Swimming and Diving Prepares for Philadelphia Relays

PHILADELPHIA - The University of Pennsylvania swimming and diving programs are set to begin their 2016-17 seasons on Friday, competing at the Philadelphia Relays hosted by La Salle. 

The Quakers will square off against the host Explorers along with fellow local rivals Villanova and Drexel at Kirk Pool in the opening exhibition of the season.

On the men's side, Penn returns four swimmers who advanced to the NCAA Championships in Atlanta, Ga. last season. Mark Andrew qualified for four separate events for the Quakers (200 IM, 400 IM, 100 free and 400-free relay) and boasted one Ivy League title to his name in the 400 IM, setting a new conference record in the process with a time of 4:43.53. Alex Peterson competed in the 500 free, the 400 IM and the 1650 at the NCAA Championships. 

Senior Kevin Su and sophomore Thomas Dillinger joined Andrew and Eric Schultz in the 400-free relay. The men look to build on the historic success of last season that culminated in graduated senior Chris Swanson taking home the school's first ever national championship in the 1650. 

The women's team also featured strong success last season, finishing fourth at the Ivy League Championship and surpassing 1,000 points for just the second time in program history. Freshman Nancy Hu set a school record in the 200y fly and took third-place overall in the process. Libby Jardeleza also broke a Penn record, in the 200y backstroke. Ellie Grimes claimed fifth in the 200y breaststroke, notching a school record in the process as well. Virginia Burns led the way for the Quakers, earning an Ivy Championship in the 500y freestyle.