harvard’s leddy leads way in 200 back


Harvard’s surge to the lead in the 2009 Ivy League Swimming & Diving Championships has been in large part to the strong contingent of veteran swimmers on Stephanie Wriede Morawski’s squad.

But on Saturday night, it was a freshman that took center stage.

Capitalizing on the injury absence of defending champion Sara Coenen, Harvard’s Meghan Leddy earned the 200y Backstroke title for 2009 by swimming with the poise of a seasoned veteran, despite obvious youth.

Trailing by only .01 to Columbia’s Lauren Fraley after the first split, Meghan dug down and executed an incredible turn, which propelled the upstart into the lead. She then continued to extend her lead on Fraley with seemingly every stroke.

But the race wasn’t over by any stretch of the imagination. Leddy had to hold off a furious charge by Penn’s Ainsley Cookingham. The junior, who has developed a reputation of a great closer, looked to reel the freshman in with a 29.89 final leg, but the difference was too great while the distance was too small.

And Leddy was just too quick. The freshman finished at 1:59.65 and took down her first individual Ivy championship.


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race recaps

200y FREE RELAY -- Pre | Final
500y FREE -- Pre | Final
200y IM -- Pre | Final
50y FREE -- Pre | Final
1m DIVING -- Pre | Final
400y MEDLEY RELAY -- Pre | Final
200y MEDLEY RELAY -- Pre | Final
1000y FREE -- Timed Final
400y IM -- Pre | Final
100y FLY -- Pre | Final
200y FREE -- Pre | Final
100y BREAST -- Pre | Final
100y BACK -- Pre | Final
3m DIVING -- Pre | Final
800y FREE RELAY -- Timed Final
1650y FREE -- Final
200y BACK -- Pre | Final
100y FREE -- Pre | Final
200y BREAST -- Pre | Final
200y FLY -- Pre | Final
400y FREE RELAY -- Timed Final

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