Finals – Friday, February 16
In finals action tonight, the women’s swim team had a strong showing at the Ivy League Championships in Princeton, N.J.In the 200 medley relay, Stephanie Colson, Megan Carlin, Tara Gillies and Lauren Brandes came in fourth place, with a final time of1:44.92, a huge improvement over their preliminary time of 1:52.49.
In the 100 free, senior Cameron Villarreal came in fifth, with a time of 10:04.93. Senior Margot Newcomer came in 11th overall, with a time of 10:16.76. Senior Katherine Donohue also scored points for the Quakers, as she came in at 10:24.38.In the 400 IM, senior Alison Bretherick was the top finisher for Penn, as she placed ninth overall, with a time of 4:29.76. Donohue also did well, with a time of 4:35.00. Sarah Jeffers was right behind her, with a time of 4:36.64. Hayley Wolfgruber came in at 4:37.98, senior Laine Litman came in at 4:43.53, and junior Sarah Bargmann finished in 4:46.09.
In the 100 yard butterfly, sophomore Tara Gillies was one of only two Quakers to score in the event. Gillies took fifth overall, with a time of 56.28, while freshman Ainsley Cookingham came in 18th overall, with a time of 57.96.The freshmen shone in the 200 free for Penn, as Stephanie Nerby came in third overall, the highest finish so far this weekend for Penn, with a time of 1:50.63. Classmate Brandes came in sixth, with a time of 1:52.35. Senior Amy Ottensmeyer finished with a time of 1:54.93, while freshman Andrea Balint came in at 1:56.82.
The 100 breaststroke was an event that only had two Penn swimmers, Carlin and Litman. Carlin came in eighth overall with a time of 1:06.57, while Litman finished in 1:08.29, good for 20th overall.The 100 backstroke was a strong event for the women, as they had another top-three finisher. Freshman Sara Coenen came in third, with a time of 56.33. Colson was right behind her, just one hundredth of a second off, at 56.34. Gillies came in tenth, with a time of 58.01, while Cookingham came in 14th in 58.85, and Wolfgruber came in 22nd, with a time of 59.70. Bargmann came in with a time of 1:01.35.
In the 800 free relay, the team of Coenen, Nerby, Brandes and Villarreal came in fourth, with an impressive time of 7:29.10, good for fourth overall.After the second day of swimming, the Quakers remain in fourth place, with 700 points. Princeton leads the way with 1002, Harvard is right behind with 929.5, and Yale is the closest to Penn, as they’re in third, with 770 points. Meet action continues tomorrow, Saturday, February 17. Check back with PennAthletics.com for the latest scores and information on Penn’s progress.
Preliminaries – Friday, February 16Penn women’s swim team has had another strong showing in day two of the Ivy championship meet.
In the 200 medley relay prelims, the team of Stephanie Colson, Megan Carlin, Stephanie Nerby and Cameron Villarreal came in sixth, with a time of 1:52.49.In the 400 IM, the Quakers did not have anyone qualify for the top finals heat, but they did have a strong showing overall. Senior Alison Bretherick was the top finisher for Penn, as she was the first swimmer to make the second heat, coming in ninth, with a time of 4:31.09. Teammate Sarah Jeffers was right behind her, with a time of 4:34.92. Seniors Katherine Donohue, Hayley Wolfgruber and Laine Litman, along with junior Sarah Bargmann, all qualified for the finals tonight.
In the 100 yard butterfly, sophomore Tara Gillies qualified for the top finals heat, as she came in fourth, with a time of 56.29, just nine-hundredths of a second behind the third place swimmer from Harvard. Freshman Ainsley Cookingham also qualified for the finals, in the third heat.In the 200 free, two freshmen led the way for Penn. Nerby was the top qualifier, as she came in fourth, with a time of 1:51.41. Classmate Lauren Brandes was the last swimmer to qualify for the first heat, with a time of 1:52. 73. Freshman Andrea Balint and junior Amy Ottensmeyer also qualified for the finals.
In the 100 breaststroke, only two Quakers qualified: junior Megan Carlin, who finished eighth, with a time of 1:05.20, and Litman, who finished in 1:07.64, and will be in the third finals heat tonight.The 100 back was the best event for Penn today, as Colson came in third, with a time of 56.79, and freshman Sara Coenen was right behind her in fourth, with a time of 56.98. Both will swim in the finals tonight, along with Gillies, Cookingham, Wolfgruber and Bargmann, who all qualified.