Cambridge, Mass. The University of Pennsylvania women’s swimming and diving team will be competing in the Ivy League Championships at Harvard’s Blodgett Pool from Thursday through Saturday. The entire Ivy League will be aiming for defending champions Harvard. The Crimson plowed through the Ivy schedule for its second-straight undefeated season.
Last season, the Quakers had their best finish in program history at the Ivy Championships taking fifth place with 937.50 points over the three-day event. Megan Carlin was the team’s top finisher with a third-place finish in the 100 breaststroke.
Penn finished the regular season 8-4 overall and 3-4 in the Ivy League, good enough for fifth in the standings. The Red and Blue had tough losses to Columbia (147-153) and Brown (120-123) which came down to the final relay. The Quakers bright spot in the Ivy season came against Yale. Penn defeated the Bulldogs, 151.50-148.50. It was the program’s first win over Yale in 18 years and second win in the 35-year history of women’s swimming in the Ivy League.
The Quakers are sending 17 swimmers and three divers to Cambridge. The Red and Blue will be led by Cameron Villareal, who was a medalist in the 500 free and the 1,000 free in 2005. The second fastest distance swimmer in Penn history, Villareal was a finalist in the 500 and 1,000 free in 2004 as well.
Also looking to make a push are juniors Alison Bretherick and Margot Newcomer. Bretherick holds the school records in the 200 and 400 IM. Newcomer also has plenty of championships experience. The Prarie Village, Kan. native was a finalist in the 500 free and a five-time consolation finalist in the 400 IM, 200 back and 200 breast.
Janis Scanlon, Kelly Tek and Kate McArdle will make up the diving squad for Penn. Scanlon will led the divers. She’s a two-year Ivy consolation finalist.
For up to the second results and live webcam click here. A full recap of the morning heats will appear on www.pennathletics.com followed by an evening recap for all three days.