CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Competing in its first event since Veteran's Day, the Harvard women's swimming and diving program prepares for a pair of invitationals beginning Wednesday. Swimmers will participate in the four-day Texas Invitational in Austin, Texas on Wednesday, Nov. 29, while divers will be in action at the three-day Georgia Invitational on Friday, Dec. 1.
Last Time Out
Harvard is coming off a dominating performance against Cornell on Nov. 11 where the Crimson took 14 of 16 events. Kristina Li, Meagan Popp, Mei Lynn Colby, and Mikaela Dahlke set the tone early finishing first in the 200-yard medley relay, touching the wall with a time of 1:44.55. In the 1000-yard freestyle, freshman Michelle Owens took first place with a time of 10:18.76, one second better than the Crimson's best time at Columbia. Freshman Ingrid Wall came two seconds shy of eclipsing Harvard's all-time record in the 100-yard breaststroke, finishing with a time of 1:03.62.
Scouting The Field
The 2017 Texas Invitational feature five nationally ranked programs, including No. 2 Texas. The Longhorns are coming off five straight wins, three include ranked programs. Amongst the other teams competing is, No. 8 Southern California, No. 19 Wisconsin, No. 22 Arizona, and No. 25 UCLA.
At the three-day, Georgia Invitational, beginning on Dec. 1, divers will compete against Auburn, Georgia, Michigan, and UCLA. Senior Jing Leung will also compete in the women's platform diving on Sunday, Dec. 3.
2017 NCAA Championships
Harvard sent two members to the NCAA swimming and diving competition in 2017. Swimmer Mikaela Dahlke represented the swimmers in her first year, while Jing Leung went to nationals for the third-straight year. Dahlke posted a personal-best in the 100-yard freestyle, touching the wall in 48.78 to place 36th. Amongst divers, Leung came in 32nd, 1.4 points shy of breaking into the top 30.
Harvard returns 10 of 11 swimmers and divers that earned All-Ivy honors last winter. Meagan Popp (Jr., 200 IM, 100 breast, 200 breast), Brittany Usinger (Jr., 100 butterfly, 200, butterfly), Mikaela Dahlke (So., 100 free, 200 free) Mikaela Thompson (Jr., 1-meter diving) and Jing Leung (Sr., 3-meter diving) all return for the Crimson. Each member of Harvard's 200 and 400 freestyle relay and 400 medley relay also return.
Harvard posted the eighth-highest GPA in 2016-2017 and was named a CSCAA Scholar All-America team with 11 members receiving Scholar All-America nods. To earn the honor, a student-athlete must earn a GPA of a 3.50 or above and achieve a 'B' cut as a swimmer or compete in the NCAA Championship.
Harvard announced the addition of 10 freshman to the squad for 2017-2018. The class of 2021 includes: Elizabeth Holmes, Daniela Liera, Georgina Milne, Michelle Owens, Cassandra, Pasadyn, Annabelle Paterson, Kennidy Quist, Allie Russell, Ingrid Wall and Jaycee Yegher.
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Harvard returns to the pool in the new year with a tri-meet with Penn and Brown in Providence, R.I. on Jan. 13, 2018 at noon.