PHILADELPHIA - Laura Klick had a Senior Day to remember, winning in both the 100 and 200 Breaststrokes and swimming a leg of the winning 200 Medley Relay, while Shelby Fortin blew away the field in the 50, 100 and 200 Freestyles to guide the women's swimming team to victory in their last home meet of the 2011-12 season. Penn easily defeated La Salle, 180-114, while moving past UMBC, 152.5-142.5, in a score thatbarely doesjustice to how the Quakers performed on the day.
The opening 200 Medley Relay would be a harbinger for the day ahead as Klick and Taylor Sneed helped stake the Quakers to a lead after three legs and Tina Hurley cashed it in with a 50 yard freestyle sprint to the finish, narrowly edging out UMBC's 'A' team by less than a quarter of a second.
Sophomore Kristi Edleson and Julie Anderson went 1-2 in the 1000 Freestyle, Edleson reaching the wall first in a time of 10:23.05 with Anderson close behind at 10:25.20. Following that, Fortin began her one-woman show in the 200 Free, breaking clear of America East Swimmer of the Year Abbey McKenney to win in 1:51.78. Senior Jenny Claydon came in third in 1:56.01.
The opening relay team came to the forefront shortly thereafter. Sneed was the next Quaker winner, taking home the 100 Backstroke in 57.82. Klickquickly followed with her first individual win of the day, finishing in 1:05.72 in the 100 Breaststroke with fellow senior Sammi Husband just behind in second (1:06.56).
Fortin and Hurley went 1-2 in the 50 Free with Fortin just nosing past the freshman, 24.09 to 24.14, before adding another win in the 100 Freestyle (52.00), ahead of UMBC's McKenney once again.
Katherine Ashenfelternotched a win in the 200 Backstroke (2:07.35) before Klick put a capper on her day in the 200 Breaststroke, touching the wall in 2:22.41. Husband came in third in 2:25.50.
After their 1-2 finish in the 1000, Anderson and Edleson switched places with Anderson beating her teammate to the wall in the 500 Freestyle, wrapping up her distance event in 5:00.91. Edleson's second place finish in 5:05.02 guaranteed victory for Pennover both schools, allowing the Quakers to swim exhibitions the rest of the way.
A handful of swimmers will compete in next weekend's Terp Invite, held in College Park, Md. Others will be off until February 23, when they head to Harvard for the three-day Ivy Championships.
Download: 2-4 Swimming Results.pdf