2020 W. Ivy League: Dahlke Leads in 1:43.7, Harvard Crushes 800 FR Relay Record


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The defending champion Harvard women picked up a sweep of the day 1 relays to kick off the women’s 2020 Ivy League Championships. Miki Dahlke led them off in 1:43.78, a time well under what would have made NCAAs last season (1:45.12). That took about half a second off her best. Samantha Shelton (1:46.20) and Kennidy Quist (1:45.27) took on the middle legs. Freshman Felicia Pasadyn closed in 1:44.67. Their 6:59.92 is almost a second under the NCAA ‘A’ cut.

Princeton took silver in 7:04.23, also under the old record, with a team made up entirely of freshmen. Ellie Marquardt broke 1:46 for the first time as she led off for the Tigers in 1:45.69. Nikki Venema also split under 1:46, posting a 1:45.51 on the 2nd leg. Yale rounded out the podium in 7:12.60 with a 1:47.26 anchor from Izzy Henig. Dartmouth (7:14.02) got a 1:46.93 anchor from Mia Leko as they finished 4th.

In the 200 medley relay, Harvard (1:37.81) and Princeton (1:37.86) battled down to the finish. The Crimson had the lead early on as Pasadyn led off in 24.81. Princeton’s Christie Chong slightly closed the gap with her 26.99 breast leg, but Harvard freshman Addie Rose Bullock put up a 23.63 on the fly to counter that. Princeton freshman Nikki Venema charged to a 21.78 anchor split,  but came up just short as Harvard held them off by 5 hundredths.

Yale, the 2019 champion, picked up the bronze. Penn (1:40.31)  was out ahead of them as Hannah Kannan put up a 24.90 back split. Caitlin Tycz (23.91) took the lead over Penn on the fly. Henig then anchored them in 22.04 to greatly extend their lead over Penn. They finished in a final time of 1:39.13. Columbia (1:40.36) was closely behind Penn for 5th, highlighted by Helen Wojdylo‘s 27.46 breast split.


  1. Harvard 128
  2. Princeton 112
  3. Yale  108
  4. Columbia 100
  5. Dartmouth 98
  6. (T-6) Brown 96
  7. (T-6) Penn 96
  8. Cornell 90

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2 years ago

This is the strangest comment section I’ve seen. Not a super competitive conference yet lots of “passionate” comments.

Reply to  PKWater
2 years ago

More keyboards in use at these schools.

Jarter Cacobsen
2 years ago

Solid performances all around in the 8 free relay. I mean, nobody went a 1:40, but still pretty good.

David Berkoff
2 years ago

Congrats Harvard women. Clearly swimming through the HYP is paying off! Go Crimson.

Reply to  David Berkoff
2 years ago

Unlikely Princeton was on full rest for that meet….looking forward to seeing these 2 teams slug it out over the next few days. Should be exciting!

Eat Sleep Taper for HYP Repeat
Reply to  Swamererer
2 years ago

I indubitably would have to disagree with that statement. Evidently neither team will need to “slug it out” – Swamererer c. 2020, as both teams swam astonishingly swift and with great haste! Nonetheless, there must be but ONE team to win the title of 2020 Ivy League Women’s Swimming and Diving Champions, and that is one prediction even the Swimulator can not foresee. Alas, they will not “slug it out”, but perhaps rather “fast it out”?

2 years ago

Very little being mention of Dartmouth’s inspired relays last night, highlighted by Sophie Smith’s 22.3 hammer anchor split and Ashley “The Reaper” Post’s 1:47.1 leadoff leg. James Holder has yet again got his ladies swimming fast and prepared to make the rest of the Ivy League look silly.

2 years ago

Cornell underperforming after resting/suiting to win some of their Ivy League dual meets in order to bolster their record

Fat Tony
Reply to  Swimmer
2 years ago

It was a bold strategy and we’re now seeing how it plays out.

Reply to  Fat Tony
2 years ago

Very bold if I do say so myself

Reply to  Swimmer
2 years ago

They’re starting to look a lot like Deutsche Bank did. Originally looked great on paper, but when you look at the details you see that their gamble will not pay off.

Reply to  SwimBro21
2 years ago

SwimBro21/Swammer/Lesean – please adhere to SwimSwam’s commenting guidelines about not using multiple usernames in the same thread. Thank you.

Reply to  Braden Keith
2 years ago

If you look at the email I provided for my comments, you will see that we are different people. Yes multiple people can share the same view that Dartmouth is an up and coming program. Crazy I know

Reply to  Swimmer
2 years ago

Bold comment by the Dartmouth men (2-8)… let’s see if it helps them at all next week.

Reply to  Lgr
2 years ago

I wouldn’t want to discount the Dartmouth men’s team; they do seriously impressive stuff outside of the pool. I’ve never seen a deal pipeline as robust as theirs for a shop that has only been operating for a few years. I would expect them to top the league tables within the next few years depending on how long this bull run continues.

Reply to  Swimbro21
2 years ago

I’m no mathematician but I don’t even think their super star Connor Lamastra can save them from their inevitable last place finish this year.

Reply to  Swimmer
2 years ago

As far as I know, the Cornell women suited up for two dual meets (Columbia and Brown) and did not rest for any dual meets. Columbia was also suited up at their dual meet and the only meet Cornell won was their senior meet against Brown. There are other teams in the the Ivy League that suited up for every meet this season. Cornell placed 8th at Ivies last year, so I’d not really sure how being in 8th again is underperforming.

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