blodgett Pool. The Crimson totaled 1,478.5 points, 168 points ahead of two-time defending champion Princeton which finished second with 1,310.5. Yale finished in third place (1,075.5) while Columbia (1057), Dartmouth (846.5), Penn (767), Brown (688.5) and Cornell (630.5) rounded things out. It was Harvard's third Ivy title under Stephanie Wriede Morawski, the Costin Family Head Coach for Harvard Women's Swimming and Diving. Harvard won a total of five events over the weekend, including two from then-freshman Kelsey Hojan Clark (1,000 free, 1,650 free). Megan Leddy '13 (200 back), Courtney Otto (400 IM) and the 800 free relay team of Catherine Zagroba, Sara Li, Otto and Faith Martin were also medalists at the meet.

Ivy League Lesson (Conference Page)
Harvard, Yale or Princeton has won at least a share of the Ivy League title in 25 of the last 27 years, including the Tigers or Crimson winning the last 13 crowns. Princeton has 10 championships in that 13-year span, but Harvard comes into the meet as the reigning Ivy League champion.

With its wins over Princeton (W, 209-89) and Yale (W, 199-99), the Crimson secured its second straight Ivy League dual meet title. Harvard also extended its string of consecutive victories over Ancient Eight opponents to 14 with its second straight undefeated season in conference duals. The team's last conference loss came against Princeton Jan. 28, 2011. 

Ivy Diving
Harvard has combined for 16 Ivy champions in the one-meter and three-meter diving events during the 36-year history of the meet. Only Princeton has won more, with 24 titles. The last Crimson diver to win the one-meter event was Sam Papadakis with a 297.15 in 2008; while Harvard's most recent three-meter champion came in 2006 when Alison Pipitone scored a 305.65.

The Relays
Princeton has won the most relay events of the four contested at the annual Ivy meet. The Tigers have combined for 54 medalist honors in the 400 free relay, 800 free relay, 200 medley relay and 400 medley relay. Harvard has 24 first-place showings in relays for the third-best total and Brown has won 28 relay races since the first meet in 1977. Last season, Harvard finished first in the 800-yard freestyle relay for the third time in four years as Catherine Zagroba '12, Sara Li, Courtney Otto and Faith Martin clocked in at 7:15.92.

Harvard's Finest
The Crimson has produced more Ivy champions than any other program in the 1,650 free, 400 IM, 200 back and 200 fly. Historically, Harvard's best event has been the 400 IM, which the Crimson has claimed 11 times. Harvard has won the event in the each of the last two meets, including Courtney Otto with a 4:10.22 last year and Kate Mills winning in 4:15.57 in 2011.

The Individual Ivy Swimming Events

50-Yard Freestyle
Meet Record: Megan Waters (Princeton, 2011), 22.36
2012 Winner: Lisa Boyce (Princeton), 22.45
2012-13 Top Three
1. Lisa Boyce (Princeton), 22.44
2. Sara Li (Harvard), 22.52
3. Alex Forrester (Yale), 22.61

100-Yard Freestyle
Meet Record: 48.66, Megan Waters (Princeton, 2011)
2012 Winner: 2012 -- Lisa Boyce (Princeton), 49.13
2012-13 Top Three
1. Alex Forrester (Yale), 49.12
2. Sara Li (Harvard), 49.32
3. Lisa Boyce (Princeton), 49.36

200-Yard Freestyle
Meet Record: Kate Mills (Harvard, 2009), 1:46.39
2012 Winner: Shelby Fortin (Penn), 1:47.27
2012-13 Top Three
1. Jillian Altenburger (Princeton), 1:47.71
2. Sara Li (Harvard), 1:47.96
3. Shelby Fortin (Penn), 1:48.43

500-Yard Freestyle
Meet Record: Alicia Aemisegger (Princeton, 2009), 4:38.96
2012 Winner: Shelby Fortin (Penn), 4:44.91
2012-13 Top Three
1. Sherry Liu (Harvard), 4:45.92
2. Eva Fabian (Yale), 4:47.42
3. Jillian Altenburger (Princeton), 4:49.57

