PHILADELPHIA - The Quakers try to bounce back from their last meet when they face off against Dartmouth and Yale in a tri-meet in New Haven on Saturday, beginning at 10 a.m.
The Red and Blue hope to improve on their performance in Boca Raton on Jan. 5, when the team went 1-3 in a five-team meet at Florida Atlantic University. Penn defeated host FAU handily but lost to Ivy foe Brown 165.5-135.5. Nationally ranked LSU and Purdue also swam past the Quakers.
Freshman Julia Anderson was Penn's top finisher on the day, recording a pair of second-place finishes. The freestyler opened the meet by taking second in the 1,000 with a time of 10:25.65 and then swam the 500 in 5:05.02. Fellow classmate Katherine Ashenfelter took fourth in the 200-yard backstroke and also 200-yard I.M. In diving, senior Madeline Bauer also impressed, finishing second in the 3-meter diving event with 235.40 points.
Last year the Quakers earned a split in the meet by beating the Big Green with little trouble, 231-69, and losing 204.5-69 to the Bulldogs. Penn managed just one victory in the event, but finished second seven times. The Red and Blue's lone victory was in the 400-yard free relay.
This year the Red and Blue face an improved Dartmouth squad, which has already collected more Ivy victories than the previous three years combined. At 2-1 in the league, the Big Green beat Cornell to open the year and also earned a victory over Brown, 156-144 in November. In that meet, freshmen won six different events.
Yale is 3-0 in dual meets this season, with wins over Columbia, Vermont and Cornell. In the Bulldogs last meet they won 12 of the 16 events on the day in taking down Cornell 187-113. Junior Rachel Rosenberg won both diving events in the meet and Athlena Liao won both the 100 and 200-yard breaststroke events.