Princeton Sweeps Cornell, Penn As Tiger Men & Women Improve To 5-0

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November 20th, 2023 College, Ivy League, News, Previews & Recaps

Penn vs Cornell vs Princeton

Courtesy: Princeton Athletics

PRINCETON, N.J. – The Princeton University women’s swimming & diving team moved to 5-0 on the season 4-0 in Ivy League duals with a pair of victories over the University of Pennsylvania and Cornell Saturday at DeNunzio Pool.

The Tigers defeated the Quakers 226-74 and the Big Red 222-78 on a day that saw Princeton win 14 events.

The meet began with a victory in the 200 medley relay as the team of Alexa PappasEliza BrownEdie Simecek and Sabrina Johnston finished with a time of a 1:39.05.

Ellie Marquardt touched the wall at 1:48.38 in the 200 freestyle to earn a first-place finish. Marquardt also earned a first-place finish in the 500 freestyle, where she finished with a time of 4:51.87.

In the 100 backstroke, Pappas’ time of 54.48 saw her secure the win, while Margaux McDonald came in first in the 100 breaststroke after clocking in at 1:01.22, an NCAA B cut. McDonald’s second win of the day came in the 200 breaststroke, where she finished in 2:13.87.

Heidi Smithwick and Dakota Tucker both earned NCAA B cuts in the 200 butterfly, as Smithwick finished first in 1:58.03 and Tucker second in 1:59.05.

Sabrina Johnston won the 50 freestyle in 22.74, while Ela Noble’s time of 50.07 in the 100 freestyle saw her earn the win.

The diving events were swept by Charlotte Martinkus, who earned a score of 302.80 on 3-meter and 320.70 on 1-meter.

Grace Black took first in the 200 backstroke after touching the wall at 1:59.53 while Eleanor Sun won the 200 IM in 2:01.12.

A time of 3:20.05 saw Marquardt, Smithwick, Noble and Johnson win the 400 freestyle relay.

Up Next
Select divers will begin competition at the USA Diving Winter Nationals on Nov. 27 in Knoxville, Tennessee.

PRINCETON, N.J. – The Princeton University men’s swimming & diving team moved to 5-0 on the season Saturday at DeNunzio Pool when it earned victories over the University of Pennsylvania and Cornell.

The Tigers triumphed over Penn, 193-107, and Cornell, 204-96, on day where the Tigers won 12 events.

The day began with a win in the 200 medley relay as the team of Tyler HongNoah SechYanning Zhang and Lucas Tudoras finished in 1:28.30.

John Ehling earned a first-place finish in the 1000 freestyle after touching the wall at 9:07.86, and Max Kreidl came in first in the 200 freestyle after clocking in at 1:36.18.

Yanning Zhang took first in the 100 backstroke in 47.97, while Hong’s time of 1:44.81 in the 200 butterfly saw him finish first and earn an NCAA B cut. Hong’s third first-place finish came in the 100 butterfly, where he clocked in at 47.23. Brett Feyerick also took first in the 50 freestyle with a time of 20.24.

Aidan Wang swept the diving events with a score of 333.75 on 1-meter and 380.10 on 3-meter.

In the 500 freestyle Mitch Schott earned the win after touching the wall at 4:22.86, and Lucas Strobek took first in the 200 IM in 1:47.68.

In the final event of the meet, Feyerick, Tudoras, Adell Sabovic and Hong won the 400 freestyle relay with a time of 2:56.97.

Up Next
Select divers will begin competition at the USA Diving Winter Nationals on Nov. 27 in Knoxville, Tennessee.

Courtesy: Cornell Athletics

PRINCETON, N.J. — The Cornell women’s swimming and diving team took down Penn by a score of 191-109 on Saturday afternoon from DeNunzio Pool. The Big Red also matched up against Princeton, taking a 204-96 loss. The Big Red had a podium finisher in 10 of 16 events.

Cornell picked up one solo victory on the afternoon as Anna Gruvberger took home the win in the 100-Yard Butterfly with a time of 54.38. Marie Williams also picked up a second-place finish in the 200-Yard Backstroke, finishing almost a second ahead of Meg Wheeler from Princeton. Priscilla Wongso continued the solid start to her senior season, finishing second in the 100-Yard Freestyle as part of a 2-3-4 finish for the Big Red, with Emilie Boisrenoult and Kate Li taking home third and fourth. Wongso also clinched a third-place finish in the 50-Yard Freestyle with a time of 23.15.

But the most impressive night came from Katherine Yee, as the first-year swimmer broke the program record in the 200-Yard Butterfly with a 1:59.53, 0.17 seconds ahead of Maegan Rudolph’s time set at the 2019 Ivy League Championships. Yee followed up that record-breaking time with a third-place finish in the 200-Yard IM, finishing almost two seconds ahead of teammate Kate Li. Yee was not the only first-year swimmer to grab a podium, as Brooke Andrews finished third in the 1-Meter Dive with 249.45 points.

The Big Red’s relay unit also had a strong showing. In the 200-Yard Medley, the quartet of Ming XuAmy Wu, Boisrenoult, and Wongso took third with a time of 1:42.17. And to round out the tri-meet, Cornell had two teams in the top four of the 400-Yard Freestyle, as Boisrenoult, Joelle Ohr, Wongso, and Li had the runner-up spot with a 3:24.04, while Bahar DemirkiranAllie DankoAlex Syrkin, and Olivia Sutter secured fourth (3:33.13).

