It was a busy weekend for the Quakers as nine teams were in action, and that doesn't even include four combined games for the men's and women's basketball squads. The Red and Blue came up big this weekend, scoring important victories in women's squash, men's tennis and both men's and women's swimming, among others. For coverage of this weekend and more, here's this week's edition of Weekend Wrap.
The weekend provided the No. 3 ranked Quakers with a variety of stern road tests that would either make or break the team's season. Coming off a 9-0 defeat to No. 1 Princeton on Wednesday, the Quakers defeated No. 9 Brown and No. 7 Stanford on Saturday. On Sunday, Penn completed a sweep of the weekend with a 7-2 victory over No. 5 Yale. It was a Super Squash Sweep for the ladies who now sit at 10-2 overall, 3-2 in the Ivy League.
Penn's gymnastics competed in a tri-meet this weekend at Ball State University in Muncie, Ind. Led by freshman Elyse Shenberger who placed second on the balance beam, the Quakers put together a strong effort but came up just short of first place. The host Cardinals won the event with a score of 193.800 while the Quakers finished the meet at 189.575. Penn did, however, finish ahead of Centenary, who came in third with a score of 187.550. The Quakers will be back in action next weekend when they visit West Chester.
Looking for a strong start to their spring season, the Quakers faced two tough opponents in a series of back-to-back matches this weekend. On Saturday, Penn fell to in-state rival Penn State 6-1. Although sophomore Jeremy Court was the only Quaker to win a singles match, the overall contest was much closer than the scoreline indicated. The Red and Blue returned to campus on Sunday and met Buffalo University. Led by another strong performance by Court, Penn dominated the matchup and captured a 6-1 victory of its own.
Men's and Women's Swimming:
The men's and women's swimming teams competed at LaSalle this weekend, and both scored important victories over the hosts. On the men's side, Penn dominated the dual-meet, capturing 13 of the first 14 events on Saturday. The team got off to a strong start in the 400 yard medley relay, thanks to the team of Dillon McHugh, Kyle Yu, Rhoads Worster and John Germanis. While the men won easily, 175-121, the women faced a much tougher battle in their dual-meet. Although the Quakers eventually won the meet, 159-140, the victory was not secure until the very end. The men head to Cambridge, Mass., next Saturday to take on a battle-tested Harvard team, while the women's team has a weekend off.
Men's and Women's Fencing:
It was a flawless weekend for both of Penn's fencing teams, as the men and women finished a combined 8-0 at the Eric Sollee Invitational. Competing against Stevens Tech, MIT, Boston College, and Brandeis, both squads put on a performance that will provide momentum for the rest of the season. It was the first tournament this season in which the women did not suffer a defeat. On the other side, the men's team extended its winning streak to 11 matches. Nationally, the men are ranked No. 8 and the women are slotted at No. 10. With the Ivy League championship up for grabs, the men and women head to Cambridge, Mass., next weekend to compete in the Ivy-League round-robins.
The Quakers secured their first Ivy League victory of the season on Saturday with a 6-3 victory over Brown. Though the team has struggled this season, it has been competitive in consecutive Ivy League games, a positive sign for the team moving forward. Thanks to strong performances by juniors Derek Chilvers, John Dudzik and Daniel Judd, the team now sits at 1-4 in the Ivy League. Next weekend, the squad will travel to New York to face Columbia on Friday before returning home to battle Cornell on Sunday.