Freshman Swimmer Sets New School Record

PHILADELPHIA - Freshman Sara Coenen made quite a mark in her debut as a Penn swimmer, in the team's 198-100 loss to Harvard this weekend. She not only won both backstroke events, she also beat a defending Ivy League champion, and broke a school record.

Coenencrushed Megan Daney's 2003 record of 2:03.72 in the 200-yard backstroke, by swimming a 2:01.35. She beat Harvard junior Lindsay Hart by almost a full second, an impressive feat, considering Hart is the defending Ivy champ in backstroke. Coenenis currently ranked in the top-20 ofDivision I swimmers in the event.

Coenen also beat Hart in the100-yard backstroke by three-tenths of a second, taking first placewith a time of 57.43.

Coenen and her teammates will take to the water again next weekend, as they take on Lehigh and Rider on Saturday in Lawrenceville, N.J.