Day Two of Championships, Quakers Remain in Fourth

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- At the end of the second day of the 2015 Ivy League Women’s Swimming & Diving Championship at Harvard’s Blodgett Pool, the University of Pennsylvania women swimming & diving team held steady at fourth place in the overall standings with 664 points. Sophomore Ellie Grimes set a new school record for a second-straight day, this time in the 400 IM. The final day’s action will begin tomorrow with preliminaries at 11 a.m. Finals will begin at 6 p.m. and all of tomorrow’s action can be seen on the Ivy League Digital Network.

Day Two Standings
1. Harvard, 924.5 pts.

2. Yale, 915.5 pts.
3. Princeton, 914.5 pts.
4. Penn, 664 pts.
5. Columbia, 543 pts.
6. Brown, 514 pts.
7. Cornell, 409 pts.
8. Dartmouth, 391.5 pts.

The Quakers started the day off with a fifth place finish in the 200 medley relay with a time of 1:41.65, but the 400 IM group added points in each of the three final races. In the C-Final, freshman Sydney Tan finished first with her time of 4:25.73, while senior Carly Gurick touched the wall third with her time of 4:28.87. Junior Megan Alexander added a fourth place finish in the B-Final, with a time of 4:23.17. The championship heat followed, where Grimes broke the school record set by Carey Stauder in 2011 (4:18.95) with her third-place finish of 4:17.91.

Sophomore Rochelle Dong and senior Taylor Sneed went two-three in the B-Final of the 100 fly. Dong finished 10th overall, touching the wall just one hundredth of a second behind Columbia’s Trudi Patrick at 54.72, while Sneed clocked at 55.02.

Four Quakers competed in the 200 free. Junior Meaghan Kwarcinski and senior Christina Hurley competed in the C-Final, while freshman Meagan Dollard raced in the B-Final. Freshman Virginia Burns competed in the championship final, finishing just two hundredths of a second behind Yale’s Kina Zhou in third place with a time of 1:48.04.

In the 100 breast, Tan took another first-place finish in the C-Final with her time of 1:05.52. Sophomore Haley Wickham competed in the final heat and finished fifth in 1:03.21.

For the final individual swimming event of the night, the 100 back, the Red and Blue were represented by four swimmers: senior Lauryn Brown, junior Lauren Church, Dong, and Sneed. Church and Brown finished one-two in the C-Final at 55.84 and 56.95 respectively, while Dong kept up the trend with a first-place finish of her own in the B-Final at 54.94. Sneed represented Penn in the championship heat, finishing fifth at 55.10.

Freshman Maggie Heller represented Penn in the consolation round of the 3-meter dive, scoring 246.00 points for a 13th-place finish.

The night ended with the 800 free relay, where the Quakers finished fourth with a time of 7:21.36.

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