Women's Swimming & Diving Finishes Fourth in Ivies

Full Meet Results

EAST MEADOW, N.Y. - The Quakers will end the 2009 season ranked fourth in the Ivy League following the Championship meet. The Red and Blue racked up a total of 948 points over the 21 events. The Quakers had two top-three finishes on the last night of competition.

In the first event of the evening, Melissa Gardel placed eighth in the three meeting diving event. The Quakers followed that by placing third in the 800 freestyle relay. The team of Naomi Delphin, Stephanie Nerby, Sara Ernst and Andrea Balint swam to a new Penn record in 7:23.38. Penn record was just a year old before broken on Saturday night with Balint on that 2008 team.

In the crueling 1650 free, Ernst broke into the top-ten with a ninth place finish. The 200 back event, which Penn's Sara Coenen had placed first at during the 2008 Ivy League Championships, was left open as Coenen was sidelined due to injury. Ainsley Cookinghamrepresented Pennwell as sheswam to an impressive third place finish in the event.

Amy Reams and Balint finished eighth and nineth in the 100 freestyle respectively. The Red and Blue added a second set of back to back finishes in the 200 breaststrokewith Laura Klick and Kelby Zimmerman finishing fourth and fifth. Klick broke the school record in the event which was set in 2005 by Megan Carlin. Klick, a freshmen, now owns the Penn record in the 100 and 200 breaststroke.

In total, the Quakers broke eight school records this season,with all but one being broken at the the championships.

2009 Final Ivy League Standings: 1. Harvard University 1583.5 2. Princeton University Swimming 1334 3. Yale University 1038 4. University of Pennsylvania 948 5. Columbia University 916 6. Dartmouth College 630 7. Brown University Swimming 627 8. Cornell Swimming 494.5