Ivy League Championship Central
Schedule of Events
PHILADELPHIA - The Penn women's swimming team travels to Harvard to compete in the Ivy League Championships, beginning Thursday and continuing on through Saturday evening at Blodgett Pool. With a fourth place finish a year ago, the Quakers made it three years running with an upper-division finish.
Although the Quakers finished just 2-5 in dual meets against Ivy opponents this season, the championship format will allow the Red and Blue another chance against teams that just squeaked past them for victories in the regular season, including Yale and Dartmouth. Penn claimed wins by wide margins against Cornell and Brown during the season, the two teams that brought up the rear at last year's championships.
For the second year in a row, Princeton was the 2011 Ivy League champion, racking up 1,562 points in the process. Harvard trailed behind them in second with 1,436 points. The battle for third place was hotly-contested and went to Columbia in the end. The Lions finished the competition with 894 points while Penn came in just behind at 888. Yale was a close fifth place with 860 points.
Along the way, the Quakers won four individual titles, including a trifecta from Shelby Fortin who took home the 200, 500 and 1000 Freestyle crowns. Kristi Edleson won the 1650 Freestyle while also recording a fifth place finish in the 1000 Free. Laura Klick (100 Breaststroke), Melissa Parratto (200 Butterfly) and Jacqui Snell (1-meter diving) each won 'B' finals as well.
Besides these returning top performers, freshmen such as Taylor Sneed -already a school record holder in the 100 Butterfly - and Tina Hurley, one of the top sprint freestylers in the Ivies, will only serve to add depth for the Quakers.
The Ivy League will offer full coverage of the championship, including live results as events are completed. Video is available here through the Harvard website. A one-day pass costs $14.95 while a weekend pass that allows you to view the championships in its entirety is $24.95. Preliminary heats will open the competition each day beginning at 11 a.m., with finals set to start at 6 p.m.