Cornell Women Beat Harvard For First Time In 40 Years

Cornell vs Dartmouth vs Harvard

  • Saturday, November 11, 2023
  • Cambridge, Mass.
  • SCY (25 yards)
  • Women’s Results
  • Men’s Results
  • Team Scores
    • Women: Cornell 152, Harvard 148
    • Women: Cornell 165, Dartmouth 135
    • Women: Harvard 158, Dartmouth 142
    • Men: Harvard 175, Cornell 125
    • Men: Harvard 202, Dartmouth 97
    • Men: Cornell 196, Dartmouth 104

The Cornell women made history on Saturday as they took down Harvard for the second time in program history, as the Big Red outscored the Crimson 152-148 to mark their first head-to-head victory since 1983.

Cornell also topped Dartmouth (165-135) to sweep the women’s meet, while Harvard went 2-0 on the men’s side.


The difference-maker in the four-point victory for Cornell can be traced back to the meet-opening 200 medley relay, where the Big Red quartet of Mingna Xu (25.33), Amy Wu (29.48), Emilie Boisrenoult (24.01) and Priscilla Wongso (22.94) combined for a time of 1:41.76 to edge out Harvard (1:41.79) and Dartmouth (1:41.83) by mere hundredths of a second.

From there, Cornell only won two more events as it was team depth that was ultimately the primary reason for the sweep.

In the 100 breaststroke, sophomore Audrey Holden (1:03.56) went 1-2 with Wu (1:04.55) for Cornell, and freshman Hojung Yoon followed up with a victory in the 200 backstroke for the Big Red in a time of 1:59.82.

Holden (2:19.50) and Wu (2:20.53) also placed t-2nd and 4th in the 200 breast to continue putting points on the board in the breast events, with Dartmouth sophomore Julianne Jones securing the victory in 2:16.95 and Harvard freshman Stephanie Iannaccone tying with Holden for the runner-up spot.

Jones also won the 200 IM in 2:03.08, just over a second off her lifetime best of 2:01.90.

Another top point scorer for Cornell was Wongso, a senior, who placed 2nd in the 50 free and 3rd in the 100 free.

Those two events were swept by Dartmouth freshman Samantha Li, who edged Wongso by .01 in the 50 free, 23.41 to 23.42, and then claimed the 100 free in 50.58 over Harvard’s Anya Mostek (50.80) and Li (50.91).

Mostek, a sophomore, also rolled to a dominant win in the 100 back (53.88), and closed things out by leading off Harvard’s 400 free relay in 50.61 as they claimed the win in 3:21.90.

The meet victory for Cornell comes after they fell to Harvard by a decisive score of 179-121 last season. However, the Big Red did pick up a big win over Princeton in November 2022, downing the eventual Ivy League champions 179-121.

Other Highlights

  • Dartmouth freshman Carinn Bethea swept the 500 free (4:53.53) and 1000 free (10:01.85), both season-bests.
  • Another Dartmouth first-year that performed well was Jamie Legh, who narrowly missed her personal best time in the 200 back to earn the win in 1:59.74, having been 1:59.50 back in March. Legh followed up by claiming the 100 fly in 54.79, six-tenths off her best time.
  • Harvard sophomore Nina Janmyr swept the diving events, as she was the only diver to eclipse 300 points on both 1-meter (311.30) and 3-meter (308.85).
  • Harvard junior Molly Hamlin led the 200 free in 1:50.92.


The Harvard men cruised to a season-opening sweep over Cornell and Dartmouth, with four different athletes earning multiple individual victories.

Leading the charge was Will Grant, the reigning Ivy League champion in the 100 and 200 back. Grant, a senior, won the 100 back (48.12) and 200 back (1:46.02), and finished things off with a triumph in the 200 IM (1:48.56).

Another senior pushing the Crimson forward was Marcus Holmquist, who swept the 50 free (20.32) and 100 free (44.43) and added a 44.02 anchor on the 400 free relay as Harvard won comfortably in 2:58.05.

Placing 2nd in the 100 free was Harvard sophomore David Greeley (44.56), who also won the 200 free in 1:38.11. Greeley was 4th in the 100 free and 7th in the 200 free at the 2022 Ivy League Championships.

