PHILADELPHIA - The women's swimming team has won the past two Total Performance Invitationals, and hopes to go for a three-peat this weekend when they face off against Bowling Green, Carnegie-Mellon, Davidson, Grove City and Kenyon, at the Kenyon Aquatic Center in Gambier, Ohio.
Penn won last season's event with a total of 1433 points accumulated over the three days of competition. Kenyon finished second with 1314 points, while Colgate, not back this season, was the only other team to end with over 700 points. Kristi Edleson (1650 Free) and Melissa Parratto (400 IM) return for the Quakers to defend titles from a season ago, but Shelby Fortin -- who won the 200 Back and 500 Free along with a pair of runner-up finishes in 2010 -- will not be in uniform for the Red and Blue this weekend, instead traveling with Head Coach Mike Schnur to Atlanta to take part in the Winter National Championships, a long course competition that will allow her the opportunity to qualify for the U.S. Olympic Trials. Edleson will also travel to Atlanta on Friday.
This weekend will allow the squad to perform in a wide variety of events, as there is no cap on the number of events one can enter. With that format in mind, many swimmers will be put in unfamiliar territory with the chance to improve their standing in advance of February's Ivy Championships. While Taylor Sneed and Christina Hurley are just two of the freshmen who have already played an important part for the Quakers in the early portion of the season, expect to see much more of the talented freshman class beginning on Thursday night.
Results and recaps will be available after each day of the Total Performance Invitational.