PHILADELPHIA - After an opening loss to Connecticut last Sunday, the women's swimming and diving team gets its Ivy League season started in earnest, hosting Cornell and Princeton at Sheerr Pool on Friday and Saturday. The Quakers battled hard against the Ivy League champion Tigers last season, falling 171.5-120.5 before rallying to defeat Cornell 156-144 in last year's tri-meet, held in Ithaca, N.Y.
Princeton opens its season this weekend after participating in unscored events last weekend at the Princeton Open and Minnesota Grand Prix. The defending Ivy League champions lose quite a bit from the 2010-11 squad, but have reloaded and appear to be on form for another strong season.
Following a seventh place finish at last season's Ivy Championships, Cornell began the 2011-12 season last weekend in a tri-meet with Harvard and Dartmouth. The Big Red were no match for the Crimson, losing by a count of 218-80, but were more competitive in a loss to the Big Green, falling by a score of 176.5-123.5. Freshman Meredith Drummond appears primed for a big first season in the Ivies.
Penn counters with a strong freshman class of its own, with Taylor Sneed leading the way. Sneed supplied the Quakers with two of their six individual event wins last weekend at UConn, snagging victories in the 100 Back and 100 Butterfly. Shelby Fortin was also a multiple winner in the 100 and 200 Freestyle. Melissa Parratto (200 Fly) and Katherine Ashenfelter (200 Back) were the other members of the Red and Blue to touch first on the day.
This weekend's meet begins Friday night at 7 p.m. with the men's and women's diving competitions. The women start the marathon day of swimming on Saturday at 11 a.m. with the men to follow at 3 p.m.