The Crimson look to continue HYP Saturday at 12 p.m. (Gil Talbot)
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – After one day of the annual HYP meet – one which carries significant weight for the Ivy League dual crown this season – the Harvard women's swimming and diving team finds itself up on Yale, 95-55, but trailing Princeton, 77-73, through eight scored events.
The Crimson put together four wins on the evening, the most of any of the three squads, thanks to victories from the 200 medley relay, Margaret Ramsey in the 200 free, Danielle Lee in the 100 back and Stephanie Ferrell in the 100 breaststroke.
Harvard divers fared well on the boards as well, as the freshmen duo of Jing Leung and Hannah Allchurch collected second and third, respectively on the 3-meter dive. Leung was just edged by Princeton's Caitlin Chambers, scoring 314.40 combined, right in front of Allchurch who totaled 305.85.
The Crimson proved its depth much of the day, starting with two of the top-3 finishes in the 200 medley relay. Lee, Ferrell, Daniela Johnson and Victoria Chan were just over a second off the pool record in the first heat of the day, clocking in at 1:43.38 to pace the field. In third came swimming Kristina Li, Katie Evans, Kendall Crawford and Gabby Sims, just two second behind.
Li also helped out in the points race with her second place finish in the 100 back. The freshman finished just under a second behind Lee, who swam to a pole position in 54.78. The Crimson wrapped up the evening with an exhibition win in the 400 IM, one in which Ashlee Korsberg led the charge. The sophomore touched the wall first in 4:26.60 ahead of the pack.
The Crimson returns between the lanes tomorrow to wrap up the dual season and HYP on Senior Day at noon in Blodgett.