AUSTIN, Texas – The Harvard women's swim team opened the first day of the Hall of Fame Invitational by competing in the 800-yard freestyle relay. It was the only event contested at a meet that is set to run through Saturday night.
The Crimson quartet of Sonia Wang, Samantha Shelton, Helena Moreno and Miki Dahlke finished in seventh place with a time of 7:09.84. It marked the first time Harvard competed in the race this season despite already going head-to-head in a triple-dual at Cornell with Dartmouth and in a dual-meet vs. Columbia.
Harvard also had two other foursomes race in the event. Meagan Popp, Mikki Thompson, Michelle Owens and Claire Pinson turned in a time of 7:20.11 to come in 11th place. Brittany Usinger, Matti Harrison, Liz Boyer and Valerie Yoshimura, meanwhile, finished in 7:23.97, which was the field's 13th-best time.
- The group of Wang-Shelton-Moreno-Dahlke raced together for the first time this season. It was Wang's first relay of the 2018-19 campaign.
- The time of 7:09.84 recorded by Wang-Shelton-Moreno-Dahlke was just over a second shy of tying the program record of 7:08.37, accomplished in 2017 by Dahlke, Geordie Enoch, Popp and Daniela Johnson.
Harvard continues Hall of Fame Invitational action tomorrow morning at 11 a.m. ET/10 a.m. CT. First up will be the preliminary round of the 500-yard freestyle.