Swimming and Diving Ready for Ivy Tri-Meet at Cornell


PHILADELPHIA - Fresh off wins against local rival Villanova, the University of Pennsylvania men's and women's swimming and diving teams are both set for their first Ivy League tri-meet, facing off against Princeton and Cornell in Ithaca, N.Y. Diving is set to begin Friday, Nov. 18 at 5 p.m. The women kick things off Saturday, Nov. 19 at 11 a.m. in swimming, while the men will follow at 3 p.m.

About the Quakers (Men)
Penn took home its second non-conference victory of the year, defeating the Villanova Wildcats 176.50-118.50 on the road last weekend. The Quakers now sit at 2-1 and are seeking their first Ivy League win of the season. Kevin Su and CJ Schaffer both dominated their respective races against Nova, earning two first-place finishes each. Mark Andrew featured strong performances in the first meet of the season, at Army West Point. 

John-Michael Diveris has performed well early in his career on the diving board, while Andrew Bologna has also taken home wins. 

Scouting the Opposition
The Big Red enter the weekend's meet with a 1-1 record, having defeated Dartmouth 176-123 while falling to Harvard 198-96. Penn trails the overall series with Cornell by a mark of 27-54. Princeton has competed in one meet this year, hosting the Big Al Open a week ago. 

About the Quakers (Women)
Penn brings an undefeated 3-0 mark to Teagle Pool this weekend, having defeated Army West Point, Columbia and Villanova on the year. Last time out, the Red and Blue proved victorious over the Wildcats by a tight 160-140 margin. The women have boasted depth across the board, as against Villanova, each individual first-place finish came from someone different. The Quakers are undefeated in relay events this season, taking home first place every time out. Veterans Rochelle Dong and Virginia Burns have led the squad, while freshmen Serena Xue and Grace Ferry have impressed in freestyle events. 

Cassidy Golden and Sivan Mills have paced Penn on the diving board, as each traded second and third-place finishes last time out. 

Scouting the Opposition
Similar to their male counterparts, the women of Cornell are 1-1 on the year after taking down Dartmouth 188-111 and losing to Harvard 198-94. The Quakers are 25-11-1 against the Big Red dating back to 1979-80. Princeton hosted the Big Al Open at their home pool, with several strong performances across the board.