Georgia Meets, Swimming and Diving Vies in Texas


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Prior this week, both the people’s swimming groups went out to Austin, Texas for the Hall of Fame Invitational and the plunging groups to Athens, Ga., for the Georgia Fall Invitational.

“The Texas meet is a chance to truly suit up to perceive how we’ve advanced up to the middle of the season,” senior Grant Goddard said. “All the best swimming schools are there so it’s great to swim against them to see where we are.”

Starting on Wednesday night, the men’s swim group handled a group of sophomore Levente Bathory, first year recruit Andrew Acosta, junior Raphael Marcoux, and junior Zach Snyder in the 800-yard free-form hand-off. Putting eleventh with a period of 6:40.89, Harvard contended in the occasion out of the blue this season.

Thursday opened up with conclusive qualifying times in the 500-yard free-form posted by senior Brennan Novak, Snyder, and senior Gavin Springer. With times of 4:19.11, 4:26.36, and 4:29.23, individually, every one of the three swimmers indented season-best occasions.

In the 200-yard singular variety, Harvard had junior Daniel Chang and senior Daniel Tran both fit the bill for the finals. In the titles rounds, Chang vanquished the encompassing rivalry in the C-last with a season-best time of 1:46.66, subsequently meeting all requirements for the NCAA B Standard. Tran completed the D-Final in 1:49.43 which gave him a third place complete among the eight racers.

Shutting Thursday’s opening session, junior Dean Farris indented the third quickest time in the primer rounds of the 50 free-form at 19.49. This was the first run through this season a Harvard swimmer broke 20 seconds in the occasion.

The night finished with a progression of transfers, with the group of four of Farris, Marcoux, Goddard, and sophomore Mahlon Reihman coming in at fifth with a period of 1:19.80 in the 200 free-form hand-off. Soon after was the 400 variety transfer in which Farris, Chang, Marcoux, and Reihman completed seventh with a period of 3:10.38.

On Friday, Farris met all requirements for two NCAA B Standards in the 200 free with a season best time of 1:33.53 and an in front of the pack complete in the 100 back with a period of 45.26. Presently, the Atlanta local holds the best multiple times in the 100 back in program history.

Daniel Chang emulated Farris’ example with an extra B Standard capability in the 400 yard singular mixture, posting a period of 3:51.56. The men’s group meet finished with both Novak and Snyder setting up NCAA B Standard qualifying times of 15:02.72 and 15:23.99, separately, in the 1,650 yard free-form on Saturday.

“We had an extremely solid appearing,” Goddard remarked. “Normally when we go to Texas, a considerable measure of the folks go to get their NCAA slices to meet all requirements for the NCAA titles in March. I was truly inspired with what we outed there — a considerable measure of the occasions that folks were getting were top occasions in the Ivy Leagues.”

In Athens, Georgia, the men’s jump group had sophomore Alec DeCaprio acquiring a season-best and NCAA Qualifying Standard 307.10 focuses to come in 6th place in the 1-meter board. Sophomore Hal Watts followed in eighth with 271.30 focuses. The following day, Watts was Harvard’s best entertainer, completing seventh in the 3-meter board with 301.85 focuses.

For the ladies’ swim group, the Harvard group of four of senior Sonia Wang, rookie Samantha Shelton, first year recruit Helena Moreno, and junior Miki Dahlke completed in seventh place with a period of 7:09.84 in the 800-yard free-form transfer. Foursomes of senior Meagan Popp, first year recruit Mikki Thompson, sophomore Michelle Owens, and senior Claire Pinson and senior Brittany Usinger, junior Matti Harrison, green bean Liz Boyer, and senior Valerie Yoshimura completed the night with times of 7:20.11 and 7:23.97, separately.

“The first year recruits are swimming incredibly,” said tri-chief Meagan Popp. “It’s great seeing our green bean adjusting to the school framework and extremely flourishing.”

On Thursday, Dahlke came in second place of the B-last of the 500-yard free-form with a NCAA Qualifying B Standard time of 4:45.45. In the mean time, Wang recorded Harvard’s best time in the 200 individual mixture with a B standard time and third place complete of 1:59.19.

The night finished with the group of four of Dahlke, junior Mei Lynn Colby, Shelton, and sophomore Ingrid Wall creating a season best time of 1:32.36 in the 200 free transfer and the group of four of Harrison, sophomore Jaycee Yegher, sophomore Cassandra Pasadyn, and Pinson posting a 3:49.17 complete in the 400 variety hand-off.

On Friday, Dahlke posted Harvard’s quickest time in the 100 yard butterfly with a B Standard time of 53.64. Shelton copied this in the 200 free-form with a 1:46.45. In the finals soon thereafter, Shelton posted the eighth quickest time in the occasion and Dahlke came in fourth in the B-last.

On the last day, Shelton, the Texas local, posted Harvard’s first sub two moment in the 200 yard backstroke with a period of 1:54.98. Both Yagher and Popp put in the A last of the 200 breaststroke with times of 2:13.85 and 2:16.19, separately. Two different swimmers posted B Standard occasions on Saturday, with Dahlke completing the 100 free-form in 49.01 and Usinger posting a 1:58.04 in the 200 butterfly.

“We had some great swims,” says Popp. “For us, this meet was all the more a training meet setting us up for the Ivies that will come later in the season. At this moment, individuals were taking a shot at their systems in their strokes and it was simply extremely moving to see all the quick swims.”

In Athens, senior Mikaela Thompson completed in third place in a season best exertion of 290.50 in the 3-meter plunging occasion. Harvard had two different jumpers put in the main 10, with green bean Esther Lawrence putting fifth with 264.80 and sophomore Georgina Milne in ninth with 249.75. In the 1-meter jump, Lawrence came in fifth place with 270.95, Thompson in eighth with 24.80, and Milne in ninth with 268.00.




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