PHILADELPHIA - A thirteen-day break from competition might be just what the Penn women's swimming team needed as they try to close out January on a high note. The Quakers make the short trip to face local rival and Division II power West Chester this Friday evening at the Graham Natatorium.
Two weeks ago, the Quakers lost both ends of a tri-meet against Yale and Dartmouth. Penn fell to Yale, 161-138, but also dropped a heartbreaker against Dartmouth, coming up short by a score of 150-149 in a matchup that ended up being decided by the final event, the 400 freestyle relay.
Coming into this week's matchup, West Chester's record is 5-1, recently coming off a 131-96 victory against Southern Connecticut State University. Friday will not be the Golden Rams' first taste of Division I competition, either. In October, WCU easily outpaced Lehigh by a score of 174-69.
Last year, the Penn women's swimming team faced West Chester at home and earned 12 consecutive victories to open the meet as they took care of WCU, 164-111. Coach Mike Schnur's crew hopes for more of the same this time around as they compete in their final dual meet of the season.
The Red and Blue return home to Sheerr Pool for a tri-meet with La Salle and UMBC next weekend and will bring a select group to the Terp Invite in February before making final preparations for the Ivy Championships.