Princeton Sweeps Ivy Tri Meet; Penn’s Lia Thomas sets new program records

by Emma Edmund 6

November 21st, 2021 College, Ivy League


  • Saturday, November 20, 2021
  • Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Results (PDF)

Courtesy: Penn Athletics

PHILADELPHIA – The University of Pennsylvania men’s swimming and diving team split a meet with Princeton and Cornell on Saturday afternoon at Sheer Pool. The Quakers fell to the Tigers, 194-106, and beat the Big Red, 219-81.

It marked the sixth straight win for the Red and Blue against Cornell. Penn won a pair of events in the meet.

During the diving events on Friday night, Cody Hopkins finished first in the 3M with a score of 329.50.

Jason Schreiber won the 200 breast with a time of 2:00.79.

Quaker Notemeal
*In the 1M diving event on Friday, Jack Williams finished second with an NCAA B cut score of 310.50 while Hopkins was third with a mark of 306.15.

*Matthew Fallon finished second in both the 200 fly (1:48.07) and the 200 IM (1:49.27).

*Jack Loveless was second in the 1,000 free thanks to touching at 9:37.60.

*Schreiber also added a second-place finish in the 100 breast (56.38).

The University of Pennsylvania women’s swimming and diving team split a meet with Princeton and Cornell on Saturday afternoon at Sheer Pool. The Quakers fell to the Tigers, 162-138, and beat the Big Red, 208.5-91.5.

It marked the fifth time in the last six meetings that the Red and Blue defeated Cornell. Penn won six events on the day, capped by the 400 free relay to close things out. The Quaker quartet of Camryn CarterBridget O’LearyMargot Kaczorowski and Lia Thomas won with a time of 3:22.70.

The victory in the 400 free relay put an exclamation point on a big day for Thomas, as she won three events, set a pair of program records and posted the top time in the NCAA in two events. Thomas touched fist in the 200 free at 1:43.47. It was the fastest mark in the NCAA in the event this season and a new program best. She also finished first in the 500 free with a program record time of 4:35.06. She won the 500 free by over 12 seconds and her mark was the fastest in the NCAA this year. Thomas also added a victory in the 100 free (49.42).

Quaker Notemeal
*Hannah Liu was the other Quaker to win on Saturday, finishing first in the 100 breast with a time of 1:02.87.

*The Quakers set new pool records in the 200 free, 500 free, 1,000 free, 100 breast and 400 free relay.

Up Next
Penn Closes out the first semester of action in early December at the Zippy Invitational hosted by Akron.

Courtesy: Princeton Athletics

Philadelphia, PA – The Princeton University men’s swimming and diving team dominated Sheerr Pool on Saturday, defeating host Penn 194-106 and making quick work of Cornell, 235.50-64.50.

The Tigers were on their game in this meet, evidenced by Raunak Khosla (1:49.01) setting a new pool record in the 200 IM. Hunter Kim also swam in the 200 IM and placed third (1:51.11).

Princeton dominated the relay events once again, finishing first and third in the 200-medley relay and one-two in the 400 free relay.

In the 200-medley relay, the team of Brett Feyerick, Josh BrownNicholas Lim, and Max Walther (1:30.15) touched first, while the team of Tyler HongRaunak KhoslaMax Kreidl, and Brian Lou (1:32.67) came in third.

Meanwhile, in the 400 free relay, the team of Josh BrownNicholas LimBrett Feyerick, and Max Walther (2:59.03) edged the team of Jonathan PollockBrian LouColin Reilly, and Dylan Porges (3:05.75).

The Tigers secured three more one-two finishes in the 100 free, 200 free and 200 back. Max Walther earned first place in both the 100 (45.27) and 200 free (1:40.14), with Nicholas Lim (46.63) and Tyler Hong (1:40.68) respectively finishing in second.

In the 200 back, it was Tyler Hong (1:48.26) who touched first, followed closely behind by Brett Feyerick (1:48.60).

Princeton had three more events where two Tigers finished in the top three: The 100 fly, the 200 breast, and the 500 free.

Raunak Khosla (49.35) earned first place in the 100 fly, while Nicholas Lim (49.82) place third. In the 200 breast, Brian Lou (2:01.63) touched second with Josh Brown (2:03.43) taking third. And in the 500 free, Hunter Kim (4:31.57) placed first with John Ehling (4:38.89) coming in third.

