PRINCETON, N.J. – A year has passed, but little has changed. For the second-consecutive season, sophomore Virginia Burns captured the 500-free title on the first night of the Ivy League championships.
Burns, along with second-place finishes from Madison Visco (500 free) and Rochelle Dong (50 free) led the way for a Penn team that sits in fourth place (270 points) after day one of the Ivies in Princeton, N.J.
For the first time in program history, the Quakers went 1-2 in an Ivy League championship event. Visco tallied the top time in the morning prelims, racing to a mark of 4:43.14. Burns roared in the finals, dusting the field in a time of 4:43.72. Visco nabbed the silver with a mark of 4:44.62. Both times were fast enough to make NCAA B Cuts, while Visco’s morning time slots her 10th in Ivy League history.
Dong grabbed her second-straight silver medal in the 50 free, clocking in at 22.65 -- which was seven-hundredths of a second behind Yale’s Bella Hindley.
The Quakers also had success in relay action, grabbing points in both the 200 free and 400 medley. The 200 squad of Dong, Carter Orth, Mary Whiting, and Haley Wickham placed seventh with a time of 1:33.33.
Dong, Burns and Wickham returned to the pool for the 400 medley, teaming up with Libby Jardeleza. The foursome tallied 50 points in the event, placing fifth with a time of 3:39.75.
Other notable finishes came from sophomore Ryan Alexander and freshman Mary Whiting, who finished fifth (4:49.94) and eighth (4:55.39) respectively in the B Finals of the 500 free.
In the B Final of the 200 free, Ellie Grimes (2:02.37) and Orth (2:02.42) came in back-to-back at fourth and fifth respectively.
The Quakers will be back at it tomorrow for the second day of the championships, beginning at 11 a.m.
Full Standings (six events)
1. Harvard - 444.5
2. Yale - 428
3. Princeton - 400.5
4. Penn - 270
5. Brown - 200
6. Columbia - 199
7. Dartmouth - 161
8. Cornell - 129