CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – With five varsity records broken on the second day of the Ivy League Men’s Swimming and Diving Championships at Harvard’s Blodgett Pool, the University of Pennsylvania men’s swimming team held on to third place in the standings, with 723 points. Harvard and Princeton maintain the top two places with 1011 points and 929 points, respectively.
In the first event of the evening, Penn set a new varsity record in the 200 medley relay with its second place finish and gave the Red and Blue 56 points. The Quakers – freshman Phillip Hu, sophomore Kyle Yu, senior Rhoads Worster, and sophomore Eric Schultz – touched the wall at 1:27.33, breaking the school record (1:29.13) that was set in 2011.
Sophomore Chris Swanson set the second new record of the evening for Penn, after battling with Yale’s Brian Hogan for first place in the 1000 free. Swanson touched the wall 14 hundredths of a second behind Hogan but broke the varsity record (9:01.40) he set last year with his time of 8:53.02.
A third varsity record was reset in the 400 IM by freshman Grant Proctor. Earlier in the day during preliminaries, Proctor swam the event in 3:51.01, breaking sophomore Brendan Crystal’s time of 3:52.30 set last year. In the finals, his time of 3:52.24 made the NCAA B Cut (3:54.49).
In the preliminaries of the 100 fly, Worster put up a time of 46.97 besting the record he set last year (47.99). Later in the evening, Worster swam the event in 47.05, making the NCAA B Cut of 48.29 and gave the Quakers 27 team points with his third place finish.
Worster hadn’t put up his last record of the day, as he also set a new time in the 100 back. Last year the record was set at 48.95 by junior Dillon McHugh, but Worster swam the event faster in both the preliminaries (48.42) and the finals (48.63).
The other finals that took place were the 200 free, 100 breast, 800 free relay, and the 3 meter dive consolation rounds.
Harvard stacked up the A Finals in the 200 free, having five out of the eight swimmers. In the B Final, Schultz came up with the top time of 1:38.01, earning ninth place overall and 20 team points. Junior Alex Porter swam in the C Final and finished third and 19th overall with his time of 1:40.65.
Freshman Cole Hurwitz and Yu swam in the A Final of the 100 breast and earning Penn a total of 49 points. Hurwitz took fourth after touching the wall at 54.34 and made the NCAA B Cut time of 55.39. Yu also made the B Cut and took seventh with a time of 55.05. A third Quaker, sophomore Bobby Francis, also made the NCAA B Cut after finishing first in the B Final with a time of 55.07. Junior Chris Lyons joined Francis in the B Final and came in at 55.94.
Consolation rounds for the 3 meter dive took place before the last event of the evening, and freshman Jack Stein finished in first in the B Final with a score of 333.20.
The day’s events ended with the 800 free relay. Penn earned its last 52 points from McHugh, sophomore Bradley Wachenfeld, Swanson, and Proctor, who swam the event in 6:35.86.
Action resumes Saturday at 11 a.m. with preliminary heats. The final heats will begin at 6 p.m.