Women’s Swimming and Diving Downs Columbia in Home Opener

Brittany Usinger and the Crimson split its double-dual meet against UCLA and San Diego.
Brittany Usinger and the Crimson split its double-dual meet against UCLA and San Diego.
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Complete Results

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Harvard women's swimming and diving team opened its home slate on Friday morning and produced a 192-103 victory over Columbia. The decision improved the Crimson's record to 3-0 overall (3-0 Ivy League), while the Lions fell to 2-2 (1-2 Ivy League).

Harvard won 13 events on the day and had a quartet of swimmers in Mei Lynn Colby, Brittany Usinger, Sonia Wang and Jaycee Yegher win two events apiece.

Colby was victorious in the sprints, posting the top time in the 50-yard freestyle (season-best 24.15) and the 100 version of the event (52.20). Usinger finished ahead of the pack in the 100 back with a time of 56.80, and then followed it with a 54.99 season-best performance in the 100 fly. Wang, meanwhile, cleaned up in the 200 fly (2:02.65) and the 200 back (2:02.41), and Yegher emerged from the meet with first-place efforts in the 100 breast (1:05.17) and the 200 breast (2:20.39).

In the diving events, Mikki Thompson led Harvard to victory on the 1-meter board, earning 310.80 points. Finishing in second and third, respectively, were Esther Lawrence (273.83) and Katie Russ (269.85). All three qualified for the NCAA Zone A Diving Championships in the event.

Lawrence later won the 3-meter event with 296.18 points and was followed by Mikaela Thompson in second place (260.25). Lawrence also qualified for the Zone A meet as a result of her performance.

Harvard Highlights

  • Miki Dahlke picked up nine points for Harvard after she won the 200 free in 1:51.41. The victory was her first of the season in the event and marked a season best.
  • Marcella Rupert-Gomez won the first individual event of the morning – the 1,000-yard freestyle – to help the Crimson start off on the right foot. The first-year completed the race in 10:19.78, and represented her second win of the season in the event.
  • Helena Moreno finished atop the leaderboard at the conclusion of the 500 free. The first-year shaved nearly six seconds off her time from last week's season opener, posting a mark of 5:00.59.
  • Harvard recorded the fastest time in the 200 free relay, but the performance was exhibitioned. The Crimson quartet of Ingrid Wall, Colby, Moreno and Dahlke combined for a time of 1:36.59.
  • The Crimson improved to 33-1 all-time vs. Columbia and has never dropped a home meet against the Lions in 19 tries.

Next Up

Harvard will return to action after the Thanksgiving holiday when it splits its squad. The swimmers will head to the Hall of Fame Invitational in Austin, Texas (Nov. 28-Dec. 1), while the divers travel to Athens, Ga., for the Georgia Fall Invitational (Nov. 29-Dec. 1).