Women’s Swimming and Diving Welcomes Columbia to Blodgett Pool

Mei Lynn Colby and the Crimson play host to Columbia on Friday (courtesy Aringo).
Mei Lynn Colby and the Crimson play host to Columbia on Friday (courtesy Aringo).
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CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Harvard women's swimming and diving team is set to play host to Ivy League foe Columbia on Friday at 11 a.m. at Blodgett Pool. The meet is the first of three home dates for the 2018-19 campaign.

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What to Know

  • Harvard opens its home schedule after beginning its season on the road last week in Ithaca, N.Y., where it defeated Cornell (198-102) and Dartmouth (186-114). Mikaela Thompson '19 won both the 1- and 3-meter diving events, and qualified for the NCAA Zone A Diving Championships on the 1-meter board.
  • Harvard is looking to build upon its strong showing in its season opener when it won eight events and came in either first or second place in 14 of the meet's 16 events.
  • The Crimson is welcoming a Columbia program that it has enjoyed much success against, having gone 32-1 in a series that dates to the 1985-86 campaign.
  • Harvard is unbeaten in 18 home meets vs. Columbia. The Crimson earned a 173-122 victory in 2016-17, which was the last time the two schools met at Blodgett.
  • A season ago, Harvard posted a 150.5-87.5 road decision vs. the Lions.
  • Columbia is 2-1 on the year and 1-1 against Ivy League competition. The Lions fell to Yale on the road Friday night, 205-90.

At The Helm

Stephanie Wriede Morawski '92 started her 22nd season as The Costin Family Head Coach for Harvard Women's Swimming and Diving with a bang last week with a sweep of Cornell and Dartmouth. The Crimson have swept the Big Red and Big Green in a triple-dual meet all 21 times under Wriede Morawski.

Next Up

Harvard will split its squad the next time it is in action. The Crimson swimmers will travel to Austin, Texas, to compete at the Hall of Fame Invitational (Nov. 28-Dec. 1). The Harvard divers, meanwhile, will travel to Athens, Ga., to participate at the Georgia Fall Invitational (Nov. 29-Dec. 1).