PHLADELPHIA The Penn women’s swimming team fell, 159-141, to Columbia at Sheerr Pool on Sunday afternoon. In a meet that came down to the last race, it was the Lions who placed first in the 200-yard freestyle relay to seal the win.
Stephanie Nerby led the Quakers with two first place finishes, the 200-yard butterfly (2:08.73) and the 500-yard freestyle (5:06.52).
The Quakers swept both the diving events. Melissa Gardel won the 3-meter diving event (266.32), while Madeline Bauer placed first in the 1- meter. (251.32).
In their first collegiate meet, Casey Barnes-Waychus and Laura Klick both swam to first place finishes. Barnes-Waychus placed first in the 1000-yard freestyle (10:27.84), while Klick placed first in the 200-yard breaststroke.
However, the meet came down to the final race, the 200-yard freestyle event. The Quakers headed into the final relay behind Columbia, 148-135, with 17 points up for grabs: 11 points going to first place, four to second place and two to third. The Red and Blue would need to sweep the top three spots to clinch the win or the top two to tie the Lions.
Unfortunately, the Quakers fell just short as Penn’s relay teams placed second, third and sixth. The team of Amy Reams, Lauren Brandes, Felicia Leksono and Klick placed second - 0.8 seconds behind Columbia.