PITTSBURGH, Pa. – On the other side of the state, members of the University of Pennsylvania men’s and women’s swimming teams competed in the Eastern College Atlantic Conference Open Swimming and Diving Championships. Hosted by the University of Pittsburgh in Trees Pool, the women ended the three-day event in third with 437 points, while the men finished seventh with 264.
Both sides took multiple top-five finishes over the three days, and the women also took gold in the 400 free relay.
In the final race of the three-day event, the women’s 400 free relay team – senior Irene Katopodis, freshman Kim Phan, sophomore Laine Higgins, and senior Bernadette D’Alonzo – finished on top, besting their prelim time of 3:30.13. The four Quakers swam a 3:26.46, beating Pitt by two tenths of a second, and earned 40 team points.
On the first day,the women’s 200 free relay and 400 medley relay teams took second and freshman Kristen Moss finished third in the 500 free.
The 200 free relay team of Pan, Katopodis, senior D’Alonzo, and Higgins started the evening off by earning 34 points with their second place time of 1:33.72. The Quakers finished just 0.52 hundredths of a second behind first place Pitt (1:33.20). The 400 medley relayteam of senior Elyssa Pedote, sophomore Lia Lombardi, sophomore Laine Higgins, and senior Irene Katopodis also finished second, when they closed out the evening with a time of 3:51.61.
While the 200 free relay and 400 medley relay teams finished second, the 800 free relay group – junior Emma Siewert, freshman Madi Dirks, D’Alonzo, and Moss – added a fifth-place finish with their time of 7:38.52.
In the championship finals of the 500 free, Moss touched the wall at 4:55.80 for bronze and 16 team points. Siewert competed in the heat, finishing fifth in 5:00.30. Moss added another top-five finish, placing second in the 1650 free with a time of 16:54.22, earning 17 team points.
Katopodis also added 17 points to the team total, after earning silver with her time of 51.01 in the 100 free.
On the men’s side, the Red and Blue collected five top-five finishes. The 200 free relay team of sophomore Kevin Su, junior Kevin Intrieri, senior Konner Scott, and junior Bobby Francis recorded a time of 1:22.97 and a fourth place finish.
Francis also collected a fourth-place finish of his own, swimming in the championship final of the 200 IM in 1:50.18. His finished earned 14 team points. Francis also added another two top five finishes in the 100 breast and 200, with his times of 55.75 and 2:01.81 respectively.
The 400 medley relay team wrapped up the night. Junior Brian Foley, Francis, junior Sam Haley, and Su finished fifth, clocking at 3:22.25.
Foley also added an individual top-five finish, placing fourth in the 200 back with a time of 1:48.81.