PHILADELPHIA – The University of Pennsylvania women’s swimming and diving team will begin its home schedule by hosting Villanova on Saturday afternoon at Sheerr Pool. The Quakers will share the pool with the men’s squad, with both meets beginning at 1 p.m.
The Quakers began their 2015-16 slate by notching a pair of wins last weekend against UMBC and Columbia. The Red and Blue began with a 176-125 triumph over their conference foes, and followed up with a 173-127 victory over the Retrievers.
Sophomore Virginia Burns was terrific in both meets, and for her efforts was named the Ivy League Swimmer of the Week on Tuesday by CollegeSwimming.com.
Burns began the weekend with three triumphs against the Lions, notching wins in the 100, 200 and 500 freestyles. She followed that up with three more wins on Saturday, capturing both the 200 (1:51.95) and 500 free (5:00.93) for the second-straight day -- while also being a member of a triumphant relay squad. Burns swam the anchor for a 400-free team composed of Carter Orth, Rochelle Dong and Mary Whiting.
Dong was also impressive to open the season, registering four individual wins of her own. The junior compiled triumphs in the 50 free and 100 fly against Columbia, and followed up with victories in the 100 free and 50 free versus UMBC.
A few of Penn’s freshmen registered their first career wins last weekend, including Libby Jardeleza who claimed a pair of victories in each of the meets. Jardeleza was victorious in the 100 back against both Columbia and UMBC, while also taking titles in the 200 back and 100 fly.
In addition, Carter Orth and Nancy Hu both recorded individual wins in their first action with the Quakers last weekend.
Scouting the Wildcats
Villanova has already hit the pool five times this season, and is currently unbeaten in dual meets. The Wildcats have put together wins against La Salle, UConn, Georgetown, Rutgers, and Seton Hall.
Freshman Darby Goodwin was named the Big East Athlete of the Week on Monday, after strong performances in a quad meet last weekend. She has five individual wins in her first collegiate season.
Last year, Villanova captured its second-consecutive BIG EAST championship. Led by 12 all-conference selections and the meet’s Most Outstanding Performer, Kaisla Kollanus, the Wildcats won 14-of-18 conference-championship events and broke five program records.
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