Quakers Use All-Around Effort to Beat Navy


ANNAPOLOS, Md. - The University of Pennsylvania women's swimming and diving team defeated Navy, 157-100, on Saturday.The teams split the 16 events, but the Quakers had many key second and third-place finishes that led to the victory.

Penn started out the afternoon by winning the first three events -- the Quakers wonthe 200-meter medley relay, asStephanie Colson, Megan Carlin, Tara Gillies and Jessica Aielloclocked 2:01.95.Theresa Altieri (9:08.03) took the 800 freestyle, and Margot Newcomer (2:07.99) placed firstin the 200 freestyle. Also in the 200 freestyle, Lauren Bergstrom (2:08.70) and Cameron Villarreal (2:09.75) finished second and third, respectively.

The Quakers picked up a combined 18 points in the 100 backstroke and the 100 breaststroke by taking second through fourth place in both. The Red and Blue gave themselves a bigger cushion with two more victories --Alison Bretherick inthe 200 butterfly(2:23.04)and Sara Aiello in the 50 freestyle (27.85). Penn also picked up two more second-place finishes and a third-place finish in the butterfly and freestyle.

Hayley Wolfgruber (2:22.11) gave the Quakers their next victory, this time in the 200 backstroke. Erica Gentilucci finished a close second at2:22.69.

The Red and Blue's most dominant performance came in the 400 freestyle, where theytook the top four spots thanks toNewcomer (4:25.64), Bergstrom (4:28.77), Nicole Malgeri (4:31.42) and Lauren Talman (4:40.14). Aiello(1:07.47) picked up her second victory of the day in the 100 butterfly.

In the 1-meter diving, Janis Scanlon (232.87) and Kate McArdle (2:24.47) combined for seven points. Kelly Tek (246.97) and Scanlon (2:43.23) gave Penn seven more points in the 3-meter diving. Although Navy won the final three events, it was too little too late as the Quakers shored up the victory with a solidall-around performance.

The Red and Blue will be in action again Friday, Feb. 3 at 6 p.m. when they host West Chester. It will be Penn's first home meet since Dec. 10 and the Quakers'last meet before the Ivy League Championships (Feb. 23-25).