Swimming Sweeps La Salle on Senior Day

PHILADELPHIA – It was a joyous “Senior Day” for the University of Pennsylvania men’s and women’s swimming programs, as both the men and women tallied victories over La Salle on Saturday at Sheerr Pool. Prior to the meet, the Quakers celebrated the final home meets for eight seniors on the men’s side, and six for the women.

The Red and Blue men notched 11 event wins, defeating the Explorers by a score of 165-123. It was more of the same on the women’s side, as the Quakers racked up nine triumphs en route to a 160-129 victory.

The meet began in grand fashion for the Quakers, as both 400-medley teams set new Sheerr Pool records. The squad of Libby Jardeleza, Lia Lombardi, Rochelle Dong, and Virginia Burns (3:52.51) registered the new mark for the women, while CJ Schaffer, Kyle Yu, Michael Wen, and Eric Schultz recorded the top time (3:19.83) on the men’s side.

From there, the wins kept coming for the Quakers. Senior Annie McCotter and sophomore Alex Peterson swept the 1,000-free events, each in dominant fashion. McCotter (10:22.07) edged the women’s field by over eight seconds, while Peterson (9:22.83) raced to a seven-second win over freshman Mark Andrew, who placed second.

The Quakers showed off the depth in the 200-free, finishing 1-2 on the men’s side and 1-2-3 for the women. Senior Morgan Scott raced to the title in 1:53.68, while Kevin Su posted a top time of 1:38.55.

Another 1-2-3 finish came in the men’s 50 breast. Freshman Colin McHugh paced a trio of Quakers, taking home first place with a time of 26.37.

Jimmy Jameson was also impressive, nabbing the crown in the 50 back. The junior touched the wall in 23.56, narrowly edging Schaffer, who finished second in the event. In the women’s 50 back, it was Libby Jardeleza taking the gold with a time of 27.42.

A day after setting a Sheerr Pool mark in the 400 IM, freshman Thomas Dillinger earned the title in the men’s 100 fly (51.02). Sophomore Annie Tran posted the top time (58.28) on the women’s side, leading the way in a 1-2-3 finish for Penn.

Chris Swanson put together the most dominant win of the day, and almost posted a new pool record in the process. The senior took the crown in the 500 free with a time of 4:27.32, over 13 seconds faster than the field. His mark was less than a second slower than the previous Sheerr mark, which was set in 1980.

On the diving side of things, the Red and Blue swept the one-meter events. Freshman Andrew Bologna compiled the top score (274.65) for the men, while classmate Sophia Heiser notched the win (247.72) for the women.

The Quakers will now have some time off, as they prepare for the Ivy League Championships. The women will compete for the conference title on February 18-20, while the men will head to Princeton the following weekend.