Women's Swimming and Diving Dominates at Columbia to Open Season

Women's Swimming and Diving Dominates at Columbia to Open Season

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.

The fastest time of the 400-freestyle relay for the Crimson came from the quartet of Jerrica Li, Usinger, Holly Christenson, and Gabby Sims, 1:36.36, but was posted during an exhibition heat.

Harvard returns to the pool on Saturday, Nov. 11, hosting Cornell at Blodgett Pool at 10 a.m.