1,650-Yard Freestyle
Meet Record: Alicia Aemisegger (Princeton, 2009), 15:57.34
2012 Winner: Kelsey Hojan Clark (Harvard), 16:29.90
2012-13 Top Three
1. Eva Fabian (Yale), 16:18.75
2. Shelby Fortin (Penn), 16:32.87
3. Casey Lincoln (Yale), 16:38.14

200-Yard IM
Meet Record: Katie Meili (Columbia, 2012), 1:57.38
2012 Winner: Katie Meili (Columbia, 2012), 1:57.38
2012-13 Top Three
1. Katie Meili (Columbia), 1:57.42
2. Courtney Otto (Harvard), 2:00.31
3. Sara Li (Harvard), 2:00.93

400-Yard IM
Meet Record: Alicia Aemisegger (Princeton, 2009), 4:06.15
2012 Winner: Courtney Otto (Harvard), 4:10.22
2012-13 Top Three
1. Courtney Otto (Harvard), 4:10.55
2. Katie Meili (Columbia), 4:16.62
3. Beverly Nguyen (Princeton), 4:18.58

100-Yard Backstroke
Meet Record: Lisa Boyce (Princeton, 2012), 52.96
2012 Winner: Lisa Boyce (Princeton), 53.54
2012-13 Top Three
1. Kendall Crawford (Harvard), 53.59
2. Sada Stewart (Princeton), 54.20
3. Lisa Boyce (Princeton), 54.33

200-Yard Backstroke
Meet Record: Meredith Monroe (Princeton, 2011), 1:56.08
2012 Winner: Meghan Leddy (Harvard), 1:57.26
2012-13 Top Three
1. Kendall Crawford (Harvard), 1:55.16
2. Sada Steward (Princeton), 1:56.73
3. Shirley Wang (Princeton), 1:58.33

100-Yard Butterfly
Meet Record: Alex Forrester (Yale, 2012), 52.51
2012 Winner: Alex Forrester (Yale), 52.53
2012-13 Top Three
1. Alex Forrester (Yale), 52.19
2. Lisa Boyce (Princeton), 53.47
3. Kendall Crawford (Harvard), 53.79

200-Yard Butterfly
Meet Record: Alex Forrester (Yale, 2010), 1:55.78
2012 Winner: Hayes Hyde (Yale), 1:57.65
2012-13 Top Three
1. Courtney Otto (Harvard), 1:56.24
2. Alex Forrester (Yale), 1:56.99
3. Beverly Nguyen (Princeton), 1:59.35

100-Yard Breaststroke
Meet Record: Katie Meili (Columbia), 0:59.64
2012 Winner: Katie Meili (Columbia), 0:59.64
2012-13 Top Three
1. Katie Meili (Columbia), 0:59.65
2. Briana Borgolini (Brown), 1:01.73
3. Stephanie Ferrell (Harvard), 1:02.56

200-Yard Breaststroke
Meet Record: Susan Kim (Yale), 2:09.37
2012 Winner: Katie Meili (Columbia), 2:10.40
2012-13 Top Three
1. Katie Meili (Columbia), 2:12.66
2. Briana Borgolini (Brown), 2:14.41
3. Stephanie Ferrell (Harvard), 2:15.34

The ECAC Meet
Teams Participating
Live Results
Harvard aims to improve on its second-place finish at last year's ECAC meet in Annapolis, Md., against a number of teams from along the east coast. Navy, which hosted the event last season, won the meet with 583 points, while Harvard and Marist tied for second at 529. The Crimson won three events at the meet, including Clare Foster in the 200 IM (2:06.27), Cassandra Corneau on the one-meter board (242.60) and Kristi Korsberg '12, Margaret Fish '12, Ellie Johnson and Alicia Lightbourne '12 in the 400 freestyle relay (3:29.68). For full meet information, click here.

Up Next
Harvard has the NCAA Diving Qualifier March 14-16 and the NCAA Championships March 21-23 left on its schedule.