We all know you've had ample basketball coverage this weekend, but you can only read so much about Penn's basketball struggles at Princeton. So what about the members of the Red and Blue? For recaps of Penn's other squads, look no further than this week's edition of Weekend Wrap.
The women's squash team hadn't seen live action for six weeks before taking the court this weekend. Matched up against the top-ranked Harvard Crimson squad, the Quakers fell 6-3. On Sunday, the ladies defeated Dartmouth, 9-0, and were led in large part by freshman Yan Xin.
Men's squash Hosting Harvard on Saturday, the Quakers struggled mightily and ultimately were swept by the Crimson. After falling 9-0 the day before, the Red and Blue managed to win only once on Sunday, and fell to Dartmouth 8-1. Though the long holiday layoff may be to blame, Penn will need better performances from its No.1 and No. 2 positions if it hopes to improve its Ivy League record.
Ranked No. 20, the Quakers hoped to begin 2013 on a high note. Against Iowa State, though, Penn fell for the second time this season, 23-9. The Quakers had won four consecutive matches, and senior Mark Rappo helped the team take an early lead against the Cyclones. Nevertheless, Rappo's teammates couldn't sustain the momentum, and now sit at 4-2 on the season.
At the Lindsey Ferris Invitational at George Washington University in Washington D.C., the Quakers posted the team's highest score ever at the tournament. With a score of 189.575, Penn passed its previous record point total at the invitational, a score of 189.025 set last year. Still, the Quakers finished a disappointing fourth at the Invitational, even after a strong performance by senior Dana Bonincontri. The team will head to Rutgers University next weekend to take on the Scarlet Knights, Bridgeport and Ursinus.
Track & Field
At the New York Road Runners’ College Night at the Armory in New York on Saturday, the Quakers track and field team continued its momentum from the early season. Aided by strong performances from sophomore sprinter Tom Timmins, freshman Tim Hamlett and senior Allante Keels, Penn finished second out of 14 teams. Timmins, Hamlett and Keels all qualified for for the IC4A Championships. The trio, along with freshman Brandon Senior, won the 4 X 400m relay to conclude the night.
Against Princeton in its Ivy League opener, the women's basketball team was demolished by the Tigers, falling 77-47. While the Tigers are favorites to win the conference title this season, Penn failed to challenge its opponent from the opening tip. After falling behind 17-2, the Quakers could not mount a comeback, and eventually dropped to 7-6 overall, 0-1 in the Ivy League.
Both of Penn's swimming teams dove into Sheerr pool this weekend to face a pair of Ivy League opponents. While the women were able to take down Dartmouth on Saturday, the team fell to Yale 176-121. The men, on the other hand, dropped both matchups this weekend, losing to Dartmouth 124-176 and Yale 139-161. Both teams will travel to Providence next weekend to compete against Brown and Harvard in a tri-meet on Saturday.