Total Performance Day 3: WSwimming Captures Title

GAMBIER, Ohio – After the third and final day of competition, the Total Performance Invitational came to a close on Saturday evening in the Kenyon Athletic Center with the University of Pennsylvania women’s swimming team capturing its fifth straight win in Gambier, Ohio. Hosted by Kenyon College, the women finished the meet with 2,412 points, 400 points ahead of second place Kenyon (2,012). Johns Hopkins finished third with 1,376, then Davidson in fourth (943), Carnegie Mellon fifth (814), DePauw sixth (510), and Grove City rounded out the scored in last with 494. The Quakers close out 2013 on a high note as they prepare for the second half of the season.

The women’s 200 medley relay started the evening and set the tone for the remaining events. Seeded first with an entry time of 1:43.52, the “A” team – sophomore Lauren Church, freshman Haley Wickham, freshman Rochelle Dong, junior Irene Katopodis –dropped 0.61 and finished the race at 1:42.91, beating Kenyon by 0.29. The “B” team – junior Lauryn Brown, senior Anne Maercklein, junior Taylor Sneed, and junior Christina Hurley placed fourth behind Johns Hokpins at 1:45.62.

Senior Shelby Fortin captured her first individual event win of the meet in the 500 free, as she swam a 4:51.21 to break the pool and meet record. Fortin dropped 4.79 seconds from her entry time of 4:56.00 and finished 2.94 seconds before Kenyon’s Mariah Williamson. Following Williamson to take third was senior Kristi Edleson at 4:55.64, who dropped 2.82 seconds off her entry time.

Penn captured a two, three finish in the 200 back from Church (2:01.45) and Fortin (2:03.40). The two Quakers were followed up by sophomore Megan Alexander in fifth (2:04.47) and then Brown (2:04.72).

Breaking her first collegiate pool and meet record at Kenyon, Dong swam the 100 fly in 53.74, dropping 1.47 seconds off her entry time. It was 2.20 seconds before the next swimmer, Shirley Chan of Johns Hopkins, completed the race.

Another young swimmer, Wickham, placed within the top three of the 200 breast. Wickham touched the wall, after Kenyon’s Katie Kaestner and Davidson’s Katy Williams, at 2:21.01. Three Quakers then came in fifth, sixth, and seventh – freshman Lia Lombardi (2:22.26), senior Katherine Ashenfelter (2:23.14), and Maercklein (2:24.41).

Johns Hopkins took first in event 31, the 100 free, with its swimmer finishing just.046 before Katopodis who dropped 1.39 off of her entry time. Katopodis completed the race at 50.70. Fortin followed at 50.84 and placed third.

The Red and Blue took another two, three finish in the 200 IM. Ashenfelter dropped her 2:08.10 entry time down to 2:06.15 and finished second. Behind her in third was freshman Ellie Grimes, who completed the race at 2:06.21. Also competing in the race was Alexander, who finished in sixth place at 2:08.54.

Penn concluded the day and invitational with a second place finish in the 400 free relay, just 0.77 behind Johns Hopkins. The “A” team – Dong, Katopodis, Hurley, Fortin -- dropped 2.71 seconds to finish at 3:25.04. The “B” team – sophomore Emma Siewert, Church, Brown, and junior Hayley Springman -- placed seventh with a time of 3:30.68, dropping 3.19 seconds off their 3:33.87 entry time.

The Quakers will compete again after the New Year, when they travel to New Haven, Connecticut for an Ivy tri-meet with Yale and Dartmouth on Janurary 11.

Final Team Scores


1. Penn 2,412

2. Kenyon 2,012

3. Johns Hopkins 1,376

4. Davidson 943

5. Carnegie Mellon 814

6. DePauw 510

7. Grove City 494

Download: TPSC Inv Combined Final Results.pdf