VILLANOVA, Pa. - The University of Pennsylvania women's swimming and diving squad improved upon its strong start to the season with a 160-140 victory over Big 5 rival Villanova on Saturday. The Quakers racked up eight first-place finishes in the win, including taking the top spot in both relay events.
Each individual first-place finish was notched by a different swimmer for the Red and Blue. Grace Ferry and Serena Xue, both freshman, collected top finishes in the 1000-yd freestyle (10:14.45) and 200-yd breaststroke (2:23.04) respectively. Xue edged out teammate Ellie Grimes who clocked in right behind the rookie at 2:23.80, while Wendy Yang finished 3rd in the 1000 free.
Haley Wickham tallied a first-place performance in the 100-yd breaststroke with a time of 1:05.56, just ahead of Linda Zhang who finished right behind in second at 1:06.30.
Penn dominated the freestyle events against the Wildcats, as Rochelle Dong captured first in the 50-yd free with a mark of 23.46, while teammate Yang came in third at 23.99. Dong also placed in the 100-yd free, clocking in third with a time of 52.03. Virginia Burns notched her lone top finish of the meet in the 500-yd free, edging out Madison Visco by just .35 at 4:58.35. Burns also came in second in the 200-yd free with a time of 1:51.52.
The final individual first-place time against Villanova came from Yang, who's time of 56.36 in the 100-yd butterfly was good for top marks.
The Quakers took home first in both relay events, as the team of Yang, Meredith Newman, Kim Phan and Burns captured the best time in the 200-yd freestyle relay at 1:34.67, while Wickham, Libby Jardeleza, Yang and Dong notched first in the 200-yd medley relay at 1:45.12.
The Jardeleza sisters both boasted strong performances against the Wildcats, as in addition to her relay win, Libby finished second in both the 100 and 200-yd backstroke events while Madeline Jardeleza finished third in the 200-yd butterfly.
In diving, Cassidy Golden and Sivan Mills traded second and third-place finishes respectively on the one and three meter boards.
The Quakers will compete in their first Ivy League tri-meet of the season next week, traveling to Ithaca, N.Y. to take on Cornell and Princeton Saturday, Nov. 19 at 3:00 p.m.