PHILADELPHIA - In a tightly-contested meet where each team claimed eight of the 16 events, Penn's depth was key as the Quakers held on for their second win in as many days, downing La Salle by a score of 159-140 on Saturday afternoon from the Explorers' Kirk Pool.
Six swimmers won individual events for the Quakers, with Shelby Fortin and Melissa Parratto winning two apiece. Annie McCotter began the day in style with a victory in the 1000 Freestyle, squeaking past La Salle's Colleen Larkin at the end in a time of 10:19.08. With the teams competing in shortened events, Lauryn Brown, Fortin and Emily Baturka all won events 50-meter races. Fortin won her first event of the day in the 50 Freestyle (24.50), while Brown (50 Butterfly) and Baturka (50 Backstroke) swam nearly identical times, closing out in 26.92 and 26.97, respectively. Fortin soon thereafter would add a second event to her haul, winning the 100 Freestyle in 52.52.
The meet was still in doubt until Penn was able to claim the last few events. Sydney Stinner started it with a win in the 500 Freestyle (5:06.19), finishing just four-hundredths of a second ahead of Fortin. Parratto then closed it out with wins in consecutive swims, taking the 200 Butterfly in 2:06.59 and the 200 IM in 2:10.81.
The women's team is off next weekend. Selected members of the team will travel to compete in the University of Virginia's Cavalier Invitational on Feb. 15-16, while others will next compete at the Ivy League Championships from Feb. 28-March 2 at Princeton.
Download: Swim Results.pdf