While we were away for spring break, spring sports stayed busy from Philadelphia to the West Coast. Catch up with the Quakers as winter sports charge towards final gasps for glory at NCAA Championships and spring sports show hints of what the coming season has in store.
Men’s basketball's campaign ends inches away from Selection Sunday
Penn held up to Yale closely into the final few moments of its Ivy Madness matchup, but last-minute missed threes and Yale's staying strategic with Penn’s fouls let the Bulldogs run away with a spot in the final. But the season-ending heartbreak won’t rewrite Penn’s returning campaign from a missed season. We’re grateful to still have a few more years with most of the team — and keep in mind, Jordan Dingle and Clark Slajchert are currently just sophomores. We'll see you again in the Palestra stands this fall!
Gymnastics sets highest-ever score by an Ivy League program
Here we go again! Penn gymnastics posted another program-best score with a total of 196.225 at Maryland, but this time, the number toppled the Ivy League-best as well. The team's high-scoring habits this season are headed next to the Gymnastics East Conference Championships.
Penn swimming at the NCAA championships
Senior Lia Thomas spoke in a Sports Illustrated exclusive after months of absence from media, voicing her experience of competing in Division I swimming as a transgender woman. Now she will swim on the national stage at the NCAA Women's Swimming and Diving Championships in Atlanta from Mar. 16-19., joined by fellow senior Catherine Buroker and junior Anna Kalandadze. Stay tuned for on-the-site coverage from DP Sports!
Freshman Matthew Fallon also earned a bid to the NCAA Championships, and he will be entering the 200 breaststroke with the second-best time in the nation at 1:49.71.
Victory against Villanova extends win streak for men's lacrosse
The Quakers continue to raise the heart rates of Penn fans by winning on one-point margins at the last second, with their most recent coming against Villanova 8-7 after defeating Penn State 10-9 the weekend prior. With 16 goals so far, Dylan Gergar is proving to be an incredibly reliable force on Penn's offense, and he came up with game-winner against the Wildcats with just 0:00.5 seconds left.
MLB is back, but don’t forget about college baseball!
The MLB finally exists again after 99 days! But these past few weeks have shown just how exciting the college ball scene can be, and we hope your attention won’t stray too far from the Quakers even at the temptation of MLB's big free-agent signings. Penn concluded its string of Spring Break games with a sweep of a doubleheader against Winthrop, and will host Monmouth on home grounds this Wednesday.
Ivy League honors for women’s basketball
While we missed out on a chance to see women's basketball at the Ivy League Tournament after its season-ending defeat against Princeton, the Quakers still scored Ivy League recognition for their remarkable contributions. Junior Kayla Padilla and sophomore Jordan Obi were named first team and second team All-Ivy, respectively, and senior Kennedy Suttle received Academic All-Ivy honors.
Record number of wrestlers bound for NCAA Championships
Nine Penn wrestlers are NCAA Championships-bound, the most ever for a single season in program history. Coach Roger Reina was also named EIWA Coach of the Year for the impressive 8-2 wrestling season that persisted through extensive COVID-19 challenges.
NCAA fencing championship participants to be revealed this Tuesday
Penn men’s and women’s fencing have shown strong results, enough to put several Quakers in contention for a ticket to the NCAA National Championships.
An All-Penn Molloy Cup final at the CSA Individual Championships
Sophomore Nick Spizzirri and freshman Nathan Kueh faced off for an All-Penn Molloy Cup West final at the CSA Individual Championships, and the freshman emerged victorious after an incredible rally of wins through the weekend.
Softball on a slippery slope
It's a worrying situation for softball as the Quakers currently sit 2-13 after their trip to California, where they faced nine different schools without returning a single win. With Ivy League matchups fast approaching, there is still room to turn the season around and allow the Quakers can keep their head up on fields much closer to home.
Tennis and golf return
Tennis returned to action this past week, with the women's team pulling sweeps against Penn State and UC San Diego, and the men winning two of five matches on its trip to the west coast.
Men’s golf has returned to competition in North Myrtle Beach lasting Mar. 14-15, while the women’s team will head to the Prospect Bay Intercollegiate competition early April to open its spring season.
In or near Philly this week? Support Penn Sports in person!
Wed., Mar. 16
3:00 p.m. - Baseball vs Monmouth
Fri., Mar. 18
1:00 p.m. - Women's tennis vs Temple
Sat., Mar. 19
1:00 p.m. - Men's lacrosse @ Princeton
Track and Field Penn Challenge
Sat., Mar. 19 - Sun., Mar. 20
11:30 a.m. - Baseball vs Wagner
12:30 p.m. - Softball vs Columbia
Find full schedules here. We hope to see you in the stands!