NEW YORK, N.Y. – The University of Pennsylvania women’s swimming and diving team put together 10 wins on Friday afternoon, on the way to a season-opening 176-125 win over Columbia at Uris Pool in New York City. It is the second-consecutive season that the Quakers open the Ivy season with a triumph over the Lions.
Sophomore Virginia Burns was the big winner Penn, notching wins in the 100, 200 and 500-freestyles. Burns was especially impressive in the 200, touching the wall over two seconds faster than the field. Freshman Madison Visco came in behind Burns to pick up the second-place finish.
Junior Rochelle Dong also put together a nice showing to open season, taking victories in the 50 free and the 100 fly. In one of the most thrilling finishes of the day, Dong finished two-hundredths of a second (55.59) ahead of Columbia’s Christina Ray to win gold in the 100-fly.
Penn had a pair of freshmen record their first-ever wins on Friday as well. Nancy Hu was a victor in the 200 fly, while Libby Jardeleza touched the wall first in the 200 and 100 backstrokes.
Sophomore Carolyn Yang posted one of the more lop-sided triumphs, defeating the 1,000-free field by over eight seconds. Yang clocked a winning time of 10:19.46.
Junior Ellie Grimes was also victorious, barely edging out a pair of fellow Quakers to win the 200-breast crown. Grimes recorded a time of 2:23.30, while second-place finisher Sydney Tan came in at 2:23.64.
Despite not picking up the victory, the Quakers opened the meet with a two-through-four finish in the three-meter dive. Sophomore Maggie Heller was the top performer, placing second with a score of 249.22.
The Quakers will be right back in the pool tomorrow afternoon, when they travel to take on UMBC.