STORRS, Conn. – It all came down to the last event, as the University of Pennsylvania men’s swimming and diving team came up six points shy against Connecticut in the 2013-14 season opener. The Huskies broke a pool record and earned 11 points to give them the 153-147 win over the Quakers on Saturday in the Wolff-Zackin Natatorium. In the loss, the Red and Blue captured seven event wins.
Like the women, the men started the meet with a win in the 200 medley relay. Contributing to the first place finish (1:32.03) was freshman Phillip Hu, sophomore Kyle Yu, senior Rhoads Worster, and junior Alex Porter.
After a first place finish by the women in the 200 free, freshman Kevin Su kept the streak going with another top place at 1:42.26. Following Su was Worster with another event win. Worster swam the 100 backstroke in 50.50 and finished more than a second ahead of the second place swimmer from UConn.
The Red and Blue claimed their next number one spot in the 50 free. Sophomore Eric Schultz beat Huskie Felix Samuels to the wall in six seconds with a time of 21.02.
Elsewhere, freshman Jack Stein was the first and only Quaker to place in a dive, scoring 267.83 in the 1mtr dive.
Penn’s final event win of the day, the 100 butterfly, was also its first one-two finish at the meet. Worster swam in 49.57 and Porter came next at 51.13.
The excitement of the meet escalated to the last race, the 200 free relay, as the Red and Blue entered the event with the edge, 143-140. It looked as if the Quakers were going to come out on top, but the Huskies came back and edged Penn, giving them the necessary points to win the meet.
Penn will be back in action next Friday when they host the first Ivy competition of the season with Columbia at Sheerr Pool.