Swimming and Diving Face Rival Villanova Saturday


PHILADELPHIA - The University of Pennsylvania men's and women's swimming and diving teams return to the pool for the second time this season, set to battle Big 5 rival Villanova on Saturday, Nov. 11 with diving events slated to begin at 10 a.m. 

About the Quakers (Men)
The men's squad went 1-1 after its first meet of the year, defeating Army West Point on the road while falling in a tight, down-to-the-wire competition to Ivy League foe Columbia. Sophomore Mark Andrew captured first place in two events against the Black Knights and the Lions winning the 200-yd individual medley and 500-yd freestyle. Andrew was joined with two wins from Thomas Dillinger in the 50-yd and 100-yd freestyles, while Kevin Su won the 200-yd freestyle with a time of 1:38.61. 

Scouting the Wildcats
The Villanova men are 1-3 entering Saturday's meet, owning a win over Georgetown with losses to Drexel, La Salle and Seton Hall. Last year, the Quakers downed the Wildcats by a score of 139-116. 

About the Quakers (Women)
Penn went 2-0 in its first meet of the year, defeating both Army West Point (203-97) and Columbia (173.50-126.50). Virginia Burns returned to the pool in strong fashion, picking up right where she left off a year ago, taking home first in three events over the weekend. The Red and Blue capped strong performances in winning both relay events against the Black Knights and the Lions, while senior Rochelle Dong, junior Annie Tran and freshman Serena Xue added sprint victories of their own. 

Scouting the Wildcats
The Villanova women boast an impressive 5-0 mark on the year with wins over Philadelphia squads La Salle and Drexel, as well as a weekend sweep over Georgetown, Seton Hall and Rutgers last time out. The Red and Blue defeated Nova 176-121 a season ago.