PHILADELPHIA – On Saturday, the University of Pennsylvania men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams will suit up for the final Ivy tri-meet before ending this year’s slate with a stretch of three nonconference contests. Taking on Harvard and Brown in the Katherine Moran Coleman Aquatics Center in Providence, R.I., the women will compete first at noon and the men will follow at 4 p.m.
The Quakers are coming off last Saturday’s split with Yale and Dartmouth, where both the men and women defeated the Big Green but fell to the Bulldogs. Freshman Virginia Burns and sophomore Rochelle Dong each contributed two event wins, in addition to swimming in the final event win in the 400 free relay. Burns won the 100 and 200 free and anchored the relay team, while Dong took the 50 free and 100 fly and swam the first leg of the relay. Junior Eric Schultz claimed the lone event win for the men, touching the wall first in the 50 free at 20.88.
The Crimson also competed last weekend, traveling to Durham, N.C. for a nonconference tri-meet with Duke and South Carolina. The men improved their record to 5-0 after sweeping the Blue Devils and Gamecocks, while the women were narrowly edged by Duke for their first loss of the season. They hold a 4-1 record.
While Penn and Harvard kicked off 2015 last weekend, the Bears return to action on Saturday to contend for the first time in the New Year. Having the longest stint off from competition out of the three Ivy teams, Brown last hit the pool as the host of the Brown Classic. The three-day event ended on Dec. 7 with the men finishing second to Princeton, and the women taking third behind Yale and Princeton.
Saturday’s meet will be the last time the Red and Blue will see an Ivy opponent until the women partake in the Ivy League Championships starting on Feb. 19. The men 's championships will begin Feb. 26.