PRINCETON, N.J. – A pair of second place finishes and four new school records highlighted Day Two of the 2016 Ivy League Women’s Swimming & Diving Championships for the University of Pennsylvania.
Strong performances up and down the lineup through two days of competition have the Quakers solidly in fourth place entering the final day of action.
Team Standings After Day Two
1. Harvard 956.5 points
2. Princeton 944.5 points
3. Yale 928 points
4. Penn 654 points
5. Brown 498.5 points
6. Columbia 485 points
7. Dartmouth 387 points
8. Cornell 371.5 points
One night after finishing second in the 500y freestyle, Madison Visco replicated that finish in the 1000y free. The freshman blew away her previous career best (10:14.22) with a finishing time of 9:48.94 which was 0.71 seconds ahead of the third place finisher. Sophomore Carolyn Yang was sixth for the Quakers, finishing in 9:55.77.
Virginia Burns continued to score huge points for the Quakers with a second-place swim in the 200y freestyle. She set a new personal best with a swim of 1:47.06, continuing to swim at a high level following a repeat title in the 500y free the night before.
In the morning prelims, Haley Wickham broke her own school record in the 100y breaststroke, touching the wall in 1:02.05. In the final, she was right near that time, finishing in 1:02.09 to take sixth place.
In the final event of the night, the 800y freestyle relay squad flirted with the lead throughout the race, ultimately finishing third in a school-record time of 7:14.21 – a whopping 4.75 seconds ahead of the previous record set in 2014. All four swimmers on that relay for Penn were underclassmen – freshmen Madison Visco and Mary Whiting swam the first two legs, followed by sophomores Virginia Burns and Ryan Alexander.
Junior Ellie Grimes set a new school record in the B Final of the 400y IM, winning the consolation final in 4:16.16 – a time that was 1.75 seconds faster than her previous record of 4:17.91.
The fourth school record set by the Quakers during Day two came from Libby Jardeleza who won the ‘B’ Final in the 100y backstroke in a time of 54.20 – breaking the record set earlier this season by Rochelle Dong.
The 200y free relay finished sixth, Libby Jardeleza, Haley Wickham, Carter Orth, and Rochelle Dong touched the wall in 1:41.10.
In the 1007 butterfly, Penn had winners in both the B and C final. Rochelle Dong won the ‘B’ Final in 54.08, while Libby Jardeleza set a new personal best in winning the ‘C’ final in 54.76.
The final day of the Ivy League Championships begins at 11 a.m. on Saturday.