PRINCETON, N.J. – The University of Pennsylvania women’s swimming team had an historic weekend at the Ivy League Championships, surpassing 1,000 points for just the second time on the way to its second-straight fourth-place finish. The Championships wrapped up Saturday night.
Penn finished with 1,025 points, which is behind only the 1,073 points scored by the Quakers at the 2007 Championships. In the process, Penn set seven school records and claimed one championship (Virginia Burns in the 500 freestyle).
Harvard won the team title at DeNunzio Pool, scoring 1,500.5 points. Yale was second, with 1,422.5 points, while host Princeton was third with 1,411.5 points.
Freshman Nancy Hu set a new school record in the 200y fly during the morning prelims, swimming a time of 1:58.40 -- a time 1.11 seconds better than any Quaker in history. In the nighttime final, she went even lower (1:58.20) to take third place overall.
In the 200y backstroke prelims, Libby Jardeleza set a personal best with a time of 1:58.66. In the final, she lowered that mark once again -- and set a school record -- with a time of 1:57.49 to finish fifth. Teammate Ryan Alexander was sixth in 1:58.39, a personal best by more than three seconds.
Penn’s third school record of the day came from Ellie Grimes in the 200y breaststroke. She swam 2:15.55 -- breaking her own record of 2:15.99 -- to claim fifth in the event.
Rochelle Dong began her Day Three with a personal best in the 100y freestyle, swimming a time of 50.09. Dong and Burns would go 3-4 in the 100y freestyle for some big team points for the Quakers. Dong swam 49.43, a new personal record and just 0.06 off of the school record. Burns also set a new personal best, finishing fourth in 50.09.
Freshman Madison Visco completed a successful first Ivy Championships meet with a personal best and fourth-place swim in the 1650y free. She posted a time of 16:32.52, well clear of fifth place by over 3.5 seconds. Carolyn Yang was seventh in the event, also posting a personal best with her time of 16:36.94.
Penn finished the Championships by taking fourth in the 400 free relay, as Dong, Burns, Mary Whiting and Haley Wickham clocked 3:21.76, just .24 off the school record.