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In the 2018-2019 season, the Harvard men had a banner season, led by NCAA Champion Dean Farris en route to an 8th-place team finish. But the Harvard women are on the rise as well, having won 2-straight Ivy League titles, and thanks to a big commitment from Russian National Team swimmer Alexandra Denisenko could be in for some more national recognition as well.
Denisenko, who has received a “likely letter” for admission to Harvard, represented Russia at last year’s World University Games. She swam in the 200 IM (19th) and 400 IM (16th) individually, and was also a prelims leg on Russia’s 800 free relay that eventually won a bronze medal.
The 18-year old is expected to arrive at Harvard in the fall of 2020.
Those conversions, if they hold true, would put her in the school’s all-time top 10 in all 5 of those above races, and would be school records in all of those races except the 100 fly and 200 IM.
While most of the Harvard roster is made up of Americans, they do have a few other internationals on the current roster, including Helena Moreno from Costa Rica, diver Morgane Herculano from Switzerland, and Chloe Close from the United Kingdom.
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