With Saturday’s win over the Quakers, Cornell has won three out of the last five meets and improved its record to 30-13-1 overall.

Up Next
The Big Red will have Thanksgiving off before heading to Ohio for the 2023 Zippy Invitational. Cornell will look to improve on its fifth-place finish from a year ago in the four-day competition, which runs from Thursday, Nov. 30-Sunday, Dec. 3.

PRINCETON, N.J. — Underclassmen Julian Correa and Pietro Ubertalli led the Cornell men’s swimming and diving team in its Ivy League tri-meet against Penn and Princeton, picking up a combined four podium finishes on Saturday afternoon from DeNunzio Pool.

Correa picked up points for the Big Red early in the 1000-Yard Freestyle with a runner-up finish, clocking in at 9:12.93, almost eight seconds ahead of Penn’s Kevin Keil. The freshman would follow that up with a third-place nod in the 500-Yard Freestyle, finishing .07 seconds ahead of the Quakers’ Truman Armstrong. Ubertalli matched Correa with a second-place finish in the 200-Yard Backstroke with a time of 1:45.13, just eight hundredths of a second behind top finisher Daniel Gallagher, and a bronze in the 200-Yard Freestyle (1:38.21). Ubertalli also swam the opener of the 400-Yard Freestyle Relay in which the Big Red finished third, as Mac MarshJoseph Gurski, and Jacques Grove put together a 2:59.99.

Connor Brown continued to impress in his second Ivy meet of his career, as the Sammamish, Wash. native finished second in the 100-Yard Breaststroke, touching the wall at 54.99.

The upperclassmen group also picked up some valuable points on the afternoon. Paige daCosta earned third in the 100-Yard Backstroke with a 48.67, less than a second ahead of teammate Logan Holt, who finished fifth. Joseph Gurski continued to pick up points in his junior season, picking up third-place finishes in the 100-Yard (47.93) and 200-Yard Butterfly events (1:47.53). Teammate Jacques Grove followed closely in the 200-Yard event, finishing fourth with a 1:48.21.

Cornell had podium finishes in nine of the 16 events held on Saturday. Despite the positives, Cornell fell to Penn (169.50-130.50) and Princeton (204-96) to drop to 3-3 overall and 1-3 in conference action.

Up Next
Cornell will have a week off before traveling to Ohio for the 2023 Zippy Invitational hosted by the University of Akron from Thursday, Nov. 30-Sunday, Dec. 3, where it will look to better its runner-up finish from a year ago.

Courtesy: Penn Athletics

PRINCETON, N.J. – The University of Pennsylvania women’s swimming and diving team struggled to do much of anything on Saturday, falling against both Princeton and Cornell at DeNunzio Pool.

The Quakers (2-4, 0-4 Ivy) fell 226-74 to Princeton and 191-109 to Cornell to conclude the weekend.

Quaker Notemeal
*Anna Kalandadze had Penn’s only first-place finish on the afternoon with a time of 9:59.72 in the 1,000-yard freestyle.

*She also took third place in the 500 free (4:54.28).

*On the boards, Sadie Howard placed third in the three-meter dive, scoring a 271.15.

*The Quakers ended the day with a third-place finish in the 400 free relay as Jenna JacobsAnna MoehnKeara McGowan and Abby Wickersham timed in at 3:30.20.

Up Next
Penn heads to the U.S. Open in Greensboro, N.C starting on Thursday, November 30.

PRINCETON, N.J. – Racing in its first tri-meet of the 2023-24 season, the University of Pennsylvania men’s swimming and diving team topped Cornell, 169.5-130.5, and fell to host Princeton, 193-107, Saturday afternoon at DeNunzio Pool.

The Quakers (2-2, 2-2 Ivy) are an even .500 in Ivy meets this year following Saturday’s split. Penn totaled four first-place finishes during the meet with a pair for Matthew Fallon.

Quaker Notemeal
*Fallon began the day with an NCAA B-Cut time of 52.17 in the 100-yard breaststroke to take first place. His 1:55.84 in the 200 breast was also a B-Cut time. Fallon placed second in the 200-yard individual medley (1:48.99)

*Liam Campbell placed first in the 100-yard freestyle (44.42). He also took second in the 50 free (20.31).

*Daniel Gallagher was victorious in the 200-yard backstroke with a time of 1:45.05.

*Andrew Dai took second in the 200-yard butterfly, clocking in at 1:47.26, along with second-place showing in the 100 fly (47.71)

*Kevin Keil swam a 9:20.26 to place third in the 1,000 free.

*The Quakers took home a pair of second-place finishes in relay events, taking second in the 200 medley relay (Campbell, Fallon, Dai, Alex Fu, 1:28.62) and the 400 free relay (James Curreri, Campbell, Fu and Ben Feldman, 2:59.39).

*On the boards, Jack Williams reeled off a pair of third-place finishes with a score of 308.90 in the one-meter dive and 335.15 in the three meters.

Up Next
The Quakers head to Greensboro, N.C. on November 30 for the U.S. Open.

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3 months ago

That Penn women’s press release was scathing. Don’t school reporters usually try to put the team in a positive light?