PHILADELPHIA -The women's swimming team got its first taste of Ivy League competition on Friday afternoon at Sheerr Pool, easily disposing of Cornell, 190-90, but coming up short against Princeton, 165-113. Annie McCotter posted two wins on the day for the Quakers, winning the 500 and 1000 Freestyle events.
The first swim of the afternoon came in the 200 Medley Relay, where Penn's all-freshman 'A' team of Lauren Church, Catherine Yee, Rachel Astles and Emily Baturka took third. McCotter was next on the blocks and she blew away the field in the 1000 Free, coming in with a time of 10:09.62 and defeating Princeton's India Boland by nearly eight seconds. Annie's older sister Maureen, a member of the Tigers, came in third, while Kristi Edleson and Julia Anderson were close behind in fourth and fifth.
The Quakers were competitive in each of the next two events as well. Shelby Fortin, Morgan Scott and Sydney Stinner came in 2-3-4 in the 200 Freestyle. Princeton's Jillian Altenburger was just able to edge out Fortin at the finish, leaving Penn's star junior with a second place time of 1:50.58. Next up, Church and Lauryn Brown finished second and third in the 100 Backstroke, Church leading the Red and Blue with a time of 57.92.
Against a field that included last year's Ivy League champion in the event, Christina Hurley notched a third place finish in the 50 Freestyle, touching the wall in 24.32. Fortin followed her with a second place showing in another sprint event, the 100 Freestyle. Fortin's time of 51.60 came up just short to Princeton's Lisa Boyce, who won both sprint freestyle races on the day.
McCotter wasn't finished yet for the Quakers, winning the 500 Free in 4:59.26 with Stinner coming in second at 5:07.40. Astles would later lay claim to the 100 Butterfly, touching first in 57.87.
The final race of the day was the 400 Freestyle Relay. Helped along by a final leg 52.02 from Fortin, the Penn 'A' team of Dayae Choi, Hurley, Stinner and Fortin came in second at 3:31.70.
After a pair of meets at home, the Quakers will venture out for the first time this season when they compete in Kenyon College's Total Performance Invitational from Nov. 29-Dec. 1. Penn has one last home meet in December before the team breaks for finals and the holidays, facing Columbia at Sheerr Pool on Dec. 7.
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