PHILADELPHIA – Fresh off knocking off previously undefeated Villanova and notching their third consecutive dual-meet win, the University of Pennsylvania women’s swimming and diving team received votes in the latest CSCAA Top-25 Poll on Wednesday. The Quakers are one of just five teams that are receiving votes, and the only Ivy League squad to make an appearance.
Penn was impressive in its 176-121 triumph over the Wildcats on Saturday, winning 12-of-16 events. The Quakers are now 3-0 on the season, with additional wins over Columbia and UMBC.
The duo of Virginia Burns and Rochelle Dong combined for five individual wins to lead the way against Villanova. Burns raced to the 200-free title, touching the wall in 1:51.78. Burns made it a two-win day with a triumph in the 500 free. She took the distance crown with a time of 4:58.88.
Dong posted triumphs in the 50 free, 100 free and 100 fly. Dong darted to a top time of 23.39 in the 50 free, and 56.01 in the 100 fly. In one of the closest finishes of the day, Dong finished three-hundredths of a second (51:28) faster than Villanova’s Kaisla Kollanus in the 100 free.
Dong was also a part of a winning 200-medley relay team. The squad of Dong, Libby Jardeleza, Haley Wickham, and Carter Orth posted a top mark of 1:45.14.
Sophomore Maggie Heller swept the three-meter and one-meter dive events versus the Wildcats, posting top scores of 272.55 and 249.22.
In addition to the team success this season, Burns was named Ivy League Swimmer of the Week by CollegeSwimming.com on November 10. Burns racked up six wins in the Quakers’ victories over Columbia and UMBC to open the season.
The Red and Blue will be back in action on Saturday, when they travel to Princeton for a tri-meet against the Tigers and Cornell.