Women's Swimming Finishes Fourth at Ivy Championships

PHILDAELPHIA – With the last day of races over, the final scores are in, and Penn finished fourth at the Ivy League Championships this year. Princeton won the title, with 1496 points, while Harvard wasn’t far behind in second place, with 1408.5 points. Yale was Penn’s closest opponent throughout the meet, and the Bulldogs ended up with 1122 points, to Penn’s 1073. Columbia, Brown, Dartmouth and Cornell rounded out the field. In the finals, the Quakers had several good performances, including a few record-breaking swims.

The Quakers’ point total of 1073 was 100 points higher than the team has ever scored at the Ivy championship meet. The highest they’d ever scored before this year was 967 points. Penn also had 21 finalists, and the team has never had more than ten qualify. Sophomore Tara Gillies broke a school record in the 100 butterfly, freshman Stephanie Nerby set a new school record in the 200 butterfly (2:04.05), and freshman Sara Coenen set two new school records, in the 100 backstroke (56.33), and the 200 IM (2:04.79). The 400 medley relay squad of Coenen, Megan Carlin, Gillies and Stephanie Colson set a new school record (3:49.21) in their event, as did the 800 meter free relay team of Coenen, Nerby, Lauren Brandes, and Cameron Villarreal (7:29.10).

At the last day of the Ivy meet, in the 1650, senior Margot Newcomer was the top finisher for Penn, as she placed eighth, with a time of 17:06.49. Senior Cameron Villarreal placed 11th overall, with a time of 17:09.17, while junior Katherine Donohue finished with a time of 17:30.91, good for 15th overall.

In the 200 breaststroke, freshman Coenen had one of the top finishes for the Quakers, as she came in third, with a time of 2:01.36. Classmate Ainsley Cookingham came in seventh, with a time of 2:04.62. Senior Sarah Jeffers placed 16th, with a time of 2:09.16, while Hayley Wolfgruber finished with a time of 2:05.85, and junior Sarah Bargmann finished in 2:12.31.

Freshman Lauren Brandes had an impressive swim in the 100 free, as she placed fourth, with a time of 51.79. Colson came in seventh, with a time of 52.05. Junior Amy Ottensmeyer also swam for the Quakers, and came in at 53.99. In the 200 breaststroke, the Quakers only had two entries in the finals tonight: junior Megan Carlin and senior Laine Litman. Carlin came in 13th overall, with a time of 2:23.84, while Litman finished at 16th, with a time of 2:30.38.

Four Quakers took part in the finals for the 200 fly, and did very well for Penn. Sophomore Tara Gilles finished fifth, with a time of 2:04.10, while freshman Stephanie Nerby came in sixth, with a time of 2:04.18. Senior Alison Bretherick finished ninth overall, with a time of 2:06.02, while Jeffers placed 13th, with a time of 2:08.63.

Penn had two women participate in the three-meter dive. Senior Janis Scanlon was Penn’s top finished, as she placed seventh overall, with 238.05 points in the finals, and 252.35 in the prelims. Senior Kate McArdle placed 11th, with a final of 260.30, and a preliminary score of 245.65.

And in the final event of the night, Penn’s 400 free relay team of Colson, Brandes, Gillies and Coenen placed third, with a time of 3:26.61.

Download: WSWIM ivy results.pdf