For a number of former Penn student-athletes, however, the most difficult move of their lives often ends up being the most necessary one. And while starting their next chapters after leaving Penn varsity teams provides former Quakers with major fulfillments in their own right, the sports world’s unique thrills of competition, triumphs and camaraderie often prove difficult to replace.
This weekend, a number of winter sports teams wrap up their seasons with Ivy League championships. While women's swimming and men's squash finished up last week, their opposite-gender counterparts along with gymnastics and indoor track and field all compete this weekend for postseason glory.
Penn women's swimming and diving was just inches away from getting their best finish ever at the Ivy League Championships last weekend, but ultimately finished fourth with 962 points.
Looks like all the hard work is done.
Penn swimming capped off its regular season with dual wins over West Chester last Friday.
The swimming and diving regular season comes to a close this Friday when the Penn men’s and women’s teams travel to West Chester University for a dual meet against the Golden Rams.
Once again, Harvard ruined a perfect afternoon.
In their first, last and only home meet of the season, the Penn men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams hosted Brown and Harvard for the final Ivy dual race of the season.
While everyone was relaxing during winter break, there was no time off for Penn swimming and diving, as both the men's and women's teams took on Dartmouth and Yale in their second Ivy League Tri-Meet of the season.
Both the men's and women's teams traveled to Gambier, Ohio, for their final meet of 2016: the Total Performance Invitational at Kenyon College. Over the course of the three-day meet, both teams cruised to first-place finishes, blowing out the closest competition.
They're already Philly's finest; now it's time to take it nationwide.
Penn men's and women's swimming are on the road to Gambier, Ohio this Thursday to compete in the Total Performance Invitational at Kenyon College.
Freshman Kristen Sun is swimming her heart out on both ends of the Pacific.
Sun represented Hong Kong, her home country, in the 2016 Asian Championships, in Tokyo Japan, from November 17 to 20.
Penn swimming and diving has hit the ground running. Figuratively, at least.
On Tuesday, just before the holiday break, the Quakers decided to build on their already strong start to the season, sweeping La Salle's men's and women's teams, 161-132 and 163-122, respectively.
This one has been a long time coming.
For the first time since 1989, the Penn men’s swimming and diving team defeated Princeton in a dual meet, handing the defending Ivy League champions their first loss of the season 192-108.
After promising performances the past two weekends, Penn swimming and diving are hoping to continue their success in their first Ivy League tri-meet of the season this upcoming Saturday.
This Saturday the Penn men’s and women’s swim teams were victorious in their meet against Villanova.
Days after Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton fervently competed for the hearts and minds of Pennsylvanians, Penn and Villanova swimmers will battle for in-state bragging rights of their own.
While it might be a new season for Penn men’s and women’s swimming and diving, the big names haven’t changed that much.
I set out to write this column about nutrition. As you’ll soon read, that’s not what happened.
The idea came to me last Monday after morning practice when coach Mike Schnur gathered the men’s and women’s swim teams for a meeting.
The men and women of Penn swimming and diving enter 2016’s spate of races with a strong sense of accomplishment.
When asked to describe last year’s edition of Penn swimming and diving in two words, current senior Grant Proctor was at a loss.
Across the pool deck, a teammate had a quick answer: “The best.”
Traditions are funny. Teams often start their seasons against the same opponent every year, and sometimes without good reason.
But Penn swimming is breaking the mould with their first meet this year — and breaking out of their comfort zone in the process.
For virtually as long as time itself, the Quakers have started their season with a dual meet against Columbia.