PHILADELPHIA - The women's swimming team will venture away from Sheerr Pool for the first time this season when they compete in the three-day Total Performance Invitational at Kenyon College, but the Quakers will have a good bit past success at the event to fall back on. Penn has won the event for the past three seasons and will look to make it four when competition begins on Thursday evening from the Kenyon Aquatic Center. Following the same type of format that the Quakers will encounter at the Ivy League Championships, a short night of swimming will begin at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday night. On Friday and Saturday, preliminaries will run starting at 9:30 a.m., with championship and consolation finals set for 5:30 p.m. each night. Kenyon provides streaming video of the whole event.
A year ago, Penn outlasted Kenyon by just over 100 points, claiming only three individual wins over the three days but overpowering the field with its consistency throughout. All three of last year's winners return for another go-round, led by junior Kristi Edleson who won the 1650 Freestyle race for a second time in her career. The other two winners for the Red and Blue were Melissa Parratto (400 IM) and Taylor Sneed (100 Backstroke).
Joining Penn and Kenyon in the field are four holdovers from last year - Carnegie-Mellon, Davidson, Findlay and Grove City - and one fresh face. In just its third year as a program, Lake Erie College will make its first appearance at the Total Performance Invitational.
Off to a 2-1 start to the season in dual meets, Penn has been led as expected by junior Shelby Fortin, but she has received a lot of help by many of the talented underclassmen on the roster. Annie McCotter claimed wins in both the 500 and 1000 Freestyles last time out facing Cornell and Princeton. Fellow freshmen Emily Baturka, Lauren Church and Sydney Stinner have also won at least one race in the early going this season for the Quakers. Some of the newer members of the squad are also having a big impact on the relay teams, with Baturka, Church, Rachel Astles and Catherine Yee making up the 200 Medley Relay 'A' team through the first two dual meets and getting their first win over UConn.
After the conclusion of the meet on Saturday, Penn will have one last test before the New Year. On Dec. 7, the Quakers will face a tough dual meet with the Columbia Lions at Sheerr Pool. Competition that day will get started at 4 p.m.
Check back with PennAthletics.com for full results and recaps from each night of competition this weekend.