Women Swimming Improves against Tigers and Big Red

Women's Team Scores
Princeton, 167 Cornell, 133
Cornell, 168 Penn, 132
Princeton, 183 Penn, 117

PRINCETON, N.J. – In the first Ivy tri-meet of the season, the University of Pennsylvania women’s swimming & diving team claimed two event wins, falling to both Princeton and Cornell on Friday at DeNunzio Pool. However, Penn has closed the gap a bit on its Ivy rivals, improving upon its scores from this time last year when the Quakers competed against the Tigers and the Big Red. Last year. the Quakers dropped both duals, managing 92 points in a 298-92 loss to Princeton, and 92.5 in a 207.5-92.5 loss to the Big Red. This year, the Red and Blue cut the point deficit despite the losses, falling to the Tigers 117-183 and to the Big Red 132-168.

Penn got off to a promising start, taking second place in the first three events. In the 400 Medley Relay, the “A” team – senior captain Taylor Sneed, sophomore Haley Wickham, sophomore Rochelle Dong, freshman Virginia Burns – touched the wall at 3:48.57, 0.89 of a second after Princeton and 1.19 seconds before Cornell. Finishing second in the next two events -- the 1000 free and 200 free -- were freshmen Carolyn Yang (10:14.89) and Meagan Dollard (1:50.34), respectively.

It was Dong who took the first win for the Red and Blue, beating out four swimmers from Princeton with her time of 56.51 in the 100 back. With Tigers filling in 2-5, senior captain Lauryn Brown was the next swimmer to place, taking sixth in 58.10.

Wickham followed up Dong’s first-place performance with one of her own, winning the 100 breast in 1:04.57. Sophomore Ellie Grimes and freshman Sydney Tan took fourth and fifth just 0.08 of a second a part at 1:06.56 and 1:06.64, respectively. The duo went back-to-back again in the 200 breast, as Tan took the Quakers next second place finish with a time of 2:21.80. Grimes touched at 2:22.15.

The 200 free relay “A” team – Dong, freshman Kim Phan, senior Irene Katopodis, Burns – closed out the meet with the final second-place finish for the Red and Blue with a time of 1:36.63, beating Princeton’s “A” team by 0.19 of a second.

Penn will compete in one more event, the Total Performance Invitational, before the turn of the calendar. The Quakers will travel to Gambier, Ohio for the three day contest beginning Dec. 4.

Download: PrinPennCornDoubleDualResults.pdf