PHILADELPHIA – The University of Pennsylvania men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams are ready to hit the water and prepare for the upcoming season. This year’s slate once again includes the Total Performance Invitational at Kenyon College and meets with non-conference opponents La Salle, West Chester, and the University of Connecticut. Both the men and women will also compete in three Ivy League tri-meets as well as the ECAC Championships, a new addition to the schedule, which will be held at the University of Pittsburgh.
The women are first to get the season underway and do so by hosting Columbia in Sheerr Pool on Nov. 7. It will be a quick turn-around for the Quakers, as the men join the women in hosting the first combined meet of the season on Nov. 9. The women look to repeat last year’s outcome, while the men will be looking for revenge. The Red and Blue opened last year’s season on the same date, where the Huskies won the final event of the evening to claim the meet victory, 153-147, in Storrs, Conn. On Nov. 14, the men will have their dual with the Lions at Uris Pool starting at 6 p.m.
Before the Quakers close out the year at the Total Performance Invitational from Dec. 4-6, Penn will travel to Princeton on Nov. 21 for an Ivy League tri-meet with Cornell.
The Red and Blue kick off the New Year with its second Ivy League tri-meet at Dartmouth with Yale on Jan. A week later, the Quakers will compete with the final Ivy opponents, Brown and Harvard, on Jan. 17 at Brown’s Katherine Moran Coleman Aquatics Center.
Penn will host Delaware for its final home dual meet of the season on Jan. 24, and finish the regular season on the road with West Chester and La Salle on Jan. 30-31, respectively.
After a few weeks off from competition, the Ivy League Swimming & Diving Championships begin. The women make the trip to Harvard from Feb. 19-21, while the men will compete at Princeton from Feb. 26-28. At last year’s championship, the women finished fifth and the men finished third – its best team finish since placing fourth in 2009.
ECAC Championships will be held at Pitt’s Tree’s Pool from Feb. 27-March 1. The last time Penn participated in ECAC’s was during the 2009-10 season, which was also hosted by the Panthers.
This year’s Women’s NCAA Championship will be held in Greensboro, N.C. from March 19-21. The men’s championship will follow a week later, March 26-28, in Iowa City, Iowa.