Storrs, Conn. - The women's swimming and diving team fell to Connecticut on Sunday in the season opener, 161-139.
Freshman Taylor Sneed won two events, the 100 Backstroke and 100 Butterfly, in her collegiate debut. Sneed breezed to victory in the 100 Back, defeating her closest competitor by over seven-tenths of a second with a time of 58.32. The 100 Fly was much closer as she registered a time of 57.75, narrowly defeating UConn's Chelsea Peitz, who came in at 57.83.
Other winners for Penn on the day were Shelby Fortin in the 100 (52.41) and200 Freestyle (1:52.65) and Melissa Parratto in the 200 Butterfly (2:04.90). The Quakers' only 1-2 finish of the day occurred in the 200 Backstroke, where Katherine Ashenfelter and teammate Blair Webb dueled all the way to the wall, Ashenfelter winning with a time of 2:07.96, while Webb touched the wall in 2:07.98.
Penn returns to action next week, hosting both Princeton and Cornell on Friday and Saturday. The diving competitions will take place Friday night at 7 p.m., with the women's meet starting at 11 a.m. on Saturday morning.