CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Harvard women's swimming and diving team dropped its season opener to 17th-ranked Duke, 209-91, Saturday morning at Blodgett Pool. The Crimson fell to 0-1, while the Blue Devils, who were competing in their sixth dual meet of the campaign, improved to 5-1.
Harvard won four events on the day, taking first place in the 200-yard butterfly, 3-meter diving, 200-yard backstroke and 200-yard individual medley.
Miki Dahlke, who was in action for the first time since the 2019 NCAA Championships, won the 200 fly with an NCAA B-qualifying time of 1:58.85. Her effort propelled her into sixth in the Harvard record book.
First-year Felicia Pasadyn, meanwhile, was victorious in the 200 back, clocking in at 1:57.41, and the 200 IM, touching the pad in 2:01.29.
- The Crimson posted 15 top-3 finishes on the day, including six first- or second-place efforts.
- In addition to winning the 200 back and 200 IM, Felicia Pasadyn also swam the anchor leg on the third-place 200-yard medley relay (1:41.14) and finished fifth in the 200 free (1:49.08).
- Dahlke logged a third-place performance in the 500 free (4:53.52), while swimming the second leg on the 400 free relay (3rd place; 3:24.35).
- Lawrence surpassed the NCAA qualifying standard in the 1-meter diving event with 267.55 points. Her effort was good for third place in the 16-diver field.
- Kennidy Quist produced a runner-up finish in the 100-yard freestyle, posting a time of 50.29. The junior was one of three Crimson swimmers to finish in the top six (Mei Lynn Colby – 4th, 51.07; Darlene Fung – 6th, 51.91).
- Quist and Colby both recorded times of 23.41 in the 50 free to finish in tie for third place.
The Crimson returns to action on Friday, Nov. 15, when it clashes with Dartmouth and Cornell in Hanover, New Hampshire. Start time is scheduled for 3 p.m.