PROVIDENCE, R.I. – After the first day of the 2014 Ivy League Women's Swimming and Diving Championships, Harvard holds second place by a wide margin, thanks to great heats between the lanes – including a school-record setting 200 freestyle relay – and dives off the boards.
"We had an outstanding night of racing," said Stephanie Wriede Morawski, the Costin Family Head Coach for Harvard Women's Swimming and Diving, said.
With 424 points, the Crimson trail Princeton by a mere 17 points heading into Day 2. Behind Harvard sits Yale (351), Columbia (244), Penn (243), Brown (191), Cornell (180) and Dartmouth (158) to round out the Ancient Eight.
"Everyone moved up in their placings, and we unexpectedly finished a strong second in both relays. Our divers really stepped up, too."
Across the board, the Crimson would need to step up in crucial spots for various reasons.
"Our attitude is that we have nothing to lose. We have two people injured, and one who had the flu last week, who aren't racing. It just puts more emphasis on our depth to really up their game," Morawski said.
The 200 free relay unit of Victoria Chan, Deirdre Clute, Daniela Johnson and Sara Li took down the now three-year old program record, hustling to a second place finish. The Crimson quartet touched the wall in 1:31.08, over a second faster than the previous record set during the 2011 Ivy League Championships.
To wrap up the evening, Harvard posted another stellar relay time. The 400 medley relay foursome nearly toppled another Harvard program record, but the Crimson still took second place with the lightning finish. Danielle Lee, Stephanie Ferrell, Chan and Li combined for a pool-record setting swim of 3:38.69 to close out a successful day in the pool. In the process, Lee set the school record for the 100 backstroke, knocking down her leadoff time to an incredible 52.70.
Another great showing for Harvard came from Chan, Lee and Clute in the 50 freestyle. Into the finals, Chan swam blazingly fast and grabbed a second place finish, swimming an NCAA 'B' cut time of 22.81. Behind her, Li posted a 23.24 split in the speedy event, taking home sixth. A senior co-captain, Clute set a personal best mark in the B Final, swimming the event in 23.17 for a ninth-place finish.
After both Sherry Liu (4:49.15) and Ashlee Korsberg (4:49.30) finished third and fourth, respectively, in the prelims of the 500 freestyle, the Crimson duo smashed their initial times to finish the same spots in the finals. Liu clocked in at 4:45.74, while Korsberg followed closely with her 4:46.29. In the consolations of the 500, Margaret Ramsey and Marlee Ehrlich took fourth and fifth in to help the Crimson along.
Ferrell and Faith Martin continued the Crimson's streak, taking first and second, respectively, in the 200IM consolation event. Ferrell posted a 2:01.55 in the heat, while Martin touched the wall in 2:02.04.
On the boards, Elina Leiviska represented Harvard well in her first-ever Ivy Championships. The freshman entered finished both the prelims and finals in second place with an outstanding performance on the 1-meter. She tallied a combined score of 288.45 to earn 28 points for the Crimson.
Senior Alex Stanton, diving in her last Ivies, grabbed a fourth place finish and 26 points, combining dives for a more-than-respectable 262.40. Schuyler Moore (255.25) and Cassandra Corneau (250.60) also represented Harvard on the 1-meter, giving the Crimson the most divers in the final event. Brittany Wang stole first in the consolation B Final, adding 10 points to her prelim effort, finshing with a combined score of 246.95.
Harvard returns to the pool Friday at 11 a.m. to begin Session 4 on Day 2 in Providence. Finals on Friday are scheduled for 4:30 p.m.