Women's Swimming Wins Opener Against UConn

Combined Men's and Women's Results (pdf)

With 24 underclassmen opposing just six seniors, the 2012-13 version of the women's swimming team is undoubtedly on the young side. Fortunately, the talent that was on display Saturday might just balance out some of the inexperience. With five wins in individual races coming courtesy of freshmen, and an all-freshman relay team taking home the 200 Medley Relay, the Quakers cruised to a 174-125 victory over the visiting UConn Huskies on Saturday at Sheerr Pool.

Penn set the tone for the day in the 200 Medley Relay. Lauren Church established a large lead for her 'A' team in the first 50 yards and it only grew from there with Catherine Yee, Rachel Astles and Emily Baturka each expanding on their team's edge. Penn claimed the victory with a time of 1:47.02 while the Quaker 'B' team of Lauryn Brown, Dayae Choi, Taylor Sneed and Christina Hurley was second in 1:48.82.

As has become custom over the past two seasons, junior Shelby Fortin won her first race of the season in the 1000 Freestyle (9:56.85), finishing over 24 seconds clear of UConn's runner-up. Later in the day she would add another win in the 100 Freestyle, touching the wall in 51.14 ahead of Choi, who finished second in 52.51.

A pair of freshmen went 1-2 in the 200 Freestyle with Sydney Stinner (1:52.22) and Morgan Scott (1:53.00) placing ahead of the three Connecticut swimmers in the race. Stinner added a second win in the 500 Freestyle, clocking in at 5:00.96. Church joined her in winning twice on Saturday. The freshman had her way in the backstroke, winning both the 100 (57.54) and 200 (2:04.87). In the 50 Freestyle, Baturka outsprinted Chinyere Pigot of UConn, winning by eight-hundredths of a second with a time of 24.23.

Sneed and Melissa Parratto made sure that the freshmen didn't have all the fun. Sneed, the school record holder in the 100 Butterfly, nipped the freshman Astles in that event with a time of 58.26 to 58.36. Brown joined them in 58.89 to ensure a 1-2-3 finish for the Quakers in the race.

Parratto, a senior, was a double winner as well. Her time of 2:05.11 easily outdistanced the pack in the 200 Butterfly and she teamed with Megan Alexander and Katherine Ashenfelter for a 1-2-3 finish in the 200 IM.

Penn is home once again next weekend, facing an Ivy League tri-meet with Cornell and Princeton on Friday afternoon. Diving will get started at 1 p.m. with swimming set to begin at 3:30 p.m. from Sheerr Pool.