Penn Wins 18 Events in Road Sweep of LaSalle

Penn at LaSalle

  • Men: Penn def. LaSalle 147-84; Women: Penn def. LaSalle 133-99
  • Results
  • Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Nov. 7, 2018

Courtesy: Penn Athletics

PHILADELPHIA – The University of Pennsylvania men’s and women’s swimming and diving programs completed a sweep over La Salle after winning 18 out of 24 events.

Penn Women 
The Quakers picked up their first dual victory of the season in comfortable fashion, winning 133-99. A relay team of Hannah Kannan, Rachel Maizes, Monika Burzynska, and Tara Larusso kicked off the meet with a win in the 400-medley relay (3:57.36). Kaitlyn Stearns followed the event with a victory in the 1,000 free (10:39.59), and picked up a victory in the 500 free later in the event (5:06.72) – improving 2.86 seconds on her season-best.

Vicky Wong won the 200 free (1:56.86) while Molly Westrick took the 50 free (25.32) to secure Penn’s fourth consecutive victory to start the meet.

The Quakers went 1-2-3 in the 200 fly; Anna Newnam won the event with a time of 2:07.36. Joanne Hu finished just over a second behind to take second place (2:08.38), and Burzynska  finished a hair behind Hu to secure third (2:08.40).

Larusso (53.89) and Wong (53.97) took the top two spots in the 100 free, respectively. The Quakers followed that event with another 1-2-3 finish in the 200 back. Kannan (2:07.66), Katie Kiely (2:08.38), and captain Libby Jardeleza (2:09.28) took the top three spots, all finishing at least four seconds faster than the rest of the pack.

The Quakers took second and third-place in the 3-meter diving event. Madison Perry finished in second with a score of 231.53 and Juliette Pozzuoli finished just behind with a score of 228.38. Perry posted the highest score for Penn in the 1-meter dive (207.30) and placed third.

Penn Men 
On the men’s side, Penn had a similar start. The Quakers won the first six events en route to a 147-84 victory over La Salle. A team consisting of Mark Blinstrub, Boris Yang, Sean Lee, and Thomas Dillinger won the 400-medley relay (3:23.56) in convincing fashion, finishing 4.60 seconds ahead of the competition.

The Quakers then went 1-2-3 in the 1,000 free. Will Thomas took first place (9:40.24), with Matthew Haigh coming in just behind (9:43.89), and CJ Hinckley rounding out the group in third (9:49.80). Jacob Furlong came out on the winning side of a tight finish in the 200 free (1:42.90), overtaking the La Salle swimmer on the last lap to win.

Dillinger won the 50 free (21.11) as Nathaniel Cunnan (21.32) and Lee (21.34) posted third and fourth-place finishes, respectively. For the second straight meet, Andrew won the 200 IM (1:56.70) and saw his teammate Yang finish just behind in second (1:56.72).

John-Michael Diveris won his first diving competition of the season, placing first in the 3-meter dive with a score of 304.73. James Hopper finished just behind with a score of 300.23.  Hopper won his first diving event for Penn later in the meet, placing first in the 1-meter dive with a score of 352.80. Diveris  finished second behind Hopper (313.35).

Lee earned his first solo win of the meet in the 100 free (46.23) after finishing just 0.03 seconds ahead of La Salle’s Marcus Forsgren. Freshman Zach Althoff won his first event for the Red and Blue after winning the 200 back (1:55.28).

For the second time on the men’s side and fourth time in the meet, Penn went 1-2-3 in an event. Jacob Furlong won the 500 free (4:41.35) while Jack McCaghren (4:45.08) and Matthew Haigh (4:47.47) finished in second and third, respectively.

The Quakers are on the road again later this week as they hit the Main Line to face city rivals Villanova on Friday at 5 p.m.

Courtesy: LaSalle Athletics

PHILADELPHIA – The La Salle University men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams closed out their home schedule for the calendar year with a dual meet against Penn at Kirk Pool on Wednesday. Both teams had prime performers earn victories but ultimately dropped the team competitions to the Quakers.

“Philadelphia gives us an awesome opportunity to have high quality competition on a Wednesday night,” head swimming & diving coach Jamie Platt said. “Penn is always tough, but we need tough meets at this point of the year to get better.”


  • On the women’s side, freshman Phoebe Shaya captured 18 points for the team with a pair of wins in diving events. Shaya scored 282.08 to win the 1-meter competition, bettering second-place finisher Kaitlyn Smykowski.
  • Shaya also won the 3-meter diving event over a pair of Quakers.
  • Another freshman, Sara Rizzetto, won the 200 IM and junior Carrie Horan took the 200 Breast.
  • In men’s action, another junior, Christoff Ras, made it a clean sweep of the 200 Breast with a first-place finish.
  • Reigning Atlantic 10 Rookie of the Week Zachary Wolbert claimed a victory in the 200 Fly.


La Salle will take a short trip south to Newark, Del. for a tri-meet with the University of Delaware and Rider on Saturday, Nov. 10, beginning at 11:00 a.m.

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