NEW YORK – The Harvard women's swimming and diving team was dominant against Columbia, winning nine of 11 events to open the 2017-2018 season on Sunday.
"It was a great meet," says The Costin Family Head Coach for Women's Swimming and Diving, Stephanie Wriede Morawski '92. "The athletes focused on the process – their race plans and dive techniques. The goal was to race Columbia without losing focus on their individual plan, which for the most part they did. It was a strong start to our season."
Harvard came out of the gate strong in the 200-yard medley relay. Mei Lynn Colby, Ingrid Wall, Brittany Usinger, and Jerrica Li was the first of four Crimson relay squads to touch the wall, finishing in 1:42.52. The Crimson relay team of Cassandra Pasadyn, Jaycee Yegher, Miki Dahlke, and Kennidy Quist finished third, just seven tenths of a second behind on of Columbia's squads.
In the 1000-yard freestyle, Harvard took the first four spots, led by sophomore Matti Harrison, who finished with a time of 10:19.35. Right behind her was senior Regan Kology finishing in 10:24.39, while freshman Annabelle Paterson was on her tail, touching the wall in 10:28.99. Junior Sonia Wang rounded out the top four with a time of 10:42.99.
Colby and junior Brittany Usinger kept the wins coming for Harvard in the 50-yard freestyle and 200-yard butterfly, respectively. Colby edged out Columbia's Mary Ashby in the 50-yard butterfly, while Usinger beat out the Lions' Jessica He by, a slim, 0.11 margin.
Swimming in her first collegiate meet, Quist earned first-place in the 500-yard freestyle. Quist edged out, teammate junior Meagan Popp by a 0.35 margin, finishing with a time of 5:01.30. Senior Kristina Li also came in first place for Crimson swimmers, finishing with a time of 2:00.69 in the 200-yard backstroke.
Harvard divers dominated the boards, sweeping the top three spots in both the one-meter and three-meter dives. Senior Jing Leung took first place in the three-meter with 299.47 points, while juniors Katie Russ, and Mikaela Thompson were right behind with 286.81 and 282.90 points, respectively.
Harvard returns to the pool on Saturday, Nov. 11, hosting Cornell at Blodgett Pool at 10 a.m.