Thomas takes home four first-place finishes at Ivy Championships

The senior put up record-breaking times in three individual events and one relay event, which helped the Quakers achieve their highest finish ever at the conference Championships.

Lia Thomas holds her championship plaque while standing on the podium alongside an Ivy official.
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Senior Lia Thomas of the women’s swimming and diving team continued her sensational, record-shattering season over the weekend at the Ivy League Championships at Harvard in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Thomas, from Austin, Texas, placed first in four events and was selected High-Point Swimmer of the Meet.

She won the 100 free with a time of 47.63, a new meet, pool, and program record. She also set a new meet and pool record in the 200 free, finishing first with a time of 1:43.12.

In the 500 free, Thomas took the top spot with a time of 4:37.32, a new pool record.

Thomas celebrates with her arms raised after a race.
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Along with junior Margot Kaczorowski, senior Hannah Kannah, and junior Camryn Carter, Thomas was a part of the 400 free relay team that placed first with a time of 3:17.80, a pool and program record. The quartet’s victory marked the first time in program history that Penn won a relay at the Ivy League Championships.

Overall, the Quakers finished third at the Championships—their highest ever finish—with 1,256 points. Harvard finished first and Yale came in second. The Red & Blue’s 1,256 points were the most every scored at the Ivy League Championships, surpassing the previous mark of 1,073 in 2007.