AUSTIN, Texas and ATHENS, Ga. – The Harvard women's swimming and diving team completed a busy Thursday that saw the swimmers compete at the Hall of Fame Invitational in Austin, Texas and the divers at the Georgia Fall Invitational in Athens, Ga.
The day started with Helena Moreno finishing the 500-yard freestyle prelims with an NCAA Qualifying B Standard time of 4:46.56. The effort was a season best and the seventh-fastest mark in program history. She was joined in the final by Miki Dahlke (4:47.21), Matti Harrison (4:50.85), Michelle Owens (4:53.02), Marcella Ruppert-Gomez (4:51.57) and Claire Pinson (4:57.01). Of the group, Dahlke fared the best in the championship rounds, coming in second place in the B-final (4:45.45) and posting an NCAA Qualifying B Standard.
Sonia Wang was the top performer in the 200 individual medley. The senior first recorded Harvard's top time this season with 1:59.67 showing in the prelims and then followed it with an even better 1:59.19, good for third place in the B-final. Both times were B Qualifying Standards. Samantha Shelton also hit the B Standard in the final when she was the runner-up in the C-final after completing the race in a season-best 1:58.56.
The final prelim of the day was the 50 freestyle and Harvard had six swimmers move on to the finals. Dahlke served up the Crimson's top time of the season by clocking in at 23.15, with Ingrid Wall not far behind at 23.37. Dahlke did not participate in the finals, but Wall did, placing eighth in the C-final with a time of 23.55. Additionally, Valerie Yoshimura, Holly Christensen and Cassandra Pasadyn all recorded season bests in their respective finals.
In the finals of the 200 free relay, the quartet of Dahlke, Mei Lynn Colby, Shelton and Wall produced the Crimson's best time of the season (1:32.36), which was good for eighth place amongst all the entrants.
The final competition of the day was the 400 medley relay and it marked the first time the Crimson raced in the event this season. Matti Harrison, Jaycee Yegher, Pasadyn and Pinson posted the team's top time, finishing in 3:49.17.
While the swimmers were in Texas, the divers were competing in the preliminaries of the 3-meter diving event. Mikaela Thompson finished in third place with an NCAA qualifying score and season-best effort of 290.50. Esther Lawrence posted the field's fifth-best performance (264.80) with Georgina Milne also recording a top-10 score (249.75; 9th).
The divers came back in the evening for the finals and Lawrence came in fifth place with 270.95 points, three spots ahead of Thompson (240.80). Milne held steady, duplicating her ninth-place performance from the prelims, but posted a better score, checking in a 268.00.
- Harvard produced 17 season bests in the preliminaries of the Hall of Fame Invitational.
- Brittany Usinger, Chloe Close, Christensen and Yoshimura recorded a 200 free time (1:34.46) that was faster than Harvard's top time (1:36.59) coming into the meet.
- Megan Galbreath narrowly missed out on a top-10 performance in the 3-meter diving prelims. The junior posted a season-best score of 238.85, which was good for 11th place.
Harvard continues Hall of Fame and Georgia Fall Invitational action tomorrow. The action at both venues is set to start at 11 a.m. ET.