Women's Swimming Opens With 198-100 Loss to Harvard

PHILADELPHIA – The Penn women’s swimming team lostits first meet of the season, to defending Ivy champion Harvard, 198-100. But it wasn’t all bad news for the Quakers, as anumber of top-three finishes from freshmengave the Red and Blue hope for the season to come.

In the 100-yard freestyle, freshman Lauren Brandes came in first, beating her Harvard opponents by just one-tenth of a second with a time of 52.63. She also came in second in the 50-yard freestyle, with a time of 24.35.

Freshman Sara Coenen also had a good meet,placing first in both the 200-yard backstroke (2:01.35) andthe 100-yard backstroke (57.43).

In diving, freshman Melissa Gardel came in third with a total score of 236.25.

In the 200-yard medley relay, senior Stephanie Colson, freshman Andrea Balint, sophomore Tara Gillies and Brandes came in third, with a team time of 1:49.14.

Several upperclassmen contributed, as well. Senior Cameron Villarreal came in third in the 1000-yard freestyle with a time of 10:26.35. In the 100-yard freestyle, senior Margot Newcomer came in second with a time of 5:06.5, while Villarrealwas right behind her at 5:06.68 for third place. In the 100-yard butterfly, Gillies came in second at 58.35, while senior Alison Bretherick came in third in the 200-yard IM with a time of 2:12.70.

The highlight of the meet for the Quakers was the 400-yard freestyle relay, wherePenn swept the top three spots. In first was an all-freshman squad of Brandes, Balint, Nerby and Coenen; theyfinished with a time of 3:31.61. Gillies, senior Stephanie Colson, sophomore Lauren Bergstrom and Newcomer came in second at 3:38.24. Villarreal, sophomore Laura D'Erasmo, sophomore Theresa Altieri, and junior Sarah Bargmannclocked in at3:48.58.

Up next, the Quakers will face off against Lehigh and Rider Saturday in Lawrenceville, N.J. The meet is scheduled to begin at 10:30 a.m.

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