Women's Swimming Falls to Dartmouth on Final Event

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Hanover, N.H. -
While the final results were no doubt disappointing for the Penn women's swimming team on Saturday, the way the meet ended should provide motivation all the way through the Ivy Championships. Locked in a battle with Dartmouth that would be decided by the final event, a pool record finish by the Penn 'A' team in the 400 Freestyle Relay wasn't enough to push the Quakers past the Big Green, as third and fourth place finishes from Dartmouth trumped the fifth place finish from Penn's 'B' team, leaving the Quakers on the short end of a 150-149 decision. Penn was also knocked off by Yale, 161-138.

The day began on an uptick for the Red and Blue, sophomore Julia Anderson locking horns with fellow sophomore Danielle Kerr of Dartmouth in the 1000 Freestyle. While Anderson's time of 10:14.58 did leave her a few tenths of a second behind Kerr for second place, she was able to set a season best time in the process.

Following Anderson's lead was Shelby Fortin. Fortin set three season marks on the day, logging two first place finishes as well as a second place. Her first race was the 200 Freestyle where she touched the wall in 1:51.53 to finish ahead of Yale's Alex Forrester. Taylor Sneed followed with a victory in the 100 Backstroke (57.75).

Laura Klick and Sammi Husband twice finished 2-3 in the same event on Saturday, first in the 100 Breaststroke where Klick swam a 1:06.58 to Husband's 1:06.86, and again in the 200 Breaststroke where Klick again held off Husband to the wall, 2:24.15 to 2:24.90.

Fortin jumped back in the pool for the 100 Freestyle, this time finishing a close second to Forrester, who broke a three-year old pool record with a time of 51.14. Fortin followed behind in 51.71. Her final individual event of the day produced possibly her most positive result. Racing in the 500 Freestyle, Fortin was largely unchallenged, pulling away for the win with a time of 4:57.67, her best time of the season by 10 seconds.

Melissa Parratto closed out the individual swims with a second place finish in the 200 IM, coming in at 2:09.51, only a quarter of a second behind the first place finisher from Yale.

The women closed out the tri-meet with the 400 Freestyle Relay where a good result would give the Quakers at least a split on the day. Penn's 'A' team delivered a strong performance, the group of Tina Hurley, Bernadette D'Alonzo, Husband and Fortin combining to break the previous pool record in 3:28.67. Unfortunately, they were denied first place as Yale's 'A' team swam a 3:29.72. Dartmouth's 'A' team came in third, leaving it up to fourth place to decide the winner between the Quakers and Big Green. While Taylor Sneed was able to close the gap with a fast third leg, Dartmouth's 'B' team pulled away late, two seconds clear of Penn's 'B' team, which settled for fifth.

Penn will be away from competition next weekend and won't face another Ivy opponent until the Ivy Championships at the end of February. The Quakers next take to the pool on January 27, traveling to West Chester for a meet at6 p.m.