Erica Higa really, really loved her first visit to Rwanda a year ago. So much so, as a matter of fact, that the Penn women’s soccer rising senior had to coerce a couple of friends to come along for round two.
For all the time that has passed since Title IX first made its way into federal law 45 years ago, a new report suggests that improving the status of women in intercollegiate athletics has largely stalled.
For many, summer is a great time to relax and recover from nine months of late-night cramming and early-morning rising. But for Penn student-athletes, summer isn't much of a rest. It might be the offseason, but few athletes can afford to take the summer off. On top of all of the training, throw in a full work day in the office and suddenly, a warm summer's day doesn't seem so pleasant anymore. For DP Sports' three varsity student athletes, however, it is nothing they aren't used to. Check out how they are balancing it all below.
Now, a new set of freshmen are up to bat.
While the class only has five players, it is replacing an even smaller group of seniors that boasted only one major contributor in Matt Howard.
On May 27, USA Field Hockey announced their selections for the 2017 Young Women’s National Championship. Included among the players chosen were two of Penn’s own — Alexa Hoover and Alexa Schneck.
Karl Racine, the current Washington, D.C. Attorney General and a 1980s Penn men’s basketball standout, is leading a lawsuit against U.S. President Donald Trump.
Over Thanksgiving break next season, the Quakers will be heading down to the Bahamas to participate in the Junkanoo Jam, the team announced earlier today. The annual event consists of two separate four-team bracket, with two guaranteed games for each team.
Many athletes wearing the Red and Blue will trade in their uniforms for suits and ties during the summer for a 10-week crash course of knowledge and experience in various industries such as finance, engineering, medicine and technology.
But just because an athlete may have an internship doesn’t mean their normal commitments as a college athlete are ending.
Penn football, women’s soccer, and field hockey all recently released their fall 2017 schedules. The Quakers are looking forward to a competitive and successful season across the athletics department.
Jack McCloskey, the former Penn basketball player and coach who went on to have a long and successful career in the NBA, died Thursday in Savannah, Georgia at the age of 91.
Daniel finished her career as a Quaker on collegiate tennis’ biggest stage. Though her tenure officially ended on Thursday, it was what she did on Wednesday that will go down as one of the defining moments in her singles’ career: qualifying for the NCAA Women’s Singles Championship and winning a round.
After a record number of Penn athletes qualified for the NCAA East Regional Preliminaries in Lexington, Kentucky this year, hopes were high that Pen track and field would be able to continue their season’s success into the upcoming NCAA Championships in Eugene, Oregon.
On Thursday, Penn track and field heads to Lexington, KY to compete in their season-ending NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships. The Red and Blue enter the NCAA East Preliminary Round in almost too-fitting fashion, sending a record 25 team members across both teams.
But now, Allen is facing a whole new kind of challenge. As an assistant coach for the Boston Celtics, Allen now has to help his team slow down the NBA defending champion Cleveland Cavaliers.
A tough start to the season took Penn out of Ivy League contention early, but a strong finish helped solidify the All-Ivy seasons of five Quakers.
While most Penn athletes were enjoying their first days of summer without games or classes, Penn’s rowing and track and field athletes were still hard at work over the weekend.
They don’t call it May Madness for nothing. In the opening round of the NCAA Tournament, No. 7 Penn women’s lacrosse found this out the hard way, coming up just short in a wild last-ditch comeback effort against unseeded Navy en route to a stunning 11-10 loss.
The Ivy League Basketball tournament will return to the Palestra in 2018 for its second year.
There’s no stopping it. Your final game might end in heartbreak. It might end with injury. It might even be for an Ivy title.
The Ivy League's track and field season came to a close on Sunday, and the women of Penn finished with their best performance in 11 years.
It’d been sixteen days since Penn women’s lacrosse topped Princeton in an emotional, physical affair, leading from start to finish and giving their bitter rivals their first — and ultimately only — Ivy League loss of the year. In the teams’ first meeting since then, the Tigers made sure revenge would be sweet.
Another year of Penn Relays is now history. And while Penn track and field may not have repeated the same success of 2016, which saw the team win its first Relay since 1974, the Quakers still made a number of finals appearances, and broke some records, too.
At this point, there’s only one word for Penn women’s lacrosse: dynasty.
Penn track and field's sprinters have a busy weekend in front of them. As one of premier units on the team, both the men's and women's sprinters will be facing some of the best schools in the country this weekend at the Penn Relays. But that won't faze them, as they've shown throughout the year that they belong with the best.
The Penn Relays are upon us. And while the oldest and largest track and field meet in the nation is a sight to see, it can be tough to catch every event over the three-day bonanza. With that in mind, here are five events you should put on your calendar to get the best, most efficient Relays experience.
Freshman shot put and discus thrower Maura Kimmel has blazed her way into Division I athletics with an absolutely dazzling debut to her career. In just her third meet of the indoor season, Kimmel knocked off the school record in the indoor shot put — and she was quite literally just getting started.
