PHILADELPHIA - The Quakers sit just four points out of third place after two more victories and four new school records on Friday at the second day of the Ivy League Championships.
Thanks to some impressive finishes from underclassmen, Penn is in fourth place going into the final day of the swimming with 596 points, just four behind Yale (600). Princeton is in first with 1,054.5 points, followed by Harvard in second (955).
Freshman Kristi Edleson led off the evening with an impressive win in the 1,650-yard free. Seeded with a time of 16:50.20, Edleson was even better in the race itself, dropping 12 seconds off that time for a school-record finish of 16:38.19. Despite swimming nearly a mile she still had to outrace Maureen McCotter of Princeton on the final lap, finishing .79 seconds ahead of the Princeton freshman. With the win she became just the sixth Ivy champion in school history. Classmate Julia Anderson also swam well, finishing in sixth with a time of 16:53.43.
Freshman Shelby Fortin won her second event in as many days and also broke another school record with her performance in the 200-yard free. In the preliminaries, the first-year broke Naomi Delphin's two-year old record of 1:49.62 with her time of 1:48.39. Fortin was even better in the finals, dropping more than a second to finish in 1:47.06. She became just the second Quaker to win multiple events at the Ivy Championships, with Sara Coenen in 2008 being the first. Delphin ended up eighth in the event with her time of 1:49.86.
Penn's final top-three finish of the evening was from senior Carey Stauder, who came in third in the 400-yard IM and also set a new school record. Stauder swam a school-record 4:21.33 in the prelims and did even better in the final, dropping nearly three more seconds to finish in 4:18.95. Junior Jennifer Claydon finished eighth in the event with her time of 4:27.01. Sophomore Melissa Parratto failed to reach the championship final, but finished heat two with a career-best 4:21.99.
In the final event of the evening, the Red and Blue placed fourth in the 800-yard free with a school-record time of 7:22.79. Fortin was first off the blocks and followed by Delphin, sophomore Blair Webb and Edleson. They broke the old record of 7:23.38 set back in 2009.
Penn returns to the pool tomorrow for the final day of swimming. Check Ivy Championships central for live updates throughout the day.