PRINCETON, N.J. – The Harvard Women's Swimming and Diving team increased its lead on Friday and remained in first place after three days of action at the Ivy League Championships. The defending champions will look to capture on Saturday its fourth Ivy title in the last six seasons.
The Crimson, which led by 31 points entering today's competition, has accumulated 988 points. Yale sits in second place at 931.50, and is followed by third-place Princeton (794) and fourth-place Brown (639.50). Penn (552.50), Dartmouth (494), Columbia (459.50) and Cornell (363) round out the standings.
After winning the 500-yard freestyle on Thursday, Miki Dahlke continued her winning ways on Friday in the 100 butterfly. The junior posted the fastest time this season by any Harvard swimmer and logged an NCAA B-standard in the process, finishing the prelim in 52.45. Then in the night session, Dahlke secured her spot on the top pedestal with a winning 100-fly time of 52.52.
Similar to Dahlke, Samantha Shelton tasted victory for a second straight day after emerging triumphant in the 200 free. The first-year, who won the 200 individual medley on Thursday, turned in an NCAA B-standard effort in the prelims (1:46.01) and then returned to win the 200 final by completing the event in a season-best 1:45.15. Her championship performance ranks second all-time in program history.
Helena Moreno, Michelle Owens and Mei Lynn Colby, meanwhile, all put forth runner-up efforts in their respective events. Moreno notched a season best and the sixth-best time in school history with her 9:50.54 in the 1,000 free. Owens recorded the fifth-fastest performance in Harvard history when she finished the 400 IM in 4:14.90, and Colby completed the 100 back in 54.02, the fastest by any Crimson swimmer in 2018-19.
- Harvard's 400 medley relay team of Colby, Jaycee Yegher, Dahlke and Shelton came in second place with a time of 3:38.58. The performance was the third-fastest in program history.
- Owens' 4:14.90 in the 400 individual medley was an NCAA qualifying B-standard.
- Yegher posted identical times in the preliminary and the final of the 100 breaststroke (season-best 1:02.19).
- Brittany Usinger's prelim effort in the 100 fly (53.60) was an NCAA qualifying B-standard.
- Mikaela Thompson turned in the second-best preliminary score on the 3-meter board, totaling 289.40 points, good for an NCAA qualifying score. Katie Russ (272.85) and Georgina Milne (season-best 271.45) came in fourth and fifth place, respectively. The finals will be contested on Saturday.
Harvard will begin final-day action at the Ivy League Championships tomorrow, starting at 11 a.m. with the prelims and followed by the finals at 6 p.m. Both sessions will air on ESPN+.