Women's Swimming Picks up Milestone Victory

HANOVER, N.H. – The University of Pennsylvania women’s swimming and diving team defeated Yale and Dartmouth on Saturday. Penn defeated Dartmouth 210 – 90 and Yale 151.50 – 148.50. For the Quakers, it was their first win over the Bulldogs in 18 years and just their second in the 35 year history of women’s swimming in the Ivy League.

Janis Scanlon (223.20) and Kate McArdle (222.40) got things rolling for the Red and Blue by placing second and third respectively in the 3-meter diving. Penn then took second place in the 200-yard medley relay with a time of 1:48.55. Cameron Villarreal (10:23.29) notched the Quakers first victory by taking the 1,000-yard free by just three seconds.

The Red and Blue’s next victory came in the 200-yard free as Lauren Bergstrom (1:55.00) took the top spot. Margot Newcomer (1:55.45) placed third. Penn dominated the 100-yard breast by placing three swimmers in the top five. Megan Carlin (1:06.06) placed first and Laine Litman (1:07.65) and Lindsey Gottschalk (1:08.74) took third and fourth.

The Quakers did not have to wait long for their next win as Alison Bretherick (2:08.35) took first in the next event, the 200-yard fly. Bretherick edged out teammate Sarah Jeffers (2:08.38) by three –tenths of a second.

The Red and Blue hung tough for the duration of the meet and won the final three events of the day. Margot Newcomer (5:04.73) placed first in the 500-yard free. Bretherick (2:07.80) picked up her second win of the day, this time in the 200-yard IM. Penn’s final victory came in the 400-yard free relay. The team of Lauren Bergstrom, Tara Gillies, Stephanie Colson and Jessica Aiello won the final event with a time of 3:33.11.

Penn will be in action again on Saturday, Jan. 28 when they travel to Annapolis, Md. to take on Navy at noon.

Download: Dartmouth Yale Penn results 012106.pdf