WEST POINT, N.Y. - The University of Pennsylvania women's swimming and diving team opened its 2016-17 campaign with a tri-meet victory over Army West Point and Columbia Friday night, defeating the Black Knights 203.00-97.00 and taking down the Lions 173.50-126.50.
Penn (2-0) dominated in the relay portion of the competition, notching first-place finishes in both the 200-yd medley relay (Jardeleza, Wickham, Yang, Dong) with a time of 1:44.35 and the 400-yd freestyle relay (Dong, Phan, Newman, Burns) with a time of 3:28.74.
It was a Red and Blue sweep in the top-three of the 1000-yd freestyle, as Carolyn Yang, Grace Ferry and Erin Kiely were the top finishers. Yang, a junior, touched the wall at 10:13.71.
Virginia Burns captured first place in the 200-yd freestyle, finishing over a second ahead of Columbia with a time of 1:51.37. The victory was one of Burns' four first-place marks on the evening, as in addition to her 400-yd freestyle relay win, the junior won the 100-yd freestyle (52.26) and the 500-yd freestyle (5:00.84).
The 100-yd backstroke featured two Penn competitors in the top-three, as Rochelle Dong led the way at 56.62 while Libby Jardeleza finished third at 56.93.
Annie Tran recorded a first-place finish in the 200-yd butterfly with a time of 2:05.01, while Yang notched another top mark in the 50-yd freestyle with a time of 23.58. Freshman Serena Xue had a successful debut in the pool, winning the 200-yd breaststroke at 2:23.29. The 100-yd butterfly featured another Penn sweep, as Dong, Yang and Tran all took the top spots for the Quakers.
In diving, Maggie Heller took home third place in the 1 meter with a score of 228.55 while Sivan Mills captured second place in the 3 meter on a mark of 248.55.
The Quakers return to competition next Saturday, Nov. 12 in a dual-meet at local rival Villanova.