Women's Swimming Finishes Fourth at Ivy Championships

Complete Results

Saturday Night Results

PHILADELPHIA - Led by a another victory from freshman Shelby Fortin and three more school records, the Quakers swam their way to a fourth-place finish at the Ivy League Championships on Saturday evening at Princeton.

The Red and Blue finished just six points out of third place, as they totaled 888 points to Columbia's 894. It is the closest the Quakers have ever come to a top-three finish, something they have yet to accomplish at the Ivy Championships. Princeton won its second straight Ivy title with 1,562 points and was followed closely by Harvard in second (1,436). It marks the first time since 2006 that Penn beat Yale, who finished close in fifth with 860 points.

Fortin had arguably the best Ivy Championships of any swimmer in school history, winning her third individual event on the final day of swimming and setting her third school record in the process. The freshman demolished the competition in the 1,000-yard freestyle, touching 12 seconds before the second-place finisher. Fortin's time of 9:45.17 also broke Kathleen Holthaus' school record of 10:00.27 by an impressive 15 seconds. The time is also the fifth fastest in meet history. With her victory, she becomes the first three-time champion in Penn women's swimming history and the second overall as Robert Atkinson wont three events in 1973 for the men's team.

In addition to Fortin, the Quakers had two other swimmers earn a top-seven finish in the 500. Freshman Kristi Edleson placed fifth overall with her time of 10:02.46 and senior Naomi Delphin finished in seventh with a time of 10:04.51.

In the evening's second event, freshman Katherine Ashenfelter was the top Red and Blue finisher, taking seventh in the 200-yard back with a time of 2:02.07. Junior Laura Klick matched Ashenfelter's seventh-place finish with her own in the 200-yard breaststroke. Klick finished in 2:16.90, just .03 seconds from her own school record set back in 2009.

Sophomore Melissa Parratto put in her second strong performance of the championships by winning the B-Final and finishing ninth in the 200-yard butterfly with a Penn-record time of 2:01.63. The time bests her school record of 2:02.59, set earlier this season. In the 1-meter diving event, freshman Jacqui Snell finished in ninth with a career-best 265.10.

In the final event of the meet, the Red and Blue captured fifth in the 400-yard free relays in a school-record 3:24.83, breaking the 2008 mark of 3:26.20. Delphin was first off the blocks for Penn and followed by junior Jennifer Claydon, senior Meghan Barron and anchored by Fortin.

Overall the Red and Blue broke ten Penn records during the three-day event and finished fourth for the third straight year. Fortin had a part in seven of those school marks, three in individual events (200 free, 500 free, 1000 free) and three more in relays (400 Medley, 800 free, 400 Free). Her final record came as the first swimmer off the blocks in the 200-yard free relay, finishing with a time of 23.51. She broke Amy Reams' 2008 mark of 23.54.

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