BLACKSBURG, Va. -- The seven swimmers representing the Harvard women's swimming and diving team fared well, as the Crimson competed in six events, coming away with four top-five finishes on day one of the Virginia Tech Invitational.
In the opening event of the evening, the 200 freestyle, senior Paige Newell clipped 1.2 seconds off her preliminary time to capture 10th place in the event, her last 200 free as a member of the Crimson. Freshman Margaret Chory knocked off more than a second off her prelim time in the 100 backstroke, eventually swimming a season-best time of 56.80 in the 100 back to claim second place.
For her part, senior Kyle Kreuger took home fourth place in the 100 breaststroke, touching the wall in 1:06.91, followed by a similarly sure performance from Shori Hijikata in the 100 butterfly. The sophomore Crimson clocked just ahead of Chory and Summer Schmitt, who captured first and third in the even's consolation.
In the 500 freestyle, Daniela Suarez-Rebling knocked an incredible seven seconds off her prelim time to claim third place overall, swimming the finals in 5:06.38.
Harvard's swimmers will be back between the lanes on Sunday beginning at 10 a.m. for the final day of the VT Invite.