PRINCETON, N.J. - The Penn women's swimming team got off to a strong start at the Ivy Championships Thursday as three swimmers set new school records. Amy Reams, Sara Coenen and Stephanie Nerby can now all find their names atop the Penn record lists. At the end of the first day of competition, the Quakers found themselves in fourth place with a score of 235.5. Princeton leads the event with a combined score of 521.5.
Stephanie Nerby was the first Quaker to set a record as shewon the C-finals of the 500-free in 4:53.02, good for an NCAA B-cut time. Also in the 500-free, Naomi Delphin won the consolation finals in 4:53.99, also good for a B-cut time. Sarah Ernst finished 15th overall, swimming a 4:59.38 in the consolation finals.
In the 50-free, Amy Reams swam a 23.59 to earn a spot in the championship finals. In the finals, she swam a school-record 23.54 to take fourth place overall. Lauren Brandes tied for fifth in the consolation finals, swimming a 23.88. In the C-final, Andrea Balint swam a 24.16 to take second place, 18th overall.
The 400-medley relay team of Sara Coenen, Kelby Zimmerman, Ainsley Cookingham and Balint ended up taking fourth place in 3:50.31. They were keyed by the fast start of Coenen, who set a school record for the 100-back with her opening sprint of 55.79.
Previously, Coenen had taken seventh overall in the 200-IM when she swam a 2:06.19. Also in that event, Carey Stauder finished second in the C-final and 18th overall with a 2:07.14. Meghan Barron was 22nd with a timeof 2:08.79.
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All results for the weekend can be found at http://www.collegeswimming.us/results/princeton/.