Harvard Leads After Two Days at Women's Swimming & Diving Championships
PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- Capping the night off with a win in the 800 freestyle relay, Harvard holds the lead heading into Saturday's final day of action at the Ivy League Women's Swimming Championships.
Harvard has 952 points to lead, 28 points better than Princeton's 924. Yale is third with 739, followed by Columbia, Penn, Brown, Cornell and Dartmouth.
The second night of action began with a thrilling 200 medley relay. Princeton, which began the night with a 17-point lead in the team standings, edged Columbia by eight one-hundreaths of a second, while Harvard was third.
A strong showing in the 1,000, however, gave the Crimson the lead. Sherry Liu won the final heat in 9:43.53, the fourth-fastest in Ivy League Championship history. The Crimson had four in the top 10 over four heats to score big in the event - 99 points with those four swimmers alone - and take a 49-point lead over the Tigers for the time-being.
Yale's Emma Smith won the 400 IM with a strong final length of the pool. She touched the wall in 4:15.17 after a final length of 28.96. Beverly Nguyen's second-place finish in the event helped Princeton shave a few points off the Harvard lead.
The Tigers regained the lead by the slimmest of margins, though, with a 1-2 finish in the 100 butterfly. Nikki Larson and Morgan Karetnick touched the wall in 53.11 and 53.90, respectively, to give Princeton a one-point lead.
Penn's Shelby Fortin won the 200 freestyle in 1:45.69, setting the first Ivy League Championship meet record of the weekend. It was the third time she has won that title in her illustrious career.
The Crimson stretched the lead a little more in the 100 breaststroke. Columbia's Mikaila Gaffey earned the Ivy title with a time of 1:01.05 while the Crimson's Stephanie Ferrell placed fourth in the event as the see-sawing of the lead swung back in favor of Harvard.
In the closest race of the night, the Crimson's Danielle Lee edged Princeton's Lisa Boyce for the 100 back final. Lee touched in 52.83, two one-hundreaths of a second ahead of Boyce, who had won the title three years in a row. Lee's time was also an Ivy League Championships record.
To close the night out, the Crimson held off a pair of charges by Columbia and Princeton and, with Liu swimming the anchor leg, won the relay in a time of 7:15.07.
Saturday's final day of action gets underway at 11 am with preliminary events. The Ivy League Digital Network will have live coverage throughout the day.