HONOLULU – The Harvard women's diving team began its 2019 competition season on Thursday at the Wally Nakamoto Hawai'i Diving Invitational. The Crimson sent eight divers to the nation's 50th state to compete against the Rainbow Wahine, Nebraska and Wisconsin.
First-year Esther Lawrence was the runner-up on the 1-meter board, totaling 259.50 points and finishing behind Nebraska's Sara Troyer (278.05 points). Senior tri-captain Mikaela Thompson, meanwhile, came in third place with 259.15 points.
Senior Katie Russ rounded out the top 10 with 240.15 points, giving Harvard three top-10 performers, tying them with Wisconsin and Hawai'i for most among the field. The Badgers occupied the No. 4, 8 and 9 spots, while the Rainbow Wahine had its divers finish in fifth, sixth and seventh place.
- First-year Morgane Herculano posted an 11th-place effort with a score of 239.15. Her effort marked the first time she has competed in the event in 2018-19.
- Junior Megan Galbreath set a season-best on the 1-meter board, earning 218.85 points, which was good for 15th place. Her previous best was 216.15 points established vs. Columbia.
- Harvard had six divers finish among the top 15 in the field, easily outdistancing the next-closest opponent, Hawai'i, which had four.
Harvard will continue action at the Wally Nakamoto Hawai'i Diving Invitational on Friday at 3:30 p.m. ET/10:30 a.m. HT with the 3-meter competition.