PHILADELPHIA - It was a 50/50 split for both men's and women's swim teams today, as both Quaker squads beat Dartmouth and lost close meets to Yale.
The men beat Dartmouth, 231.5-68.50 and the women beat the Big Green, 233-67. But the Yale Bulldogs were too strong for the Quakers, as both teams lost a close meet, the men by a score of 168-132, and the women 196.50-102.
For the women, freshman Sara Coenen had another big meet, as she came in first place in both the 100 back and the 200 back, breaking school records in both events, as well as Sheerr Pool records in both events. In the 100-yard backstroke, she came in first place with a final time of 56.91, beating competitors from both Dartmouth and Yale. And in the 200-yard backstroke, she beat everyone again, coming in first with a final time of 2:01.09.
Coenen’s classmate Stephanie Nerby also had a big finish for Penn, as she took first against Dartmouth and Yale in the 200-yard butterfly. She finished with a final time of 2:04.87, just fourth-tenths of a second from breaking the school record of 2:04.4. And Lauren Brandes, another freshman, had a big first place finish against both the Bulldogs and the Big Green in the 50 free, as she won with a time of 24.32.
Senior diver Janis Scanlon also earned points for Penn as she took first place in both the one- and three-meter diving events. In the one-meter, she finished with a final score of 263.60, and in the three-meter, she had a final score of 255.25.
The women’s 400 free relay team also had a big first place finish against Yale and Dartmouth, as the squad of Stephanie Colson, Tara Gillies, Brandes and Coenen came in at 3:33.15, just one-tenth of a second ahead of the Yale squad, who finished in 3:33.23.
For the men, Joe Griffith and Devon Carr took first and second place in the 200-yard butterfly against Dartmouth, with times of 1:53.97 and 1:54.06. In the 200 free, Patrick Gallagher had a first place finish against Dartmouth, and second against Yale, with a final time of 1:42.72. Gallagher also had a close race in the 100 free, as he took second against Yale by just one second, finishing with a final time of 46.70.
In the 100-yard backstroke, the men’s team swept the top three spots against Dartmouth, as Larkin MacDonald took first in 53.39, Chris Weitekamp took second in 53.63, and Ted Rainaud placed third, with a time of 53.75.
And in the 400 free relay, the men took first against Dartmouth. The group of Carr, Kyle Loughran, Brad Ferris and Gallagher finished first with a final time of 3:12.58.
Up next, the men’s and women’s teams will host Navy on Saturday, Jan. 27, with the men starting at noon, and the women’s meet starting at 3 p.m.