Finally, the last five remaining events all featured first place finishes. John Ehling (9:33.65) in the 1000 free, Brett Feyerick (49.67) in the 100 back, Josh Brown (55.71) in the 100 breast, Raunak Khosla 1:47.54 in the 200 butterfly and Brian Lou (20.33) in the 50 free.

In the one-meter dive, Colten Young earned first place with 311.65 points. In the three-meter dive, Colten Young took second (328.20 points) while Joe Victor placed third (325.05).

The Princeton University women’s swimming and diving team took care of business Saturday at Sheerr Pool, defeating host Penn 162-138 and quickly subduing Cornell 221-78.

The Tigers were in top form in this meet, setting a grand total of FOUR pool records: The 200 medley, the 200 back, the 200 IM and the 200 fly.

In the 200 medley relay, the team of Alexa PappasJaime ChenChristina Bradley, and Nikki Venema combined to go 1:41.32. The team of Margaux McDonaldVivian WangJess Yeager, and Amelia Liu (1:44.35) finished third in the same race.

The anchor of that first place relay team, Nikki Venema, went on to set pool records in the 200 back (1:59.64) and the 200 IM (2:01.62). Liza Whitmire (2:00.42) earned second place in the 200 back, while Christina Bradley (2:02.75) finished third in the 200 IM

Jess Yeager rounds out the list of pool record setters, going 1:58.95 in the 200 fly.

Princeton’s strong performance didn’t end there. The Tigers finished one-two in three additional events: The 100 back, 50 free, and 100 fly.

Margaux McDonald (55.10) touched first in the 100 back, followed by Alexa Pappas (55.79). In the 50 free, Nikki Venema (23.09) secured first place while Amelia Liu (23.51) earned a second place finish. Finally, in the 100 fly, Alexa Pappas (54.81) and Jess Yeager (54.85) came in first and second respectively.

Rounding out the last few individual events, Margaux McDonald finished first (2:16.52) in the 200 breast, while Amelia Liu (50.54) touched second in the 100 free. Liu also earned a third place finish in the 200 free (1:50.82).

Three other Tigers secured third place finishes: Elizabeth Boeckman (10:04.75) in the 1000 free, Jaime Chen (1:04.31) in the100 breast, and Ellie Marquardt (4:48.64) in the 500 free.

Finally, the 400 free relay team of Vivian WangEllie MarquardtJennifer Secrest, and Jess Yeager (3:25.13) finished in second.

In the one-meter dive, Maddie Seltzer (269.95) took first place while Julia Fidanza (253.90) came in third. In the three-meter dive, it was Julia Fidanza (261.95) who came in first, with Maddie Seltzer (249.35) taking third.

Next up: The Princeton University swimming and diving team will host the Big Al Invitational from December 3rd through December 5th.

Courtesy: Cornell Athletics

PHILADELPHIA – Junior Jeremy Marcin led the Cornell men’s swimming and diving team in its Ivy League tri-meet against Penn and Princeton, notching a pair of second place finishes in his events on Saturday at Penn’s Sheerr Pool in Philadelphia.

Marcin’s runner-up placings came in the 50 freestyle and 100 butterfly, where he clocked in at 21.22 in the 50 freestyle and 49.60 in the 100 butterfly to finish second in both events. Marcin had support from his fellow Big Red teammates in both events, with Ian Mackey notching a sixth-place finish in the 50 freestyle (21.63) and Joseph Gurski placing fifth in the 100 butterfly (50.49). The top-five finish in the 100 butterfly wasn’t the only of the day for Gurski, however, as the freshman’s best finish came in the 200 butterfly where he placed fourth in 1:52.09.

Jacob Bass notched a fourth-place finish of his own in the 200 breaststroke, touching the wall in 2:07.00. Jack Valiquette completed the race two spots behind Bass, placing sixth in the 200 breaststroke with a time of 2:09.52.

Senior freestyle distance specialist Jake Lawson swam well in his events, placing fifth in the 1,000 freestyle in 9:44.31 and sixth in the 500 freestyle in 4:42.27. Freshmen Sebastian Wolff and Jack Banks each notched a sixth-place finish in their respective events, with Wolff finishing his 100 breaststroke race in 58.03 and Banks completing his 100 freestyle race in 47.41.

