PHILADELPHIA - The women's swimming team, fresh off a victory for the third straight year at the Total Performance Invitational, will try to carry that confidence back to conference action when they face Harvard and Columbia at Columbia's Uris Pool on Friday afternoon.
Last season, Penn faced Columbia and Harvard separately, defeating Columbia at Sheerr Pool by a count of 165.5-135.5 in December, before losing at Harvard, 195-105, in January. The Quakers wrapped up the Ivy Championships last year in 4th position, a mere six points behind Columbia, while Harvard finished 2nd.
Fresh off qualifying for the U.S. Olympic Trials in the 400 Freestyle, Shelby Fortin rejoins the Quakers and attempts to build on her performances against the two teams from a year ago. As a freshman, Fortin won three events against the Lions, taking home the 100 and 500 Freestyle, as well as the 100 Backstroke. She then followed it up against the Crimson by winning the 500 Freestyle again, adding a second place finish in the 200 Freestyle to a departed Harvard senior. Kristi Edleson finished right behind Fortin in each of the two 500 Free races last season.
Melissa Parratto was also a force against both squads, winning both 200 Butterfly events and taking home the 100 Butterfly versus Columbia. Laura Klick (100 Breaststroke) and Julia Anderson (1000 Freestyle) are the other returnees who won races in those meets.
Following the conclusion of this tri-meet, Penn will have a break from competition until January, when they resume in Boca Raton, Fla., facing Florida Atlantic and Ivy League opponent, Brown.