NEW HAVEN, Conn. – It was a split day for the University of Pennsylvania swimming teams, as the men and women defeated Dartmouth but fell to host Yale at Kiphuth Pool on Saturday. The women captured their first Ivy win and are now 1-4 in the Ivy League; the men are 3-2.
First to swim were the women.
After winning six events, Penn’s women found their first Ivy League victory over Dartmouth, 210-90, but fell to Yale, 163.5-137.5.
The first victory for the Quakers came in the second event, the 200 medley relay. The “A team” – junior Lauryn Brown, freshman Haley Wickham, sophomore Lauren Church, freshman Rochelle Dong – finished at 1:45.70. Coming in just over a second later at 1:46.90 was Yale’s “A team”.
The Red and Blue then went on to win three events in a row – the 200 free, 100 back, and 100 breast. Senior Shelby Fortin took the top spot in the 200 free with a time of 1:51.79. Church followed suit with a first place finish in the 100 back at 56.61. Also placing in the 100 back was Brown, who came in third at 57.22 and junior Taylor Sneed, at 58.24.
Another one-three-four finish came in the following event, the 100 breast, where Wickham finished with a time of 1:05.98. Senior Katherine Ashenfelter placed third at 1:07.61 and freshman Lia Lombardi came in fourth at 1:08.20.
Two events later, three Quakers placed within the top five in the 50 free. Dong finished behind Yale’s Kina Zhou (23.57) and took second place with a time of 23.73. Taking third was junior Irene Katopodis (24.18) and rounding out the top five in fifth was junior Christina Hurley (24.26).
Katopodis and Hurley would again find themselves in the top five, this time in the 100 free. Katopodis captured another third place finish in the 100 free at 52.83, and Hurley took fourth at 52.95.
Church won her second individual race and third overall in the 11th event, the 200 back, with a time of 2:02.32. She defeated Yale’s Michelle Chintanaphol who was right behind her and finished at 2:02.47.
Next up was the 200 breast, where Lombardi kept the winning streak going with a time of 2:23.92. Finishing in second was fellow freshman Ellie Grimes, won touched at 2:24.13.
In the 500 free, Fortin took the second place spot with a time of 4:59.56 and sophomore Annie McCotter came in fourth with a time of 5:04.75.
After the 500 free was the 100 fly, where Dong and Yale’s Sydney Hirschi tied with a time of 56.03. Coming in third was Sneed at 57.81.
Grimes landed the last second place finish for the Red and Blue – a time of 4:30.07 in the 400 IM.
The last event of the meet was the 400 free relay. The “A Team” – Dong, Hurley, Katopodis, Fortin – completed the race with a time of 3:29.40, which was five hundredths of a second behind second place Dartmouth “A Team”. Finishing fourth and behind the Penn “A team” was the “B Team” – Church, Brown, sophomore Emma Siewert, and Sneed at 3:34.86.
After the women, the men swam and claimed six wins in the tri-meet. The Red and Blue defeated Dartmouth, 192-108, but fell to Yale, 155-145, where the winner was determined in the last few races.
Up first was the 3 meter dive, where freshman diver Jack Stein placed second with a score of 301.20. Stein also finished second in the 1 meter dive with a score of 272.40.
Following the 3 meter dive was the 200 medley relay, where the Penn “A team” -- freshman Philip Hu, sophomore Kyle Yu, senior Rhoads Worster, sophomore Eric Schultz -- started the meet with a win (1:31.14). Yale and Dartmouth’s “A teams” followed at 1:31.51 and 1:31.87, respectively.
It was a Yale-Penn finish in the next two events: the 1000 free -- with sophomore Chris Swanson (9.23.73) coming in behind Bulldog Brian Hogan (9:19.96) -- and the 200 free – with junior Dillon McHugh (1:40.65) coming in behind bulldog Rob Harder (1:40.21). Penn also took third place in the 200 free, with freshman Kevin Su’s time of 1:41.52.
In the 100 breast, three Quakers finished right in a row, taking third (Yu- 56.21) fourth (sophomore Bobby Francis- 56.95), and fifth (freshman Cole Hurwitz- 57.46). Three consecutive place finishes also came in the 200 breast – Yu (2:04.06), Hurwitz (2:05.48), Francis (2:06.52).
The Red and Blue notched a second place victory in the 200 fly from Worster at 1:49.28, after another Yale-Penn finish. Worster later found his first individual win in the 100 fly, with a time of 48.75.
Schultz followed up with two-first place finishes in the 50 free (20.73) and the 100 free (45.25). Also racing was junior Alex Porter, who took third place in both the 50 free (21.22) and 100 free (46.15).
Swanson claimed his first event win of the afternoon in the 500 free and swam it in 4:34.56. Two Bulldogs came in after Swanson, both finishing at 4:36.49.
The 400 free relay “A team” – Porter, McHugh, Schultz, Worster – was the last to swim in the afternoon’s meet. The Quakers closed out with a win and a time of 3:01.29, beating Yale’s “A team” which finished at 3:05.98. Penn’s “B team” – sophomore John Germanis, freshman Zach Fisher, Su, and freshman Jimmy Jameson – placed third (3:08.28).
Penn will be back in action when the Quakers host Brown on Saturday January 18 in Sheerr Pool. The meet is set to begin at noon.