Women's Swimming in Fourth After Day Two of Ivy Championships

Team Rankings after Day Two: Harvard - 1068
Princeton - 865
Yale - 675
Penn - 621
Columbia - 571.5
Brown - 466.5
Dartmouth - 394
Cornell - 324

EAST MEADOW, N.Y. – Following the culmination of day two the Penn women’s swimming and diving team is sitting in fourth place. With Yale just 50 points ahead of the Quakers and Columbia 50 points behind it looks like day three will put those three programs in a fight for a place on the podium. Nationally ranked Harvard and Princeton have separated themselves from the field as the Crimson leads the meet with 1068 points.

The Red and Blue had a strong second day as they had at least one swimmer finish in the top ten of every event. The night started and finished with a relay event. In the first event of the finals, 200 medley relay the team of Ainsley Cookingham, Laura Klick, Felicia Leksono and Amy Reams placed fifth. In the only other relay of the evening, the 800 freestyle, Naomi Delphin, Stephanie Nerby, Sarah Ernst and Andrea Balint finished third – the highest finish for the Quakers on day two.

Cookingham, Leksono and Samantha Husband led the Quakers as they qualified for finals in two individual races. In the finals, Cookingham took sixth in the 100 fly and eighth in the 100 backstroke, while Husband finished 13th in the 100 fly and 15th in the 100 breaststroke. In addition to Cookingham and Husband in the 100 fly, Leksono placed 17th and Kristen DeGrazia took 18th. Leksono placed 20th in the 100 backstroke in her second race of the night.

In the 100 breaststroke, five Quakers qualified for the finals – the most of any other event. Laura Klick led the Red and Blue as she finished fourth in the race. Kelby Zimmerman finished just behind Klick at fifth, while Meghan Barron and Jackie Hain picked up ninth and tenth place respectively. Husband was the fifth Quaker to qualify and finished 15th.

Delphin and Ernst finished fourth and seventh in the 1000 freestyle, while Casey Barnes-Waychus placed 17th, to have three Quakers add points for Penn. Carey Stauder swan to an eighth place finish in 400 IM, while Jennifer Claydon finished a few strokes behind her at 12th.

Juniors Nerby, Balint and Reams all qualified for the 200 freestyle. Nerby led with a sixth place finish, as Balint and Reams finished ninth and tenth correspondingly.

The Red and Blue are back in the pool on Saturday morning for the final day of preliminaries followed by the finals at night.