PHILADELPHIA – It was bitter sweet for the University of Pennsylvania men's and women's swimming and diving teams this afternoon, as the Quakers celebrated senior day with wins over La Salle. In the last meet the teams would swim together, the women defeated the Explorers 159-129 and the men won 162-122.
Before the meet began, head coach Mike Schnur recognized the ten seniors: Julia Anderson, Katherine Ashenfelter, Katie Orem, Clarissa Palmer, Anne Maercklein, Kristi Edleson, Shelby Fortin, William Hartje, Paul Maneri, and Rhoads Worster.
When time came to start the meet, the A and B teams in the women’s and men’s 200 medley relays set the tone.
Putting up the first points of the meet were sophomore Lauren Church, freshman Haley Wickham, junior Lauryn Brown, and junior Irene Katopodis. The “A team” touched the wall at 1:46.44, and the “B team” – freshman Madeleine Jardeleza, sophomore Catherine Yee, sophomore Lucy Chai, sophomore Emily Baturka – came in second at 1:49.48.
The men’s “A team” – freshman Phillip Hu, sophomore Kyle Yu, senior Rhoads Worster, junior John Germanis – put up 11 points for the men, completing the race at 1:31.85. The “B team” – junior Dillon McHugh, sophomore Bobby Francis, freshman Zach Fisher, sophomore Eric Schultz – scored an additional four points with a time of 1:32.52.
Senior Kristi Edleson claimed the next first place finish for the Red and Blue in the 1000 free. Edleson swam the event in 10:21.25 and the next Quaker to touch the wall was sophomore Annie McCotter at 10:27.86, who placed third giving Penn an additional three points.
Seniors Shelby Fortin, Rhoads Worster, and William Hartje also added top points for their events. Fortin placed first in the 200 free with her time of 1:51.92, Worster added nine points for touching the wall first at 49.35 in the 100 fly, while Hartje earned top scores in both the 1 and 3 meter dives. One of the biggest events of the day though was the men’s 200 IM, as the entire Red and Blue team cheered on Hartje.
Ending the meet was the 200 free relay teams, which competed as exhibition heats. The women’s “A team” broke the pool record set the day before against West Chester, 1.36.13, as they touched the wall at 1:36.06. The men’s “A team” would also have taken first place with their time of 1:22.47.
The Quakers will next compete together in the Cavalier Invite in two weeks. Before then, the men will host Harvard in the last conference meet of the season before Ivy Championships.