PHILADELPHIA - Freshman Shelby Fortin set a school record in her first Ivy Championships swim and helped Penn to a fourth-place position after the first day of events at the Championships, held in Princeton.
In the preliminaries on Thursday morning, Fortin broke the school record in the 500-yard free by over one second with her time of 4:48.84. The time was good enough to be seeded second in the final heat. In the final the first-year put on a clinic, finishing the 20 laps in 4:43.27 and breaking her new school record by five seconds and defeating second-place finisher Molly Albrecht of Yale by nearly four seconds.
Fortin is only the fifth Quaker to win an event at the Championships and the first since Sarah Coenen won the 100-yard and 200-yard backstroke events as a sophomore in 2008. She is also the first Red and Blue swimmer to win the 500.
Senior Naomi Delphin placed seventh in the 500, finishing the event in 4:52.98. Freshman Kristi Edleson had the final top-12 individual finish on the day, taking 11th in the 500 with her time of 4:54.26.
Penn also set another school record in the 400-yard medley relay. The foursome of freshman Katherine Ashenfelter, senior Kelby Zimmerman, Delphin and Fortin finished in seventh, but broke a Red and Blue record by three seconds with their time of 3:46.18.
The Quakers are fourth after the first day of events with 216 points, just five short of Yale who sits in third.
Penn returns to the pool tomorrow at 11 a.m. for day two of the championships. Follow all of the action on the Ivy League's live blog and results page here.