Penn Misses Victory by Narrowest of Margins


NEW YORK, N.Y. - The University of Pennsylvania women's swimming and diving team lost to Columbia on Friday night 153-147. Penn was leading 143-140 heading into the final event and whichever team won the 200-freestyle would take the meet.

The Quakers started off the night by winning the 200-yard medley. Stephanie Colson, Megan Carlin, Tara Gillies and Laura Hotaling took the event in 1:48.83. Gillies (1:00.9) and Hayley Wolfgruber (1:00.28) took the top two spots in the 100-yard backstroke. The Red and Blue's next victory came in the 200-yard butterfly when Alison Bretherick (2:07.18) gave Penn nine points.

In the 1-meter diving, Janis Scanlon (2:54.40) gave the Quakers nine more points. Wolfgruber (2:07.40) picked up the win the 200-yard backstroke and Bretherick (2:09.53) won the 200-yard IM. Penn held the three point advatage heading into the final event. The Lions took the 200-freestyle to win the match by six points.

The Red and Blue will be in action again when they host Harvard on Saturday, December 10 at noon at Sheerr Pool.

Written by Matt Kirsch, athletic communications assistant