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W. Swimming starts in sixth at Ivy meet After one day, the Penn women's swimming team is in sixth place out of eight teams in the Ivy League Championships, held today through Saturday at Princeton. Penn has 75 points, two more than Cornell and 14 more than Dartmouth. Brown (246 points) is the current leader, followed by Princeton (225), Yale (216), Columbia (89) and Harvard (85). The Quakers have finished last at this meet in each of the last nine years. Freshman Linda Fescoe has paced Penn's effort so far with her sixth-place finish in the 50-yard freestyle. The Quakers' 200 free relay placed fifth, but was just 58/100ths of a second behind third-place Columbia. Penn's 400 medley relay finished sixth, while freshman Kathleen Holthaus paced the Quakers' effort in the 500 free with her 13th-place finish. -- Jason Bodnar

Bowman released from Atlanta Hawks Former Penn men's basketball player Ira Bowman was released from his 10-day contract with the Atlanta Hawks yesterday. Bowman's release came on the heels of the Hawks' trade of Dikembe Mutombo and Roshown McLeod to Philadelphia. The Hawks received four players from the Sixers in the deal, making it necessary for Atlanta to release Bowman and Larry Robinson from their 10-day contracts. Bowman played in three games for the Hawks. He was 0-2 from the floor, grabbed two rebounds and dished out seven assists in 19 minutes. On Tuesday night, Bowman recorded five assists in 13 minutes against Sacramento. The 1996 Penn graduate played in 11 games for the Sixers last year, scoring five points in 20 minutes. Bowman is sixth on the Quakers' all-time list with 113 steals. He was a co-captain of Penn's co-Ivy champion 1995-96 team. -- J.B. Field hockey players get academic honors Six Penn field hockey athletes were named yesterday to the 2000 National Field Hockey Coaches Association Division I National Academic Squad. Junior Maria Karas led the Quakers' honorees, as she became only the fourth Penn athlete to be named to the team multiple times. Four Penn sophomores -- Katherine Davis, Amanda Doherty, Hayley Lofink and Anna Mitchell -- were chosen to the squad. Quakers freshman Carrie Wilhelm was also honored. Penn's six selections were second in the Ivy League, behind only Yale's nine. Student-athletes qualified for the award by having a minimum grade point average of 3.30 and by being a starter or key reserve during the fall 2000 season. -- J.B.

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