A third senior, Cole Kuster, also earned a decisive sweep, winning the 500 free by nearly three seconds in 4:26.87 and the 1000 free by more than six in 9:08.43.

Cornell juniors Sebastian Wolff and Joseph Gurski were the top non-Harvard performers at the meet, both earning one win and one runner-up finish apiece.

Wolff won the 100 breast (54.91) and took 2nd to Grant in the 200 IM (1:50.24), while Gurski led the 100 fly (48.19) and took 2nd to Harvard freshman David Schmitt (1:46.17) in the 200 fly (1:47.98). Schmitt was also the runner-up to Gurski in the 100 fly.

Other Highlights

  • In the 200 medley relay, Logan Holt (22.78), Wolff (24.39), Gurski (21.73) and Will Taner (19.75) combined to give Cornell the win in 1:28.65, well clear of Harvard (1:29.27) and Dartmouth (1:29.97).
  • Harvard junior Adam Wesson swept the diving events, putting up a score of 362.40 in the 1-meter event and 388.30 on 3-meter.
  • Dartmouth’s lone event win came from junior Alexander Ye, who dominated the 200 breast in a time of 2:00.56. He was also 3rd in the 100 breast (55.71).

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5 months ago

Go big Red!

dua lipa simp
5 months ago

y’all are just upset Cornell beat Harvard and are looking for reasons to be mad. If they’re the worse team and put on the suits then they’re respecting their competition. If they are equals and they put on suits then Harvard had every opportunity to also put on suits. You can’t have it both ways. Cope harder

I miss the ISL
5 months ago

I don’t know why everyone’s pissed Cornell might have not told Harvard they were suiting. Are they supposed to?? This is sports, after all. You want to win sports. This might not be Ivies but it is a huge morale boost to Cornell if they can beat the conference champs.
In what world would Patrick Gallagher call up Amanda Kulik and say hey btw we are suiting up make sure y’all bring your A-game? Do yall think football coaches share their strategies? It makes the sport better when things like November meets can be taken seriously and competitively.
Also, salty Harvard grads, please be quiet. Your superiority complexes are showing. If this meet doesn’t matter that much, and… Read more »

5 months ago


5 months ago

is it normal to suit or is it normal to not suit or are both normal?

Pieter H
Reply to  jeff
5 months ago

There’s no rule.

Suit or no suit it’s up to you.

Reply to  jeff
5 months ago

Birthday Suit

5 months ago

Cornell’s Womens head coach told Harvard they would be suiting up and did not share that with Dartmouth. Harvard spilled the beans to Dartmouth 10 mins before the meet started and Dartmouth managed to pull together and suit their ladies too! People need to know the truth. #justiceforthebiggreen

Reply to  IvyLeagueFan
5 months ago

So then the Harvard win is legit?

Get Roasted
5 months ago

Remember last year when they beat Princeton at their dual meet last November and then never touched those times again and got 7th at Ivies

Get Roasted
Reply to  Get Roasted
5 months ago

Cornell downvoting this comment oooooh i am so scared

New Age Outlaws
Reply to  Get Roasted
5 months ago

Remember when Harvard, who gets the best recruits year after year, got bodied at Ivies cause their kids weren’t ready to swim?

5 months ago

Just wait till conference when Harvard actually suits up. The freshman on that team are the next big thing especially one of them has extreme talent. Harvard has the dawg that these teams don’t have. Racing in practice suits against a bunch of tapered little dogs shows how hungry Harvard really is. Don’t think anyone in these comments actually knows a thing or two about swimming.

New Age Outlaws
Reply to  Terry
5 months ago

Ok, Terry.

Reply to  Terry
5 months ago

Hi Parent of freshman with extreme talent,

Learn a thing or two about swimming. Nobody is tapering for Harvard v Cornell v Dartmouth. That dawg wasn’t so great if Harvard didn’t win.

Facts speaker
Reply to  Terry
5 months ago

Yes so true I’m sure they have great, talented freshmen! It’s too bad they will peak freshman year and we will never hear their names again. Based on Harvards track record

About James Sutherland

James Sutherland

James swam five years at Laurentian University in Sudbury, Ontario, specializing in the 200 free, back and IM. He finished up his collegiate swimming career in 2018, graduating with a bachelor's degree in economics. In 2019 he completed his graduate degree in sports journalism. Prior to going to Laurentian, James swam …

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