Complete Results (Combined Men's and Women's Meets)
Providence, R.I. - Without the services on the day of two of its top swimmers in Shelby Fortin and Lauren Church, the Penn women's swimming team fell in a pair of Ivy League meets on Saturday, losing to Harvard by a score of 241-58, and to Brown, 219-80.
Things never really got off the ground for the Quakers, who fell behind early and couldn't make up the lost ground in their first-ever meet at the Katherine Moran Aquatic Center. The best swim of the day came from freshman Sydney Stinner, who recorded a second place finish in the 500 Freestyle, touching the wall in 4:59.85.
Penn also recorded multiple third-place finishes. Christina Hurley continued her strong season in the sprint events, closing out within a second of Harvard's Sara Li - the fastest 50 Freestyler in the Ivies so far this season - with a 24.36. Megan Alexander placed third in the 200 Backstroke (2:07.18) behind a pair of Crimson swimmers, while Taylor Sneed came in third (57.87) in one the day's more hotly-contested events, the 100 Butterfly. Penn's sophomore finished only four-tenths of a second behind Harvard's Caroline Weaver, and just over a tenth of a second behind Brown's Gina Matsumoto.
Perhaps the day's most impressive swim came from Dayae Choi. Racing in the 200 IM for the first time in her collegiate career, the Quaker freshman displayed a knack for the event, finishing in third (2:08.46), but a mere .02 behind the runner-up in the race. She also added a fourth-place showing in the 100 Freestyle (52.82).
Penn returns to the pool on Feb. 1 when they make the short trip to face West Chester. That meet will begin at 5 p.m.