Women's Swimming and Diving Opens H-Y-P With Lead Over Yale

Women's Swimming and Diving Opens H-Y-P With Lead Over Yale

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – After the first day of the annual H-Y-P meet, the Harvard women's swimming and diving team sits eight points ahead of Yale, while trails Princeton, 84-66 on Saturday afternoon.

Harvard came out of the gate strong, sweeping the top two spots of the 200 medley relay. The Crimson A-squad of Mei Lynn Colby, Ingrid Wall, Brittany Usinger, and Jerrica Li finished first posting a time of 1:39.78 to break the previous Blodgett Pool record of 1:40.34.

Cassandra Pasadyn, Allie Russell, Chloe Close, and Holly Christensen followed-up with a time of 1:42.32, while the quartet of Kristina Li, Jaycee Yegher, Valerie Yoshimura, and Kennidy Quist was right behind at 1:42.89.

Colby finished first in the 100 yard backstroke, touching the wall with a time of 55.09 - .15 seconds ahead of Princeton's Stephanie Nelson. Pasadyn and Li finished sixth and seventh for the Crimson, recording times of 55.74 and 55.80, respectively.

In the 50 freestyle, Colby posted a third-place finish touching the wall with a time of 23.14, seven-tenths of second behind Yale's Bella Hindley, who broke the Blodgett Pool record in the event with a time of 22.43. 

Senior Hannah Allchurch led Harvard divers with a first-place finish in the three-meter dive, posting a score of 316.60. Junior Mikaela Thompson finished second with a score of, 297.00.

The women concluded the first day of H-Y-P with the 400 individual medley exhibition. Freshman Michelle Owens recorded the best time for the Crimson, touching the wall at 4:26.14, while classmate Elizabeth Holmes was right behind with time of 4:29.34.

What's Next
Harvard returns to Blodgett Pool for day two of the H-Y-P meet tomorrow at noon with the 100 freestyle. The meet will be broadcast on the Ivy League Network.