ANNAPOLIS, Md. – Highlighted by an ECAC record and NCAA-qualifying swim by sophomore Rochelle Dong, the University of Pennsylvania men’s and women’s swimming programs each finished fifth at the ECAC Championships over the weekend in Annapolis.
Dong clocked in at the top of the 50-free prelims with a time of 22.61, which was fast enough for an NCAA ‘B’ Cut, as well as a new ECAC record. She followed that up with a first-place finish in the finals, touching the wall in 22.73. Dong also placed second over the weekend in the 100 back, recording a time of 54.41.
In addition to the individual success, Dong was also a part of a second-place 200-free relay team. In one of the closest finishes of the three days, the foursome of Dong, Kimberly Phan, Meagan Dollard, and Laine Higgins finished 0.03 seconds behind the first-place squad from Virginia.
Other notable performers on the women’s side included the 800-free relay team of Morgan Scott, Emma Siewert, Meaghan Kwarcinski, Meagan Dollard. The foursome put together a second-place effort with a time of 7:26.29.
On the men’s side, the Quakers put together six top-four performances -- including a 2-3 finish in the 500 back. Senior Bradley Wachenfeld (2nd) and freshman Stephen Marcin (3rd) tallied respective times of 4:26.87 and 4:28.27.
Penn’s remaining success stemmed from a pair of third-place and fourth-place showings. Senior Sam Haley grabbed the bronze in the 200-fly, while Jordan Hurwitz raced to third place in the 200 breast. Sophomore Andrew Drummond placed fourth in the 1650, posting a time of 15:42.69.
In addition to the individual efforts, the Red nd Blue also compiled a fourth-place swim in the 800-free relay. The team of Wachenfeld, Drummond, Marcin, and Jack Scott notched a time of 6:44.59.