Women's Swimming Finishes Sixth at Ivy Championships
Cambridge, Mass. - The Penn women's swimming team closed the book on the 2012 Ivy League Championships in sixth place with 767 points on Saturday evening at Harvard's Blodgett Pool. With 1,478.5 points, the Crimson knocked off Princeton and kept the Tigers from a three-peat. Princeton finished in second place with 1,310.5 points.
Without have participated in the event all season, Shelby Fortin opened the night for the Red and Blue with a second place finish in the 1650 Freestyle with a time of 16:32.88, setting a school record in the process. Without a time in place, Fortin had to swim the 1650 earlier in the day rather than on Saturday night in the championship final of the event. In that final, Harvard's Kelsey Hojan Clark was able to come from behind and defeat her time by three seconds.
Last year's champion in the 1650, Kristi Edleson, finished fourth with a time of 16:39.80 while Julia Anderson came in eighth (16:53.61).
Blair Webb and Katherine Ashenfelter landed spots in the consolation final of the 200 Backstroke during Saturday afternoon prelims. On Saturday night, the pair finished back-to-back as Webb touched the wall in 2:04.18 and Ashenfelter behind her in 2:04.48 to finish 15th and 16th, respectively.
A pair of Quaker freshmen made it to the finals of the 100 Freestyle. Tina Hurley followed her fifth place finish in the 50 Free with a 14th place finish in the 100 (51.68), while Bernadette D'Alonzo touched the wall in 53.02 for 24th overall.
Penn's final top eight individual performance came courtesy of senior Laura Klick. Klick broke a school record in the 200 Breaststroke during Saturday's prelims, coming in at 2:16.21 to shatter a mark that she had set back in 2009. While she couldn't repeat that pace again in the final, her time of 2:18.09 landed her a seventh place finish.
In the 200 Butterfly, Taylor Sneed (2:02.50) and Melissa Parratto (2:03.52) closed out the individual events for the Quakers, finishing in 11th and 12th place while a seventh place finish for the 400 Free Relay team of Fortin, Hurley, Hayley Springman and Jenny Claydon (3:26.88) was the final race of the 2012 championships.
Overall, Fortin added two more Ivy titles to her hardware, bringing her total to five in just two seasons in a Quaker uniform. Four Penn records were broken over the course of the three days.
Final 2012 Ivy League Championships Standings
1. Harvard 1478.5
2. Princeton 1310.5
3. Yale 1075.5
4. Columbia 1057
5. Dartmouth 846.5
6. Penn 767
7. Brown 688.5
8. Cornell 630.5