PHILADELPHIA - The Penn women's swimming team won its first meet of the season, taking down BIG EAST foe Connecticut 171.5-126.5, Saturday afternoon at Sheer Pool.
The Quakers out swam the Huskies on Saturday, capturing victories in eight events, spanning butterfly, backstroke and freestyle. Freshman Shelby Fortin made a splash in her first meet, winning the 50-yard free, 100-yard backstroke and the 200-yard backstroke. Fortin swam the 50 in 24:10 and finished with a time of 57.49 in the 100 and 2:03.74 in the 200.
First-year Kristi Edleson also won in her debut, capturing the 500 and 1,000-yard freestyle events. Edleson won the 500 in 5:01.02and the 1,000 in 10:15.93. Fellow classmate Julia Anderson finished right behind her in the 1,000, in 10:18.14.
Senior Naomi Delphin also captured first place finishes in the 200-yard free, touching in 1:54.31, and the 100-yard free (52.83). Sophomore Blair Webb was behind her in second in both events, with times of 1:55.64 and 53.95. Sophmore Melissa Parratto was victorious in the the 200-yard fly, finishing in 2:04.38, and also in the 100-yard butterfly (58.56).
Penn's final victory came from the foursome of Fortin, junior Felicia Leksono, sophomore Blair Webb and junior Jennifer Claydon as they captured victory in the 400-yard free in 3:35.55.
The win over Connecticut marks the first time since the 2007-08 season that the Red and Blue went unbeaten on its first day of action.
Penn returns to action next Saturday at 11 a.m., when the Quakers face Princeton and Cornell in a tri-meet at Ithaca.