Women's Swimming Moves Up at Ivy League Championships

Friday Results (PDF)

The Penn women's swimming team used four school-record swims during Friday night's finals to move up into sixth place after two days of competition at the Ivy League Championships at Princeton's DeNunzio Pool.

Penn's first record of the evening came in the 200 Medley Relay. Emily Baturka, Anne Maercklein, Lauryn Brown and Christina Hurley came together for a time of 1:43.48 in the event. Shortly thereafter, three swimmers placed well in the 1000 Freestyle, as Sydney Stinner (10:04.62), Kristi Edleson (10:05.91) and Annie McCotter (10:06.16) finished 13th, 14th and 15th, respectively.

The Quakers had three swimmers qualify for the 'B' final of the 400 IM. Megan Alexander turned in a time of 4:21.78 in the final to win it, placing ninth overall. Melissa Parratto (4:24.67) finished 13th, while Blair Webb (4:29.13) came in 16th. Lauren Church added a school record in the 100 Butterfly, as she won the 'C' final with a time of 55.59.

One of the most competitive finals of the night came in the 200 Freestyle, where Shelby Fortin settled for second place against Harvard's Sara Li. Li won the event in 1:46.48, while Fortin swam a Penn-record time 1:46.67, a NCAA 'B' cut. Emma Siewert finished 11th in the race (1:50.84) while Hurley came in 15th (1:51.87).

Church had one more outstanding swim in her on the night. Competing in the 'A' final, the freshman clocked a time of 55.71 to finish eighth. Taylor Sneed finished 11th overall in 56.21, while Baturka was 12th in 56.97.

Emily Ashton was the top Penn finisher in the 100 Breaststroke, touching the wall in 1:05.44 to finish 18th.

The night again ended on a high note for the Quakers as Stinner, Siewert, McCotter and Fortin collaborated for a time of 7:21.42 in the 800 Freestyle Relay, yet another Penn record.

Prelims will once again get started tomorrow at 11 a.m., with Penn putting swimmers in the pool for the 200 Backstroke, 100 Freestyle, 200 Breaststroke and 200 Butterfly. The 1650 Freestyle will bridge the gap between the prelims and finals, as they will begin that event at approximately 4 p.m. The competition will close tomorrow night with finals in those events listed above, as well as the 3-meter diving finals and the 400 Freestyle Relay.

Standings Through Day Two
1. Princeton 953.5
2. Harvard 920
3. Columbia 796
4. Yale 694
5. Dartmouth 565
6. Penn 503
7. Brown 445.5
8. Cornell 392

Download: Friday Results.pdf