PHILADELPHIA – The University of Pennsylvania women’s swimming & diving team is off to Harvard University in Cambridge, Mass. for the 2015 Ivy League Women’s Swimming & Diving Championships. Held in Blodgett Pool, the Ancient Eight will begin competing Thursday morning until a champion is crowned Saturday evening. Over the three-day event, each morning’s preliminary session will begin at 11 a.m. with finals following at 6 p.m.
Ivy League Championships Central
Schedule of Events
Those interested in attending the Championships will be able to buy tickets at the door. All-session passes are $30, while single-session tickets for adults are $4 (preliminaries) and $6 (finals). Children and students (with valid ID) can get tickets for $1 (preliminaries) and $3 (finals).
Last Year Recap
The Quakers finished fifth with 882 total points at the 2014 Ivy League Women’s Swimming & Diving Championships, held in Brown’s Katherine Moran Coleman Aquatic Center. For the second time in three years, Harvard won the title. Over the course of the three days, the Red and Blue broke 11 school records, including then-senior Shelby Fortin’s seventh Ivy title. Fortin’s time of 1:45.69 in the 200 free not only earned her first place but now stands as the meet record.
100 free: Shelby Fortin (49.37)
200 Free: Shelby Fortin (1:45.69)
100 Fly: Rochelle Dong (53.74)
200 Fly: Taylor Sneed (1:59.51)
100 Back: Lauren Church (54.57)
100 Breast: Haley Wickham (1:02.45)
200 Free Relay: Rochelle Dong, Shelby Fortin, Christina Hurley, Irene Katopodis (1:32.36)
400 Free Relay: Shelby Fortin, Lauren Church, Rochelle Dong, Christina Hurley (3:21.52)
800 Free Relay: Meaghan Kwarcinski, Shelby Fortin, Morgan Scott, Emma Siewert (7:18.96)
200 Medley Relay: Lauren Church, Haley Wickham, Rochelle Dong, Christina Hurley (1:40.35)
400 Medley Relay: Lauren Church, Haley Wickham, Rochelle Dong, Shelby Fortin (3:39.16)
Sizing Up the Competition
Penn finished 3-4 versus Ancient Eight competition this year, with victories over Columbia, Dartmouth, and Brown. The Quakers defeated the Lions 215-85 to open the season, and added their other Ivy wins over the Big Green (216-84) in the first meet of the New Year and the Bears (174-124) to end conference competition. Additionally, two of the Red and Blue’s Ivy losses were tight decisions against Cornell (168-132) and Harvard (158-141), where a few events made the difference. Penn also suffered losses to Princeton (183-117) and Yale (187.5-112.5). The Crimson and Tigers finished the regular season with a 6-0-1 Ivy mark while the Bulldogs followed with a 5-2 record versus league opponents.
About the Championships
The championship finals are comprised of 21 events over the three days, consisting of five relay races, 13 individual swims and three diving events - the 3-meter competition is divided into two nights based on qualifying.
The Frank Keefe Trophy is awarded annually to the Ivy League Women’s Swimming & Diving Team Champion, which is announced at the end of the three-day event. The trophy is presented by Yale’s women’s captains and swims to honor the Yale swimming tradition and coach, Frank Keefe.
Download: WSwim Ivy Schedule.pdf