PROVIDENCE, R.I. – It was an exciting second day for the University of Pennsylvania women’s swimming and diving team, which saw senior Shelby Fortin break the first Ivy League Championship meet record of the weekend in Brown’s Katherine Moran Coleman Aquatic Center Friday evening.
The highlight of the night for the Red and Blue came in the 200 free, when Fortin won the race in 1:45.69 and set the first Ivy League Championship meet record of the weekend. The win was her third title in the 200 free and Penn’s first first-place finish in the championships. Fortin’s time also meet the NCAA B Cut time requirement. Sophomore Emma Siewert competed in the 200 free’s B Final and placed fifth (13th overall) with a time of 1:50.11.
After the conclusion of preliminaries, the Quakers sent five swimmers into each the A and B Finals. Three swimmers, including senior Katherine Ashenfelter who qualified for two events, would represent the Red and Blue in the C Finals. Additionally, freshman Madeleine Jardeleza, senior Kristi Edleson, and senior Annie McCotter competed in the only (fastest) heat of the 1000 free. At the end of the night, Penn remained in fifth place with a total of 595 points.
The first event of the evening was the 200 medley relay and the “A team” – sophomore Lauren Church, freshman Haley Wickham, freshman Rochelle Dong, and junior Christina Hurley – finished fourth with a time of 1:40.35, which beat the pool record.
In the 1000 free, all but one of the heats competed earlier in the day. The fastest heat took place during the finals and Jadeleza, Edleson, and McCotter contributed 23 points with their finishes.
Freshman Ellie Grimes raced in her second individual medley over the two days, this one being the 400. Grimes’ time, 4:23.33, put her in fifth place in the B Final and 13th overall. In the C Final, Ashenfelter, freshman Lia Lombardi, and sophomore Meghan Kwarcinski finished in second, third, and fourth and added 18 team points.
Next was the 100 fly, where Dong made the NCAA B Cut with her time of 54.05. Her fifth place finish added 25 team points, while junior Taylor Sneed added 16. Sneed finished third in the B Final, 11th overall, with her time of 55.33.
The highlight of the night for the Red and Blue came in the 200 free, when Fortin won the race in 1:45.69 and set the first Ivy League Championship meet record of the weekend. The win was her third title in the 200 free and Penn’s first first-place finish in the championships. Fortin’s time also made the NCAA B Cut. Sophomore Emma Siewert competed in the 200 free’s B Final and placed fifth (13th overall) with a time of 1:50.11.
In the 100 breast, Wickham found herself competing in her first individual heat, after she qualified for the A Final. She finished fifth with a time of 1:02.45, making the NCAA B Cut by four hundredths of a second. Lombardi finished in the B Final with a time of 1:05.08, while Ashenfelter swam in her second C Final of the evening and completed the race at 1:05.64.
Church became another member of the Red and Blue made the NCAA B Cut, this time in the 100 back. Church finished fourth in the A Final with a time of 54.57. Not long after Church, Sneed touched the wall in 55.42, which was good for seventh place. In the B Final, junior Lauryn Brown finished third with a time of 55.65.
The day came to a close with the 800 free relay. Penn’s “A team” – Kwarcinski, Fortin, sophomore Morgan Scott, and Siewert – came in fourth with a time of 7:18.96, which beat the pool record set by Princeton in December (7:21.32).
DAY TWO TEAM SCORES
1. Harvard, 952
2. Princeton, 924
3. Yale, 739
4. Columbia, 668
5. Penn, 595
6. Brown, 512
7. Cornell, 464
8. Dartmouth, 373