PHILADELPHIA – Winning the first five events of the meet, the University of Pennsylvania men’s swimming and diving team captured a total of 12 first-place finishes and easily defeated Columbia, 185-113. The Quakers blew the Lions out of the water with a 72-point margin victory tonight at Sheerr Pool, with it being all the more sweet as the last win against Columbia, 161-139, dated back to 2009. The seniors relished the moment as it was also the first time the class took the win over the Lions.
Penn took the first points of the meet with a win in the 200 medley relay. Freshman Phillip Hu, sophomore Kyle Yu, senior captain Rhoads Worster, and sophomore Eric Schultz finished the relay at 1:30.23, which is just 14 hundredths of a second away from the 2012 record at Sheerr Pool (1:30.09).
The Quakers continued to finish on top, as they went on to win the next four events – 1000 free, 200 free, 100 back, and 100 breast.
It was a one-two finish in the 1000 free for the Red and Blue as sophomore Chris Swanson grabbed nine points with his time (9:22.52) and was followed by freshman Wes Thomas (9:28.79) who took four points. 4.51 seconds later, Columbia came in to take third.
Freshman Kevin Su continued the winning streak for the Quakers, finishing on top in the 200 free (1:40.87). Having already participated in the 200 medley relay with Penn ‘A’, Worster and Yu followed suit, winning the 100 back (49.95) and 100 breast (56.83), respectively. Coming in behind Yu was Sophomore Bobby Francis (57.07) and freshman Cole Hurwitz (57.41), giving Penn its first one, two, three finish of the evening.
The second one, two, three finish came in the 200 breast, again with Yu finishing first (2:02.99). Hurwitz took four points (2:03.87) and sophomore Brendan Crystal took three (2:05.80).
Elsewere, top marks were awarded to freshman Jack Stein in both the 3mtr dive (299.93 pts.) and 1mtr dive (286.50 pts.).
Swanson snagged his second victory of the evening in the 500 free (4:32.82), while freshman Michael Wen took his first in the 200 IM (1:52.88).
Sophomore Eric Schultz finished the 100 free in 45.73, just 26 hundredths of a second ahead of Columbia to take first. Schultz later finished the meet with junior Alex Porter, junior Dillon McHugh, and Worster, who put the icing on the cake with the final event win in the 400 free relay (3:02.87). The ‘A’ team took the last 11 points, finishing 3.36 seconds ahead of Columbia.
Next weekend, Penn will travel to Ithaca and continue Ivy competition with Cornell and Princeton.