Sara Coenen Wins Ivy Title in 100 Backstroke

Ivy League Championship Results

PRINCETON, N.J. - The Penn women's swimming and diving team sits infourth place after the second day of competition at the Ivy League Championships, but sophomore Sara Coenen is already an Ivy League champion.

In the 100 back, Coenen swam a 55.21 in the preliminaries to earn a spot in the championship final on Friday evening. That time was a new personal record. Then in that final, she cruised to the Ivy League title with a 55.52, good for an NCAA B-cut standard time.

Ainsley Cookingham finished seventh in the event, swimming a 57.83 in the final.

Before Coenen's record swim, Naomi Delphin got the Quakers started when she finished third in the consolation final, 11th overall, in the 1000 free. She swam a 10:08.32, just ahead of Sarah Ernst, who swam a 10:10.08 to finish 12th.

Carey Stauder finished eighth overall in the 400 IM, swimming a 4:32.47. Katherine Donohue took 14th overall in the event, swimming a 4:35.41.

In the 100 butterfly, Ainsley Cookingham put points on the board for the Quakers when she finished 13th in 57.56.

The Quakers had their best showing of the day in the 200 free, where three swimmers advanced to the championship final. Stephanie Nerby finished sixth overall with a 1:50.88. Right behind her were Andrea Balint in seventh (1:52.02) and Lauren Bergstrom in eighth (1:52.27). In the consolation final, Lauren Brandes finished 11th overall in 1:52.18 and Amy Reams took 13th in 1:53.52.

Three Penn swimmers made the consolation final of the 100 breast. Megan Carlin won the consolation final to take ninth overall, swimming a 1:04.88. Kelby Zimmerman finished 11th in 1:05.60, and Lindsey Gottschalk took 14th in 1:06.39.

The day concluded with the 800 free relay, where Penn took third. The team of Stephanie Nerby, Lauren Brandes, Lauren Bergstrom, and Andrea Balint swam a 7:27.76 to take third.

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