PHILADELPHIA – With the regular Ivy season wrapped up, the University of Pennsylvania men’s and women’s swimming & diving teams will finish out its slates by hosting the first of three nonconference matchups on Saturday. In the final home meet of the season, the Quakers are set to host a combined meet with Delaware at Sheerr Pool. A short ceremony honoring the seniors will take place before action begins at noon.
After last weekend’s final Ivy tri-meet of the season, both the men and the women ended their seasons on the same note: a win over Brown paired with a loss to Harvard. Sophomores Ellie Grimes and Rochelle Dong gave the women two event wins, while junior captains Chris Swanson and Eric Schultz combined for the men’s three event victories. Freshman Alex Peterson also had a standout performance and was named ECAC South Division Rookie of the Week for placing second to Swanson in the 1000 free and 500 free in addition to a second-place finish in the 400 IM.
Just as the Red and Blue both split last weekend, the Blue Hens are coming off a pair of victories over St. Peter’s and Iona. The men defeated the Peacocks 187-98 and the Gaels by a margin of 221-72, while the women broke 200 points against both teams, topping St. Peter’s 200-80 and Iona 226-68. In addition, junior diver Patrick McCann swept the diving events in the tri-meet and was selected as the Colonial Athletic Association Men’s Diver of the Week on Monday.
The 16 seniors being recognized prior to the start of the meet areAlex Elias, Mike McElduff, Dillon McHugh, Alex Porter, Sam Ruddy, Konner Scott, Eric Vanden Noort, Emily Ashton, Lauryn Brown, Bernadette D'Alonzo, Zoe Gan, Carly Gurick, Christina Hurley, Irene Katopodis, Elyssa Pedote, and Taylor Sneed. On top of the competition versus Delaware, Saturday will prove to be a memorable day in recognition of these exceptional senior student-athletes.