It is not particularly unusual for sophomore Sonia Wang to put a team on her back. At last weekend’s Ivy League Women’s Swimming and Diving Championships, Wang brought unusual meaning to that common phrase.
The Harvard women’s swimming and diving team finished second overall in the 2017 Ancient Eight title-deciding meet, capping a weekend in which the Crimson women broke a couple of records and won several individual titles.
Refreshed and recharged after its annual winter training trip, Harvard women’s swimming and diving handled the Quakers and Bears to extend its undefeated start to the season.
While Harvard swimmers dispatched Columbia at Blodgett Pool, Crimson divers visited Denver, Colo. and Salt Lake City, Utah for two competitions.
The Harvard women’s swimming and diving team traveled to Invitationals in Texas and Georgia to take on a slew of new opponents, crushing multiple school records in the process.
The domination was apparent on the board, in the individual events, and in the relays, with the Crimson taking gold in the first nine swim events.
Though its season ended in mid-March, seven members of the Harvard women’s swimming and diving team continued their competitive training and qualified for the U.S. Olympic Trials.
With notable performances from throughout the squad, five Harvard competitors traveled to Annapolis this weekend to compete in ECAC championships.
This weekend, freshman Meagan Popp helped the women’s swimming and diving team to its 12th Ivy League championship. At the meet, she set three school records in the 200 IM, 100 breast, and 200 breast events, resulting in a first, second, and tied for first placement, respectively. But several other Crimson athletes also had stellar performances this week as well.
Going into the Ivy League Championship Meet, freshman Meagan Popp had seen her fair amount of high-placing finishes, but she had yet to top the podium as a member of the Harvard women’s swim team. Three days later, Popp’s name has been stamped into the Crimson record books a grand total of three times.