Women's Swimming Builds Lead at Performance Invite

GAMBIER, Ohio – The University of Pennsylvania women's swimming and diving team picked up seven more wins on Friday evening to extend its lead at the Total Performance Invitational at Kenyon College. The Quakers now pace the field, tallying 1,590.5 total points over the first two days.

Leading the way for the Quakers on Friday was Rochelle Dong, who not only grabbed four wins on the night, but also broke a pair of school records. The junior was victorious in the 50 free, and snapped her own school mark with a time of 22.75. Her previous top time was 22.81, which was clocked last season.

She also laid claim to the Penn record in the 100 back, touching the wall in 54.50. Lauren Church held the previous top time of 54.57 for the Quakers, which she recorded in 2014.

Dong also served as a vital piece to a winning 200-free relay team, along with a victorious 400-medley squad. Dong teamed up with Mary Whiting, Meagan Dollard, and Virginia Burns to take the crown in the 200-free, clocking a time of 1:33.33.

In the 400 medley, it was Dong and Burns once again, this time pairing with Madeleine Jardeleza and Ellie Grimes to take the title. The Quartet of Quakers touched the wall in a top time of 3:41.90.

In addition to the relay success, Grimes and Burns also pulled out wins in the 400 IM and 200 free.

En route the IM title, Grimes improved her time from preliminaries by over five seconds, swimming to a mark of 4:19.28 in the finals. Burns also showed to be a clutch performer, winning the 200-free crown by just four-hundredths of a second (1:47.87) over Davidson’s Elise Lankiewicz.

Freshman Nancy Hu was also victorious in her first-ever Total Performance Invite, winning the 200 fly with a time of 1:59.52. Hu missed the school record in the event by just one-hundredth of a second.

The Quakers have built up a 593.5-point lead on the field over the first two days, with Kenyon College sitting in second place.

Penn will be back in action tomorrow for the final day of the three-day invitational, beginning at 9 a.m.