PHILADELPHIA – The first of three scheduled Ivy tri-meets for the University of Pennsylvania men’s and women’s swimming & diving teams will take place Friday afternoon when the Quakers square off with both Princeton and Cornell at DeNunzio Pool. Action is set to begin at 3 p.m.
All of the action between the Red and Blue, Tigers, and Big Red can be seen on the Ivy League Digital Network.
Last Time at the Pool
The women will compete outside of Sheerr Pool for the first time this season, after notching two wins at home. The Quakers started the season with a 215-85 win over Columbia, winning all 16 events and breaking five pool records in the process, and added a second win a few days later over Connecticut, 169-131.
The men also recorded a win over the Huskies, 172-125, claiming their revenge from last year when UConn defeated the Red and Blue in the last seconds of the final relay for a 153-147 win. This time around, Penn had locked down the win before the 400 free relay and swam it as an exhibition heat.
At Columbia, the Quakers took seven of the 16 events and were 23 points shy of taking the win over the Ivy rival, 136.5-159.5.
Scouting Princeton and Cornell
Going into the meet on Friday, both the men’s and women’s squads from Princeton and Cornell have identical records. The Tigers (1-1) have yet to face another member of the Ancient Eight and will be doing so as they compete in their own pool for the first time this season. The Big Red (2-1, 1-1) will be contending in their second Ivy tri-meet of the season, having already swam against Harvard and Dartmouth.
Both squads from Princeton fell to nationally ranked Ohio State but earned wins over Denison during the Ohio State Open. The men fell to OSU, 136-209, and defeated Denison, 262-91; the women were outscored by the Buckeyes by almost 100 points, 121-226, but claimed a win over DU by over 200 points, 284-69.
Cornell’s men and women opened their seasons with wins over Binghamton, while most recently, the Big Red split a tri-meet with Harvard and Dartmouth in Cambridge. The men won seven total races to top the Big Green 213-87 but fall to the Crimson 169-131, while the women took eight events. Their 216-84 win over Dartmouth was an improvement upon last year’s 20 point score difference, while the 144-156 loss to Harvard was a smaller margin than the previous meeting’s score (191-109) between the two.
The Quakers, Tigers, and Big Red all met last year in Ithaca where the men went 1-1 and the women went 0-2. Penn’s men found success against Cornell, defeating the Big Red 187-113, but came up short against Princeton, 123-172. Unfortunately for the women, they returned to Philadelphia without a win over either Ivy competitor, as the Quakers were outscored 92-208 by the Tigers and 92.5-207.5 by the Big Red.
While Cornell’s men were also unable to capture a win over Princeton, falling 92-203, the women came out on top in a close battle with the Tigers, 156-144.
Princeton, 2-0 Cornell, 2-0
Penn, 1-1 Princeton, 1-1
Cornell, 0-2 Penn, 0-2