Women's Swimming and Diving Welcomes Eight Incoming First-Years

Women's Swimming and Diving Welcomes Eight Incoming First-Years

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Following successful 2019-20 campaign which saw numerous program marks fall, the Harvard women's swimming and diving team announced its incoming Class of 2024. Joining the Crimson squad in the fall is an eight-member class hailing from three different nations. 

"The Class of 2024 uniquely covers a wide variety of events and will easily add speed, strenghth, and depth to the lineup," says The Costin Family Head Coach for Women's Swimming and Diving Stephanie Wriede Morawski '92. "But, more importantly, these eight women are team players whose enthusiasm, positivity, commitment and work ethic will enhance our team culture and raise our level of competition."

 The eight-member class, featuring six swimmers and two divers, joins a roster that is slated to return seven of its eight All-American selections from the 2020 season.  

Meet The Harvard Incoming Class of 2024:

Mandalyn "Mandy" Brenner | Freestyle/Butterfly | Orange, Calif. | Crean Lutheran
Qualified for the 2020 Olympic Trials in 100-meter free … Two-time team captain of the Crean Lutheran swim team … Also co-captain of the SOCAL Aquatics club team in 2019-20 … Listed in the top 100 18 and under age group for the 100-meter free … Two-time USA Swimming All-American and NISCA Speedo Girls Swimming All-American (2018, 2019) … Selected to the All-County swim team in 200-yard free in 2019 … Three-time Crean Lutheran Scholar Athlete Award recipient … Named Crean Lutheran Most Valuable Swimmer in 2019 … Empire League Champion in 50- and 100-yard free (2018, 2019) … CIF Division III Southern Section Champion in 50- and 100-yard free (2019) … Holds several SOCAL Club team age group records … Crean Lutheran Distinguished Scholar … National Honor Society … Member of the Crean Lutheran Servant Leadership Team, Ambassadors Program, and Link Crew Leader … Volunteered with the Vacation Bible School games, St. Johns' Lutheran nursery , Crean International Summer Camp, and Rose Parade Petal Pusher … Also was the Homecoming announcer in 2018 … A member of the California Association of Student Leaders (CASL) Representative for Crean Lutheran … A trained life guard … Enjoys reading and the ocean … Daughter of Tamara and John … Father, John, was a member of the UCLA track and field team and an NCAA Champion in the shotput and discuss as well as earned a Bronze medal at the 1987 World Track and Field Champions, and inducted into the UCLA Athletics Hall of Fame in 2000 … Mother, Tammy, ran track at California State … Uncle, Hoby Brenner, is a former tight end for USC and New Orleans Saints.

Aleksandra Denisenko |Breaststroke/IM | St. Petersburg, Russia | College of Olympic Reserve No. 1
Member of the Russian National Team … Bronze medalist of the Youth Olympic Festival … Placed third in the 400 IM and fourth in the 200 IM at the Russian National Swimming Championship on the long course in 2018 … In 2019, she placed third in the 200 IM … Competed at the Russian National Swimming Championship short course, placing second in the 400 IM third in the 100 breast, and third in the 100 medley relay in 2018 …  In 2019, she finished first in the 100 medley relay, second in 400 IM and 200 IM … Finished seventh at the 2018 LEN European Junior Championship in the 200 IM … At the International Vladimir Salnikov Cup, she finished third in the 200 breast in 2018 and fourth in the 200 breast in 2019 … Placed first in the 400 IM and second in the 200 IM at the 4th Summer Youth Spartakiad of Russia in 2018 … Multi-medalist of the Russian National Championships and Spartakiads … European Junior Championships Finalist … Class president … Tutored and assisted classmates with homework … Enjoys playing the piano, singing, drawing, reading poems, listening to music, traveling and learning different cultures … Daughter of Dimitrii and Marina … Mother, Marina, is a bronze medalist in 200 freestyle relay of the 1990 Goodwill Games held in Seattle.

Camilla de Pourbaix | Diving |London, United Kingdom | North London Collegiate School
Placed 13th in the Junior European Trials on the 3-meter board in 2019 … Won silver in the South-East Regional in 2018 on the 1-meter and bronze on the 3-meter … Earned the GLL Sports Foundation Achievement Award in 2018 and 2019 … Received the Dive London Award for "Most Improved" in 2018 and 2019 … Served as the chairperson of NLCS Public Speaking in 2019 and 2020 … Participated in numerous community service organizations, "Livability Community Service for Care Home," volunteer coach for "Hampstead Gynastics Club," and NLCS Gymnastics Captain and sports committee member from 2019 to 2020 … Is fluent in English, Japanese and Mandarian with Japanese as first language … Plays the violin and piano … Is a member of the tennis and foreign language club … Daughter of Junko and Roman … Mother played tennis at Keion University (Japan) from 1988-91.

