First Year Anya Mostek Wins Three Events, Leading Harvard to Victory Over Rutgers


  • Friday, November 4, 2022
  • Blodgett Pool, Boston, MA
  • SCY (25 yards)
  • Results


  1. Harvard – 169
  2. Rutgers – 131

Harvard hosted Rutgers for a women’s dual meet at Blodgett Pool on Friday, emerging victorious in a 169-131 decision. Rutgers pulled out wins in both relays, though they would go on to lose the meet.

The 200 medley relay was a great race, seeing Rutgers swim a 1:42.53, touching 0.03 seconds ahead of Harvard (1:42.56). Harvard jumped out to a lead, with Anya Mostek leading off in 25.67, faster than Rutgers lead-off Alice Scarabelli‘s 26.04. Rutgers took over the lead on breaststroke, with Rachel Kimmel splitting 28.49, much faster than Harvard breaststroker Victoria Eisenhauer‘s 29.32. Harvard cut into the lead slightly on fly, with Abigail Carr splitting 24.71 to Sofia Lobova‘s 24.88 for Rutgers. Sofia Chichaikina was able to hold off Harvard’s Darlene Fung on the anchor, splitting 23.12 to Fung’s 22.86.

Rutgers also won the 400 free relay, though they took that race far more decisively than the 200 medley. Chichaikina led the team off in 51.67, followed by Scarabelli (50.91), Julia Bartoszewicz (51.92), and Martyna Piesko (51.41), for a 3:25.91.

Madison Murtagh was great for Rutgers, sweeping the distance events. She kicked things off with a win in the 1000 free, swimming a 9:59.00. With the performance, Murtagh is now the fourth swimmer in Rutgers history to break 10:00 in the 100 free.

Murtagh went on to win the 500 free in 4:55.34, touching first by seven seconds.

First year Anya Mostek was huge for Harvard, winning all three of her individual events. She started with a 1:48.15 in the 200 free, touching as the only swimmer in the field under 1:50. She got out to a lead immediately, splitting 52.21 on the first 100, then came home in 55.95.

Mostek then won a decisive victory in the 200 back, clocking a 1:57.71. This time, she swam a much tighter race, going out in 58.14 on the first 100, and coming home in 59.57.

Mostek capped off her meet with a 2:02.74 in the 200 IM, touching first by over two seconds. She used her fly and back speed to get out to a fast start, splitting 57.25 on the first 100.

Harvard swept the sprint free events, starting with Darlene Fung taking the 50 free in 23.55. Samantha Shelton would then take the 100 free in 50.92, establishing the lead on the first 50 and holding it through the finish.

Rutgers’ Rachel Kimmel swept the breaststroke events. Kimmel swam a 1:02.94 in the 100 breast, posting the fastest split in the field on both 50s of the race. Kimmel then went on to post a 2:16.55 in the 200 breast, again getting out to an early lead and maintaining it.

Rutgers freshman Vika Kostromina won the 200 fly in 2:02.32. She would go on to finish fourth in the 100 fly, while it was Harvard’s Abigail Carr who won the race, swimming a 55.09.

The 100 back went to Alice Scarabelli, who clocked a 55.30. She touched out Harvard’s Addie Rose Bullock (55.38).

In diving, Harvard first year Nina Janmyr claimed victory in 1-meter, scoring 294.38 points. 3-meter went to Rutgers’ Holly Prasanto, who racked up 283.58 points.

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