GAMBIER, Ohio – After 40 events, day two of the Total Performance Invitational hosted by Kenyon College comes to close with the University of Pennsylvania women swimming team holds a comfortable lead over the rest of the pack. With one more day of swimming to go, the Quakers are on the right track to close out 2013 with a win.
The evening began with the women 200 free relay. The Red and Blue “A” team entered the meet with a time of 1:35.97 and were seeded second behind Kenyon but that seed didn’t remain come race time. The “A” team – senior Shelby Fortin, sophomore Lauren Church, freshman Rochelle Dong -- dropped 3.07 and touched the wall first at 1:32.90 beating Kenyon, who came in third with a time of 1:34.30. Team “B” – junior Christina Hurley, junior Lauryn Brown, freshman Haley Wickham, and sophomore Emily Baturka – dropped 2.20 and finished in fifth with a time of 1:35.85, behind Kenyon “B”.
In the 200 fly, three Quakers finished within the top five – junior Taylor Sneed finished 2nd (2:02.55), freshman Madeleine Jardeleza finished 3rd (2:03.42), and sophomore Emma Siewert finished 5th (2:04.42).
Within the top ten of the 200 free, senior Shelby Fortin took 2nd (1:49.44), Siewert took 5th (1:52.34), and sophomore Morgan Scott took 6th (1:53.33). Senior Kristi Edleson placed first in the B final with a time of 1:53.08.
In event 13, the 100 back, four Quakers placed within the top six, finishing in 2, 4, 5, and 6 – Church (54.76), Dong (56.62), Brown (56.69), and Sneed (56.73).
Taking the second event win for the Red and Blue was senior Kristen Ashenfelter in the 400 IM. Ashenfelter dropped 7.06 seconds to place first with a time of 4:26.04. Right behind her was freshman Ellie Grimes, who came in at 4:26.75, to give Penn a one, two finish. Also finishing in the top ten were sophomores Megan Alexander (5th- 4:29.69) and Meagan Kwarcinski (10th - 4:33.55). In the B final, Jardeleza and freshman Lia Lombardi finished first and second, 11th and 12th overall, with times of 4:34.15 and 4:34.44, respectively.
A third win for the Quakers came in event 17, the 50 free. Dong dropped 0.58 and touched first at 22.97. Fortin came in fourth at 23.57, Church came in sixth at 23.61, and junior Irene Katopodis came in seventh at 23.65. Hurley came in first in the B final, eleventh overall, at 23.67.
The women finished the day with a win in the 400 medley relay. The “A” team – Church, Wickham, Dong, and Fortin – dropped 3.75 seconds from their entry time of 3:48.50 to 3:44.75. The “B” also dropped over three seconds (3.56) and finished fifth at 3:52.04.
Action resumes on Saturday morning with preliminary races beginning at 9:30 a.m. Diving sessions will begin at 1 p.m. and the championship and consolation finals will begin at 5:30 p.m.
Current Rankings Through Event 40
1. Penn, 1381
2. Kenyon, 1086
3. Johns Hopkins, 713.5
4. Davidson, 569.5
5. CMU, 408.5
6. Grove City, 287.5
7. DePauw, 284