Women's Swimming Gears up for Ivy Championships

PHILADELPHIA – The postseason has finally arrived. Following an 18-day layoff, the University of Pennsylvania women’s swimming team will head to Princeton this weekend to compete in the 2016 Ivy League Women’s Swimming & Diving Championships at DeNunzio Pool.

The three-day event, which will broadcast live on the Ivy League Digital Network, will take place Thursday through Saturday -- with prelims at 11 a.m., and finals at 6 p.m. each day. A full schedule can be found here.

Last Time Out
The Quakers are coming off a pair of strong showings during their final weekend of the regular season. En route to wins over West Chester (Jan. 29) and La Salle (Jan. 30), Penn piled up 19 wins -- and snapped a Sheerr Pool record in the process.

The 400 medley-relay team of Libby Jardeleza, Lia Lombardi, Rochelle Dong, and Virginia Burns broke the facility mark with a time of 3:52.51 against La Salle. Jardeleza also registered the win in the 50 back versus the Explorers.

Seniors Morgan Scott and Annie McCotter made the most of their final two home meets, each notching wins in the 1,000 free. Scott also posted the top time in the 200 free in the triumph over La Salle.

Last Year’s Ivies
Led by Dong, Burns and Ellie Grimes -- the Quakers placed fourth at last year’s conference championships in Cambridge. Penn’s 952 points over three days was the most accumulated since 2008 (959.5).

Burns, who made her championship debut in 2015, picked up the Quakers’ lone Ivy title in the 500 free (4:45.67). She also placed third in the 200 free, finishing just two hundredths of a second behind Yale’s Kina Zhou.

Grimes and Dong impressed by setting a trio of school records. Grimes put together new marks in both the 200 (2:02.78) and 400 IM (4:17.91), while Dong broke her own record in the 50 free (22.81). In addition, Grimes slotted a fourth-place showing in the 200 breast and Dong placed second in the 50 free.

Burns and Dong also provided a lift in relay action, teaming up with departed senior Taylor Sneed and junior Haley Wickham to place second in the 400 medley.