Women's Swimming Cruises past Explorers, 180-117

PHILADELPHIA – For the second day in a row, the University of Pennsylvania women’s swimming and diving team won 11 events in a dual meet with a nonconference opponent. On Saturday afternoon, the Quakers ended the regular season with a dual meet against La Salle at Kirk Pool and defeated the Explorers, 180-117. On six different occasions, the Red and Blue took the top three spots in three events in addition to the top two spots in three events.

Earning the first 11 points of the evening was the 200 medley relay A Team – senior Lauryn Brown, sophomore Haley Wickham, senior Taylor Sneed, sophomore Rochelle Dong – which finished almost two seconds before La Salle’s A Team at 1:47.56.

Freshman Virginia Burns (1:53.25) and junior Morgan Scott (1:56.24) added 13 more points with their one-two finish in the 200 free; while Sneed and junior Lauren Church followed up with one of their in the 100 back. Sneed touched the wall first in 58.64 and Church came in at 59.37. Burns later added another first-place finish in the 500 free (5:01.54).

A pair of top three finishes shortly followed from the 200 fly and 50 free. In the 200 fly, junior Megan Alexander, who later won the 200 back in 2:08.46, led the Quakers with a time of 2:07.57. Sophomore Madeleine Jardeleza was next to finish at 2:08.33 and Ryan Alexander, younger sister of Megan, finished third at 2:12.54

In the 50 free, Dong touched the wall first in 24.49 and freshman Meagan Dollard was next at 24.56. Senior Christina Hurley rounded out the top three with a time of 24.67. Dong later led another one-two-three finish in the 100 fly, finishing in 57.10. Freshman Kim Phan was second at 58.81 and junior Emma Siewert was third at 1:00.74. Additionally, Dong added another individual win in the 100 free at 52.78.

Other event wins for the Red and Blue included freshman Sydney Tan’s time of 2:20.75 in the 200 breast and freshman Maggie Heller’s performance in the 3 meter dive, scoring 253.28. Sophomore Sivan Mills placed second to Heller with a score of 249.45.

The meet with La Salle marks the end of the regular season for Penn. The Quakers will now turn their focus to preparing for the Ivy League Championships which will take place at Harvard, Feb. 19-21.

Download: 2015_La Salle Swim_Results.pdf