PHILADELPHIA – The University of Pennsylvania’s women’s swimming and diving team will be hitting the road this weekend to take on Ivy League foes, Princeton and Cornell, in the first tri-meet of the season. Princeton’s DeNunzio Pool, the site of this year’s Ivy League Championships, will be the setting for Saturday’s noon start.
The Red and Blue are coming off of an impressive victory over Villanova on Saturday afternoon at Sheerr Pool. Penn took down the Wildcats, who came into the meet undefeated (5-0), by a score of 176-121. The Quakers registered victories in 12-of-16 events, five of which came from Virginia Burns and Rochelle Dong.
Burns raced to the 200-free title, touching the wall in 1:51.78. She then made it a two-win day with a triumph in the 500 free. Burns 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.
Penn was also strong in the diving events, with sophomore Maggie Heller sweeping both the one meter (27.2.55) and three meter (249.22).
Scouting the Tigers...
Princeton opened up the season last weekend by splitting up its squad for the Minnesota Pro Series and Penn State Open. In spite of sending six of their top swimmers to Minnesota, the Tigers finished second in College Station.
Freshman Lindsey Swartz notched Princeton’s lone victory at PSU, swimming to the 200-breast crown in 2:21.89. Fellow rookie Monica McGrath had three top-three finishes. McGrath took second in the 200 free (1:53.07), and third in both the 500 (4:57.22) and mile (17:08.37).
Princeton is the defending Ivy League champions, and has captured the conference crown two out of the last three years.
Scouting the Big Red...
Cornell has already had a taste of an Ivy League tri-meet this season, splitting one last weekend against Harvard and Dartmouth. The Big Red won four total events in a win over Dartmouth (205-95) and a loss to Harvard (191-109).
Senior Jennifer Zhang grabbed the 200-fly title (2:05.11), Jenna Immormino finished first in the 50 free (23.33) and 100 free (50.85), and Micaela Luders won the 500 free (5:01.00).
Cornell finished seventh with 602 total points at last year’s Ivy League Championships at Princeton.