Women's Swimming Opens Season at Home Against Columbia

PHILADELPHIA – The Penn women’s swimming team will begin the season on Sunday at 2 p.m. when it hosts Columbia at Sheer Pool. Last season, Penn lost to Columbia in New York, 184-114, and the Red and Blue will look upend the Lions in the opening meet.

The Quakers are led by tri-captains: Lauren Bergstrom, Sara Coenen and Amy Wolf. Bergstrom was a member of the 800-yard free relay team that broke the team record last season. Every member of the line-up (Bergstrom, Stephanie Nerby, Lauren Brandes and Andrea Balint) will back forthisyear.Seven team records were broke last season and all seven record-setters and relay teams are back, and looking to make splash in the 2008-09 season.

Coenen, a two-time first-team All-Ivy selection, will make an impact for the Quakers in the backstroke event. Coenen was an Ivy gold medalist in both the 100-yard and 200-yard backstroke, while breaking team records in both events. She was also a member of the 400-yard free relay team that set a team record in 2007-08.

Classmates Naomi Delphin and Amy Reams will look to continue their success as Quakers. Delphin swam a team-best 200-yard fly last season, while Reams broke the 50-yard freestyle team-record. Delphin and Reams are part of a strong junior class that will look to lead the team, which also includes: Ainsley Cookingham, Coenen, Nerby, Brandes and Balint.

The sophomore and freshmen classes will also be counted on to fill the spots of lost seniors including, Megan Carlin and Amy Ottensmeyer. Carlin holds team records in the 100-yard and 200-yard breaststroke and a member of the record-holding 400-yard medley relay team.

Columbiaarrives in Philadelphia having won their opening meet at Yale. In a close contest, the Lions edged the Bulldogs, 155-145.