Swimming and Diving Ready for Final Home Meets

PHILADELPHIA – It is Senior Weekend for the men’s and women’s swimming and diving programs, as the Quakers experience their final two home meets of the season. West Chester will visit Sheerr Pool on Friday night (5 p.m.), followed by a matchup against La Salle on Saturday (noon). Penn’s 14 seniors from both the men’s and women’s teams will be celebrated prior to the meet against the Explorers.

The Quakers haven’t seen action since January 16, when each squad split an Ivy tri-meet with Harvard and Brown. Although most of Penn’s teams were off last week due to the snow storm, Coach Schnur and the Quakers had a scheduled off week.

The women’s squad recorded a 176-124 triumph over Brown, but fell short of the Crimson by a score of 192-108. On the men’s side, the Quakers defeated the Bears by a score of 207.5-90.5, but fell to Harvard, 192-108.

Junior Rochelle Dong paced the women, picking up three individual wins. Dong darted to triumphs in both the 50 and 100 free, clocking top times of 23.24 and 51.32 respectively. She followed that up by swimming to the 100-fly crown, touching the wall in 55.57. Dong was rewarded for her efforts by being named CollegeSwimming.com’s Ivy League Swimmer of the Week.

The 500 free provided the most success for the Quakers as a whole, with freshman Madison Visco and sophomore Virginia Burns placing 1-2 in the event. Visco raced to the title with a time of 4:56.39, while Burns registered a mark of 4:57.14 to finish second.

Senior Chris Swanson led the way for the Quakers, sweeping both distance events. A week after breaking the Sheerr Pool in the 1,000 free, senior Chris Swanson grabbed the crown once again with a time of 9:10.11.

Swanson followed that up with a title in the 500 free, and in turn, joined Dong as CollegeSwimming.com’s Ivy League Swimmer of the Week.

The 200 free yielded the best results for the Quakers as a team, with Kevin Su and Mark Andrew finishing 1-2 in the event. Su edged the field with a time of 1:38.98, while Andrew touched the wall in 1:40.68.

Other winners for Penn included senior Eric Schultz and freshman Thomas Dillinger. Schultz came away with a triumph in the 100 free with a time of 45.22, narrowly edging Harvard’s Paul O’Hara (45.22). Dillinger took the 200-IM crown, recording a winning time of 1:50.62.