EAST MEADOW, N.Y. The Penn swimming and diving team finished day one ranked fourth out of the ancient eight at the Ivy League Championships. The Quakers racked up 164 points during the four events to put them in the middle of the pack. In a bizarre circumstance, all of the relay events completed on Thursday have yet to be counted in the standing for day one. Therefore the day one standings now will look much different then day one standings when issues are sorted out.
Timing issues in the 200 free relay led to six of the eight schools being disqualified in the first championship event of the meet. The predictable coaching protest led to an official review of the event, which won't be completed until Friday. Because of the issues that plagued the first relay, the 400 medley relay was not counted towards the current team score either; it will also be decided upon on Friday.
In positive news from East Meadow, Penn had a successful first day in the pool. In the 500 free, the Quakers had four swimmers in the final. Led by Stephanie Nerby who placed sixth, Naomi Delphin took eighth, Sara Ernst placed 13th, while Casey Barnes Waychus swam to a 24th place finish. In the 500 free alone, the Red and Blue took 61 points.
Penn received 66 points in the 200 IM event with five swimmers in the final. Headlined by Andrea Balint, who placed seventh, Laura Klick (12th), Carey Stauder (15th), Samantha Husband (17th) and Jennifer Claydon (18th) provided depth and necessary points for the Quakers.
Amy Reams and Meghan Barron were Penn’s stars in the 50 free. Reams took 11th, while Barron placed 23rd in the event. The Quakers final points of the day were provided by the team’s divers. Melissa Gardel and Siobhan Carey placed 14th and 19th respectively for a total of 19 points.
Friday’s preliminaries will begin at 11 a.m., followed by finals at 6 p.m. Click here for the schedule of Friday’s events.
Standings after Day 1:
HARVARD - 353 points
PRINCETON - 337 points
YALE - 189 points
PENN - 164 points
COLUMBIA - 161.5 points
BROWN - 100.5 points
DARTMOUTH - 97 points
CORNELL - 46 points