Cambridge, Mass. - Penn and Dartmouth continued on a collision course for fifth place at the Ivy League Championships after the second day of competition from Harvard's Blodgett Pool on Friday night, with the Quakers once again holding on to a slim lead as the event moves into its final day on Saturday. With a 92-point lead over Princeton and an over 200-point lead on the rest of the field, Harvard is a near-lock to end the Tigers' streak of Ivy titles at two.
Friday evening's finals began on a high note for Penn, who set a school record in the 200 Medley Relay on its way to a seventh place finish in the event. Three freshmen -- Lauryn Brown, Taylor Sneed and Tina Hurley-teamed with senior Laura Klick to touch the wall in 1:43.98, breaking the mark set previously in 2005.
In the night's distance event, the 1000 Freestyle, the Quakers received personal best times from sophomores Kristi Edleson (10:00.14) and Julia Anderson (10:05.71), as the pair finished third and seventh overall.
Freshman Rebecca Aiello set a blistering pace with a personal best time of 4:23.49 in the 400 IM prelims to book a spot into Friday's finals. Though she couldn't continue at that pace, her 4:28.59 put her in eighth place while senior Jenny Claydon swam a 4:23.83 to win the consolation final and finish ninth.
While Sneed opened the evening session as part of a school record, it was actually the second time she put her mark on the Penn record book on Friday. With a time of 55.68 in the 100 Butterfly during morning prelims, Sneed broke her own school record of 56.10, set earlier this season at Kenyon's Total Performance Invitational. Coming in at 56.87 in the consolation final, Sneed ended the event in 16th.
The night's lone win for Penn came once again courtesy of Shelby Fortin. The sophomore made her second NCAA 'B' cut of the Championships in the 200 Freestyle, knocking off every Penn record except her own from one year ago as she touched with a time of 1:47.27, a full second ahead of Yale's Joan Weaver, who also made a 'B' cut in the process.
Klick added a 10th place finish in the 100 Breaststroke (1:04.21) while Sneed won the consolation final of the 100 Backstroke (56.10), finishing ninth.
In Friday's final event, the Quakers' team of Claydon, Fortin, Aiello and Edleson finished fifth in the 800 Freestyle Relay with a time of 7:25.65, the third-best relay time in school history.
Prelims once again begin at 11 a.m. on Saturday with the last night of finals taking place at 6 p.m. Live results from the Ivy League website can be found here.
Day Two Standings
1. Harvard 942.5
2. Princeton 850.5
3. Yale 739.5
4. Columbia 716
5. Penn 539
6. Dartmouth 536.5
7. Brown 484.5
8. Cornell 461.5