AUSTIN, Texas and ATHENS, Ga. – The Harvard women's swimming and diving team put in another full day's worth of action across two meets in two different states on Friday. The swimmers were at the Hall of Fame Invitational in Austin, Texas, while the divers were at the Georgia Fall Invitational in Athens, Ga.
The Crimson had a pair of swimmers earn NCAA Qualifying B Standards in back-to-back preliminary races during the morning session. Miki Dahlke posted the program's fastest time of the year in the 100-yard butterfly, completing the competition in 53.64. Then Samantha Shelton duplicated the effort in the 200 freestyle with a time of 1:46.45, which was also Harvard's best mark of 2018-19.
When the finals arrived after nightfall, Shelton, who earned a spot in the A-final, posted the eighth-fastest time in the 200 free (1:47.96), with Dahlke coming in third place in the B-final with an NCAA Qualifying B Standard time of 1:46.96. Dahlke also placed fourth in the 100 fly B-final (53.77).
In Athens, Mikaela Thompson delivered a sixth-place finish in the 1-meter diving event with a 235.50 final score. Earlier in the day, Thompson surpassed the NCAA qualifying standard with a prelim score of 272.35, which was good for fourth place at the meet.
- Sonia Wang competed for the first time this season in the 100 backstroke and did not disappoint. She posted Harvard's top prelim time in the event (54.17) and then went on to win the B-final in 54.06, which was the Crimson's fastest time of the campaign.
- Mikki Thompson won her B-final in the 400-yard individual medley with a time of 4:17.98. The effort was nearly four seconds better than her prelim performance (4:21.42).
- Shelton, Jaycee Yegher, Dahlke and Ingrid Wall produced Harvard's best time of the season in the 200-yard medley relay (1:42.93).
Harvard continues Hall of Fame and Georgia Fall Invitational action tomorrow. Final-day action at both venues is set to start at 11 a.m. ET. The Longhorn Network will carry the finals in Austin.