PHILADELPHIA - The women's swimming team travels to Providence, R.I. this weekend for its second Ivy League tri-meet in as many weeks, taking on the Brown Bears and Harvard Crimson. Events will get started at 12 p.m. from Brown's Katherine Moran Coleman Aquatics Center.
In a split last weekend with visiting Dartmouth and Yale, the Quakers scored a win over the Big Green (167.5-131.5), but fell to the Bulldogs (176-121). Senior Melissa Parratto won the 200 Butterfly and 400 IM in her final competitive meet at Sheerr Pool, while Shelby Fortin added wins in the 200 Freestyle and 200 Backstroke. Lauren Church, Emma Siewert and Taylor Sneed all had runner-up finishes for the Quakers on the day. Penn has recorded a 2-3 record in Ivy League dual meets so far this year and Saturday will mark its last meeting against other members of the Ancient Eight until the Ivy League Championships beginning on Feb. 28.
Following a 129-91 win over Providence in early January, Brown carries a 4-1 record in dual meets into this weekend, with the one loss coming to Princeton. The Quakers and Bears have not met outside the state of Florida since 2007, when the Red and Blue hosted Brown in a dual meet at Sheerr Pool. The hosts will pin their hopes on Kate Dillione and Reia Tong, two of the Ivy League's better freestylers, and Briana Borgolini, who has recorded the second best times in the Ivies this season in both the 100 and 200 Breaststrokes.
The reigning Ivy League champions, Harvard brings a 4-0 mark in dual meets into Saturday's action, including wins in the Ivy League over Cornell, Dartmouth and Columbia. The Crimson display very few weaknesses and have four swimmers - Sara Li in the 200 Freestyle, Sherry Liu in the 500 Freestyle, Kendall Crawford in the 100 and 200 Backstroke and Courtney Otto in the 200 Butterfly and 400 IM - who have recorded the fastest times this season in their respective events.
Penn will not compete again until Feb. 1, when they travel to West Chester to face the Golden Rams at 5 p.m. The Quakers stay in the Philadelphia area again the next day, taking on La Salle at Kirk Pool beginning at 12 p.m. on Feb. 2 in their final dual meet of the season.