Victoria Eisenhauer | Breaststroke | Pine Brook, N.J. | Montville Township
Two-time team captain of the Montville Township swim team … Three-time USA Swimming Scholastic All-American … Three-time All-State selection … NJSIAA 2020 State Champion in 100 breaststroke … Four-time All-Conference and All-Morris County first team recipient … Winter Junior National Qualifier four times (2016, 2017, 2018, 2019) … Qualified for the Summer Junior Nationals twice (2019, 2020) … Named to the USA Swimming "18 & Under World Top 100" List in the 100 breaststroke … Holds the NJSIAA high school record in the 100 breaststroke … Four-time Morris County Champion in the 100 breast and 200 IM … Morris County record holder in the 100 breast, 200 IM, 100 free, 100 butterfly … Six-time YMC National Qualifier … Won 29 NJ YMCAA State Championships … Somerset Valley YMCA 2019 Team Champion … Also played club softball for 10 years … Member of the National Honors Society, Spanish National Honors Society, Somerset Valley YMCA Leadership Council, Wounded Warrior Project Club, and Homeless Bus Club … Volunteers at Camp Shriver, a sports camp for intellectually disabled athletes … Junior Representative of the Red Cross Club … Enjoys softball, surfing, music, travel, going to the beach, sports, and spending time with family and friends … Daughter of Gary and Gail … Has one younger sister.

Katie Laverty | Diving | Rye, N.Y. | Rye
USA Diving National Qualifier … New York State Section I Champion in the 1-meter in 2019 … Team captain of the Rye High School swim team … Six-time All-League selection … Four-time All-section recipient … Holds the Rye high school record in both six- and 11-dives … AAU  and YMCA National Qualifier … Won the Team Championship in 2019 … Five-time state finalist … Three-time Westchester County Champion … Seven-time Westchester Conference Champion … Holds the Westchester County and conference record in the 1-meter dive … Member of the National Honor Society and National Music Honor Society … Youth Deacon for Rye Presbyterian Church … Volunteered on a week-long service trip to rebuild homes damaged by Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans … Member of the Rye High School Model United Nations club, and attended the National High School Model United Nations Conference in New York City in March, 2020 … Enjoys cooking and baking, listening to music, and playing the flute … Daughter of Julianne Laverty … Mother, Julianne, was a gymnast and was a diver at Fordham … Cousin Chris Knizewski dove with U.S. Olympic diver Jessica Parratto.

Claire Suen | Freestyle/Backstroke | Dublin, Calif. | Dublin
Captain of the Dublin High School swimming team in 2019-20 … Member of the Pleasanton Seahawks club team … Three-time MVP (2017, 2018, 2019) … Two-time NISCA All-American (2018, 2019) … Three-time scholastic All-American (2018, 2019, 2020) … Two-time EBAL Champion (2018, 2019) … All-League in the 100 back (2017), 100 free (2018, 2019), and 200 free (2018, 2019) … Three-time NCS-CIF Scholar-Athlete (2017, 2018, 2019) … Received the National Merit Scholarship in 2020 … Earned the National AP Scholar Award … Honorable mention at the Alameda County Science and Engineering Fair in 2017 … Placed fourth at the U.S. Open Music Competition in 2016 … Founded and served as President of the Dublin High Chess Club … Co-found and served as vice-president of the Open Heart Kitchen Club, serving food to low-incoming families … Enjoys playing chess … Daughter of Fong and Ruei-Shiang.

Grace Yoon | Breaststroke/Butterfly/IM | Cherry Hill, N.J. | Cherry Hill East
Captained of the Cherry Hill swim team in 2019-20 … Three-time Eastside Athlete of the Year (2017, 2018, 2019) … Named the Sun Magazine Swimmer of the Year (2019) … Five-time NISCA All-American … Named the SJSIAA Swimmer of the Year in 2018 … Six-time New Jersey State Champion, most recently 2020 … Guided Cherry Hill to the New Jersey State Team Champion in 2020 … Four-time All-State first team selection and All-South Jersey first team selection … Three-time Cherry Hill East Most Valuable Swimmer in 2017, 2018, 2019 … Was the Jersey Wahoos Club Outstanding Swimmer in four straight years (2016-2019) … Six-time school record holder in four individual events and two relays … Also was a member of Cherry Hill East cross country team … Earned All-South Jersey first team honors and Most Valuable Runner in 2016 … Helped Cherry Hill East to 2016 Sectional Team Champion in 2016 … Cherry Hill East valedictorian … National Merit Scholar recipient … AP Scholar with Distinction … Served as president of the Miracle League Club … Participated in the Peer Tutoring Club … Enjoys surfing, skateboarding, skiing, traveling, hiking, running and piano ... Daughter of Dawn and Russell.

Sophia Zhang | Breaststroke | New York City, N.Y. | Trinity School
Olympic Trials qualifier in the 100 breaststroke … Team captain of the Trinity School swim team in 2019-20 … NYSAIS Champions in 2019 and 2020 … Four league team championships … Two-time NISCA All-American in the 100 breaststroke (2018, 2019) … Three-time Scholastic All-American (2018, 2019, 2020) … Named Team MVP in 2020 … Runner-up at the Winter Junior National in the 100 breaststroke (2018) … Was an A-finalist at the Summer Junior Nationals in the 100 and 200 breaststroke (2019) … Holds six Trinity School records (100 breast, 100 fly, 200 IM, 200 free relay, 400 free relay, 200 mixed medley relay … Holds five league records (100 breast, 200 IM, 400 free relay, 200 free relay, 200 mixed medley relay … Is the NYSAIS record holder in the 100 breast, 50 free, 200 mixed medley relay, 400 free relay … Participates in the waterproofing program, teaching under-privileged children water skills, West Side Campaign Against Hunger … President of the Trinity Asian American Alliance … National Merit Finalist … Cum Laude ... Crimson Essay Writing Competition Winner … Trinity Admissions Assistant … Daughter of Patrick Zhang and Jenny Tu.