Ivy League Championship Results
PRINCETON, N.J. - The Penn women's swimming and diving team completed a successful trip to the Ivy League Championships on Saturday when they finished fifth. In the process, they set seven school records and won two individual Ivy championships.
Sara Coenen was the most decorated Quaker of the weekend. After setting a school record with her first-place 100-back time on Friday, Coenen followed that up with a victorious time in the 200-back on Saturday of 1:58.57. Not only did the swim set a school record and NCAA B-cut standard, Coenen's time set an Ivy League Championship meet record.
Ainsley Cookingham finished sixth in the event, swimming a 2:04.83. "A couple of years ago, Ainsley would have won with that time," head coach Mike Schnur said. "She is a tremendous backstroker, one of the best in Penn history. That is just an indication of how much better the league is getting."
Sarah Ernst was the top Quaker finisher in Saturday's opening event, the 1650-free. She finished tenth in 17:09.05. Lindsey Gottschalk finished 15th in 17:36.87.
After Coenen claimed victory in the 200-fly, Amy Reams and Andrea Balint swam in the championship final of the 100-free. Reams, who had set a school record on Friday in the 50-free, took sixth in the 100-free, swimming a 51.68. Balint finished eighth in 51.74.
In the consolation final, Lauren Brandes finished 13th in 51.72.
Megan Carlin and Kelby Zimmerman took two of the top three spots in the 200-breast. Carlin finished second in 2:21.30, while Zimmerman claimed third in 2:22.63. Carey Stauder won the C-final of the event, swimming a 2:23.52.
In the 200-fly, Naomi Delphin set the fifth and final individual school record of the meet for Penn. Delphin, who qualified for the championship final withthe record-settingprelim time of 2:03.87, swam a 2:04.59 in the final to take sixth place. Stephanie Nerby finished tenth overall in 2:04.32, and Katherine Donohue took 20th in 2:08.98.
The meet closed with the 400-free relay, and what better way for the Quakers to end the championship meet than with another school record. Amy Reams, Lauren Brandes, Andrea Balint and Sara Coenen raced out to a 3:26.20, good for third place in the event and clinching fifth place overall in the championships for the Quakers.