CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Harvard women's swimming and diving returned to action for the first time since the middle of January and was led by Mikaela Thompson on the first day of the annual H-Y-P meet at Blodgett Pool.
A senior from Weston, Thompson won the 3-meter diving competition with a season-best score of 318.65. The effort was the top performance by any Harvard diver this season and easily surpassed the NCAA Qualifying Standard (280 points). The Crimson, in fact, took three of the top four positions, with first-years Esther Lawrence (291.25) and Morgane Herculano (279.65) finishing in third and fourth place, respectively.
Harvard had a strong showing in the 100-yard backstroke, taking two of the top three slots. Sophomore Casandra Pasadyn was the runner-up, posting a season-best time of 55.71, while junior Mei Lynn Colby finished in third place. Colby also recorded a season best, completing the race in 55.96.
The Crimson enters the second and final day of the H-Y-P meet leading Princeton, 102-48, but trailing Yale, 95.5-54.5. The Bulldogs, meanwhile, will carry a 101-49 lead over Princeton into Saturday's action.
- In addition to Thompson, Lawrence surpassed the NCAA Qualifying Standard with her score of 291.25.
- First-year Liz Boyer came in second place with a 100-yard breaststroke time of 1:03.36. It was Boyer's top time of the season by more than one second as her previous best was 1:04.78.
- Chloe Close posted her top time of the campaign in the 50-yard freestyle (23.68). The junior finished in third place just behind teammate and runner-up Colby (23.47).
- The 200-yard medley relay team of Colby, Ingrid Wall, Brittany Usinger and Kennidy Quist recorded Harvard's second-fastest time of the season, clocking in at 1:43.24, which was good for third place.
Harvard returns to Blodgett Pool on Saturday to wrap up the H-Y-P meet. The action will get underway at noon and will air on ESPN+.