Women's Swimming Finishes on Top at Connecticut

STORRS, Conn. – It was a solid start to the 2013-14 season for the University of Pennsylvania women’s swimming and diving team. The Quakers defeated Connecticut, 172.5-127.5, Saturday in the Wolff-Zackin Natatorium. Penn took first place finishes in 10 events.

Starting off the meet with a win and time of 1:45.16 in the 200 medley relay was junior Lauryn Brown, freshman Haley Wickham, freshman Rochelle Dong, and senior Shelby Fortin.

The latter three also won individual races: Wickham, 100 breaststroke (1:07.28); Dong, 100 free (51.44) and 100 butterfly (56.42); Fortin, 200 back (2:03.06).

Another newcomer, Ellie Grimes, swam the 400 IM in 4:32.38 and was followed by senior Katherine Ashenfelter with a time of 4:33.51. The two finished first and second.

The Red and Blue snagged one-two-three finishes in three events – 1000 Free, 200 Free, 500 Free.

Sophomore Annie McCotter (10:29.41), senior Kristi Eledson (10:30.96), and sophomore Megan Alexander (10:35.04) easily outswam the neighboring Huskie, who finished with a time of 10:43.01, in the 1000 Free.

Sophomores Sydney Stinner and Morgan Scott followed up Fortin’s finish in the 200 free for the second one-two-three in a row for the women of Penn. In the first 50, UConn’s Katy Munzenmaier was the closest to chasing Fortin but quickly lost ground as the Quaker pulled ahead in the next stretch, finally finishing with a time of 1:52.88. Stinner touched next at 1:54.08 then Scott at 1:55.63.

Rounding out the top three finishers in an event was Stinner, Edelson, and McCotter in the 500 freestyle with times of 5:04.76, 5:08.49, and 5:10.18, respectively.

Brown, Dong, and Fortin concluded the day with junior Irene Katopodis in the 200 Free Relay and took the final win (1:35.76).

The Red and Blue will hit the road again next week to compete in the first Ivy competition this season at Columbia on Saturday.

Download: uconnvspenn results.pdf