PHILADELPHIA – On the eve of the men’s championships in Providence, Head Coach Mike Schnur of the University of Pennsylvania’s swimming and diving programs was named the 2016 Ivy League Women’s Coach of the Year on Wednesday. Schnur led the Quakers to a fourth-place finish at the Ivies last weekend, breaking seven school records in the process.
“Being named Coach of the Year is a great honor, one that I appreciate very much,” said Coach Schnur. “It’s really a testament to what a terrific bunch of women we have representing Penn. I am extremely humbled, and very proud of our team.”
Schnur has been at the forefront of a women’s program that has steadily improved during his 16-year tenure as head coach. The Quakers registered the second-highest Ivy score in program history (1,025) last weekend, highlighted by sophomore Virginia Burns winning her second-straight 500-free title.
In addition to Burns’ heroics on Day One in Princeton, Penn snapped seven school records against the Ancient Eight. Haley Wickham (100 breast) and Ellie Grimes (400 IM) each upped their own school marks, while Libby Jardeleza broke teammate Rochelle Dong’s 100-back record. Grimes also reset her own Penn record in the 200 breast, while Libby Jardeleza raced to the Penn mark in the 200 back (1:57.49).
Freshman Nancy Hu set a new school record in the 200 fly during the morning prelims of Day Three, swimming a time of 1:58.40.
To go along with the individual success, the Red and Blue also notched a school mark in the 800-free relay. The team of Burns, Madison Visco, Mary Whiting, and Ryan Alexander clocked a top time of 7:14.21.
In addition to the announcement of the Ivy League's major awards, the all-conference honorees were also officially named. Burns earned first-team All-Ivy in the 500 free and second-team honors in the 200 free. Visco took home second-team accolades in both the 500 and 1,000 free, while Dong snagged second-team honors in the 50 free.
The Quakers will be back at it this weekend, sending 17 swimmers to the ECAC Championships in Annapolis.