Women's Swimming Travels to UConn for Season Opener

PHILADELPHIA-The Penn women's swimming and diving team begins its season this Sunday, traveling to face the UConn Huskies at 12 p.m. A victory would be the second consecutive win against the Big East foe after the Quakers defeated the Huskies 171.5-126.5 in Philadelphia last season.

Penn, who finished fourth in the Ivy League Championships last season, will look for major contributions from returning sophomores and First-Team All-Ivy performers Shelby Fortin and Kristi Edleson. Fortin, who became the first women's swimmer in school history to win three events in a single Ivy League Championships, placed first in the 50 Freestyle and 200 Backstroke in last season's matchup with UConn. In her Quaker debut, Edleson also placed first overall, winning the 500 Freestyle.

Another sophomore, Katherine Ashenfelter, progressed as the season went along and finished her freshman campaign with a 12th place finishes at the Ivy Championships in the 200 IM and 100 Backstroke, and a 7th place finish in the 200 Backstroke.

Penn will look for continued success against the Huskies from Melissa Parratto, winner of last year's 100 and 200 Butterfly races, and senior Laura Klick, a school record-holder in the 100 and 200 Breaststroke and 200 IM competitions.

Other key returnees include senior Jenny Claydon, one of this season's tri-captains,and sophomore Blair Webb, who both take part in numerous relay and individual events.

Head Coach Mike Schnur brought in a class of fourteen freshmen in the offseason who will bolster an already strong squad.

Connecticut has already begun head-to-head competition, defeating Army 182.5-109.5 last weekend as well as competing in a Big East Quad Meet along with Georgetown, Rutgers and Villanova.