PHILADELPHIA – The University of Pennsylvania women’s swimming and diving team recorded its third-consecutive win on Saturday afternoon, securing a 176-121 triumph over previously undefeated Villanova at Sheerr Pool. The Quakers racked up wins in 12 events, including a sweep of diving.
The duo of Virginia Burns and Rochelle Dong combined for five individual wins to lead the way. Burns raced to the 200-free title, touching the wall in 1:51.78. Burns made it a two-win day with a triumph in the 500 free. She took the distance crown with a time of 4:58.88.
Dong posted triumphs in the 50 free, 100 free and 100 fly. Dong darted to a top time of 23.39 in the 50 free, and 56.01 in the 100 fly. In one of the closest finishes of the day, Dong finished three-hundredths of a second (51:28) faster than Villanova’s Kaisla Kollanus in the 100 free.
Dong was also a part of a winning 200-medley relay team. The squad of Dong, Libby Jardeleza, Haley Wickham, and Carter Orth posted a top mark of 1:45.14.
Sophomore Maggie Heller swept the three-meter and one-meter dive events, posting top scores of 272.55 and 249.22.
Other winners for Penn included Libby Jardeleza and Haley Wickham. Jardeleza captured the 100 back (56.25), while Wickham took home the gold in the 100 breast (1:05.91). Also in the breaststroke, Sydney Tan claimed the title in the 200 with a winning time of 2:20.80.
Nancy Hu continued her strong freshman season, registering the fastest time in the 200 fly (2:03.52).
The Quakers will be back in action next weekend, traveling to Princeton for a meet with the Tigers and Cornell.