With some of the world’s best athletes descending on Franklin Field for the Penn Relays, thousands will be in attendance to seem them compete. Although they might not be the main attraction, Penn track and field’s distance runners are hoping their performances will catch fans’ attention too.
Simply put, the Penn Relays is not only a bucket list experience, but it’s one that should keep you coming back, too. The roaring — and conspicuously Jamaican — crowds, the star power, the fanfare, the atmosphere and so much more provide everyone in attendance something to enjoy.
As the 2016-17 school year nears its close, there have been some incredible Penn Athletics feats to reflect upon. But with so many Penn teams having such thorough success this year, there’s one natural question to ask — which one was best? DP Sports set out to find out.
Aside from personnel, tactics have changed significantly this season as the team has rolled out a brand new defensive scheme. The old standard of man-to-man defense was exchanged for a more fluid zone system, in part to adapt to the new shot clock rule.
Sophomore Zareh Kaloustian was cut from Penn men's golf at the start of the 2016 season. In his time away from competition, he found his confidence on the course again.
Spring Fling has a very different meaning for freshman Isis Trotman.
For most Penn students, Fling weekend is a chance to forget about school, go to concerts and party.
The Quakers began what was arguably their toughest road weekend of the season against No. 44 Dartmouth. After dropping the doubles point to the Big Green, Penn began an epic series of singles contest. After two routine, straight-set losses, The Quakers were down 3-0 on the brink of defeat. Still, the Red and Blue would not quit.
With just four games left of the 2017 softball season, senior right fielder Leah Allen is doing all she can to cement her legacy as one of the greatest players to ever grace Penn Park.
One team needed to win to keep its season alive. The other had the chance to move into first place in the Ivy League with a victory. And both took care of business.
While the majority of Penn students were busting out new fling tanks and party hopping, Penn rowing had a busy weekend in a different way — but with mixed results.
No. 10 Penn women’s lacrosse took one giant leap towards the top of the Ivy League standings with a pivotal 17-12 win over No. 7 Princeton on Wednesday night. Saturday’s clash at Harvard is now even more important, as the Quakers could conceivably return to the top of the conference, should league-leaders No. 11 Cornell slip up.
In a rollercoaster matchup between Big 5 rivals that saw three lead changes in the final three innings, the Quakers fell to Saint Joseph's by the score of 5-4 on a two run, walk-off single. This loss is the fifth straight and six out of seven for the Red and Blue (15-17, 5-7 Ivy), who were swept in a four-game weekend set at home against Princeton.
For Morales, coming to Penn came with the luxury of ambiguity not usually afforded to athletes of her caliber. Part of that comes from the niche nature of the sport of wakeboarding; another explanation is her humble comportment.
If things go their way, Penn women’s tennis could end up with slice of this season’s Ivy League title, but if you ask anybody on the team, it’s clear that they have better things to focus on.
Yes, wins are important, but for coach Sanela Kunovac’s side, this season has been made to be about one thing – the process.
After an incredible spring break trip down to Florida saw the Quakers win four out of five matches, the team (10-8, 3-2 Ivy) hit a setback when it dropped its opening two matches of Ivy play to Princeton and Columbia.
Things have been different since then.
As finals week approaches for students around campus and the stress in the air seems to outnumber the pollen count, tensions are rising in the sports world as well. Spring regular seasons are coming to a close, and only several meets stand in the way of Penn track and field's pursuit of regional and national success.
It's title time. This Friday, Penn’s men's and women's golf will take to the course for the Ivy League Championship.
It's been 60 years since Penn last hosted the East Regionals in the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament, when the Palestra saw March Madness played out under its roof for four straight years in 1954-57.
We started out the season trying to find our identity. While we had many of the same players, it was not the same team. We battled through some tough losses, but only to come out stronger. We were able to do that by focusing on one possession at a time. We took that mentality through to the end of the season.
With such a star-studded senior class, Penn softball is desperate for a late season rally to send some of its top contributors off in style.
Most athletes, including myself, come in with a perfect image of what it means to be a Division I athlete. I committed in the fall of my junior year to Penn field hockey as a goalkeeper. Unfortunately, the experience that I endured was something so unexpected and disheartening that still, to this day, it's hard to accept.
Honorable Mention All-Ivy. 23 wins. 232 saves. 1,757 minutes played. So far, that is the legacy that the goalkeeper will leave behind from her two seasons with the Quakers. Quite possibly, fans may have never had the chance to witness her sheer dominance, but fate, as always, intervened.
From a development standpoint, a collegiate athlete’s freshman season is critical. It is a time of learning by doing, developing skills, and getting an initial taste of college athletics.
It was just one of those days. That's all that needs to be said to describe Penn rowing's performances this weekend. The women's, men's heavyweight and men's lightweight squads all took encouraging yet frustrating second-place finishes in their respective meets.
This one hurts. Penn softball entered this weekend's four game set with Princeton on the upswing, winners of four of their last five, and in prime striking distance, just one game back from the Tigers in the Ivy South Division. But now, it's all but over.