Banks teamed up with Gurski, Marcin, and Kyle Pro in the 400 freestyle relay, as the Big Red quartet beat Penn in the event and placed fourth overall with a time of 3:07.84.

Despite improvement from a week ago and multiple strong performances by the Big Red, Cornell fell to both Penn and Princeton on Saturday. Penn emerged victorious by a score of 208.50 to 91.50, while Princeton bested the Big Red by a score of 235.50 to 64.50. With the losses, Cornell drops to 1-4 on the season and 0-4 in the conference standings.

The Cornell women’s swimming and diving team may have fallen to Penn and Princeton, but it certainly didn’t go down without a fight, tallying numerous strong showings on Saturday afternoon at Penn’s Sheerr Pool in Philadelphia.

In the swimming events, junior Melissa Parker and sophomore Priscilla Wongso paced the Big Red, as the pair made Cornell’s presence known in the freestyle events. The duo teamed up in both the 50 and 100 freestyle races, finishing among the top-five of both events. In the 50 freestyle, it was Wongso who notched the top finish, placing third in 23.69 with Parker following in fifth (23.74). The roles were reversed in the 100 freestyle, as Parker was the top finisher in third place (51.59) and Wongso followed in fourth (51.79). As if that wasn’t already enough, Parker also added a sixth-place showing in the 200 freestyle with a time of 1:52.51.

In the diving events, senior Demetra Williams secured a top-five placement in both disciplines, finishing as the runner-up in the 3-meter with 251.85 points. Williams posted a fourth-place finish in the 1-meter, amassing 242.85 points. Junior Elise Jendritz notched a fourth-place finish of her own, as her 245.05 points in the 3-meter was good for fourth.

Back in the swimming events, senior Gillian Caverly finished fifth in both the 100 backstroke (57.00) and 200 backstroke (2:02.86). Senior Allison Chang swam well in the breaststroke races, placing sixth in both the 100 breaststroke (1:05.34) and 200 breaststroke (2:23.17).

Other notable performances on the day included Ashley Altera in the 200 butterfly and Allie Danko in the 1,000 freestyle. Altera clocked in at 2:05.47 in the 200 butterfly to place sixth, while Danko recorded the sixth-fastest time in the 1,000 freestyle (10:24.00).

At the end of the day, Penn emerged victorious over the Big Red by a score of 219-81, while Princeton defeated Cornell by a score of 221-78. With the losses, Cornell falls to 2-3 on the season and 1-3 in conference action.

The Cornell swimming and diving team will be back in action when it competes at the Zippy Invitational, hosted by Akron, on Dec. 3-5 in Akron, Ohio.

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2 years ago

Allowing Lia to swim on the women’s team is just flat out wrong. This is the way to set back women’s swimming and athletics in general.

2 years ago

NCAA should be transparent about the rules and regulations for someone to switch from men’s team to women’s team.

Parents should speak up and demand some answer. All these staying quiet and don’t wanna ruffle some feathers energy won’t do any good for your daughters future.

The same for female athletes. It’s okay to be demanding and fight for your space and rights. If they don’t want to listen, make them listen. Do some walk out or boycott.

Reply to  nottodaysatan
2 years ago

The NCAA is incredibly transparent about the rules and regulations.

I don’t think that lack of transparency about the rules and regulations is a fair criticism in this case. You don’t have to like the rules and regulations, but that’s not the same as lack of transparency.

Reply to  Braden Keith
2 years ago

Who make this rules and why no one objected to it? One year of testosterone suppression treatment will not make anything fair and equal for female athletes.

A trans female treated with testosterone suppression medication may continue to compete on a men’s team but may not compete on a women’s team without changing it to a mixed team status until completing one year of testosterone suppression treatment.

Reply to  Reba
2 years ago

I don’t blame the swimmer and think that they should be able to compete in SOME way, but this is clearly not the answer. The IOC/NCAA’s decision on this does not follow the science/literature–if I am mistaken, someone please point me in the direction of the studies that show suppressing your testosterone for a year will automatically revert all of the impacts of male puberty.

It was only a matter of time before we saw something like this.