PHILADELPHIA – In front of a packed house, it really was home sweet home for the University of Pennsylvania swimming teams as both the men and women defeated Brown in Sheerr Pool on Saturday afternoon. Both teams broke 170 points, with the men winning 179-116 and the women 172-126.
Combined, the Quakers won the first six events of the meet.
The men tallied their first of 11 event wins in the 3 meter dive. Freshman Jack Stein finished with a total score of 313.35 and senior Will Hartje took third with 292.80. Stein and Hartje later totaled 13 team points in the 1 meter dive with a one-two finish, respectively.
Not including diving, the men took a one- two finish in five events. The first event to have two Quakers finish back to back was the 200 medley relay. The “A team” – freshman Philip Hu, sophomore Kyle Yu, senior Rhoads Worster, sophomore Eric Schultz – finished at 1:29.94, which broke the pool record (1:30.09).
Following the “A team” was sophomore Chris Swanson and freshman Wes Thomas, who tacked on another 13 points after swimming in the 1000 free. Swanson completed the heat at 9:23.56, and Thomas finished next at 9:33.61.
Three other duos took a first and second place finish in an event -- Schultz and junior Dillon McHugh in the 100 free, Yu and freshman Cole Hurwitz in the 200 breast, Worster and freshman Jimmy Jameson in the 100 fly.
Nine Quakers also took the top three places in the 100 back (Worster, Hu, McHugh), the 100 breast (Yu, sophomore Bobby Francis, Hurwitz), and the200 back (sophomore Brian Foley, freshman Grant Proctor, Hu).
Schultz had an additional first place finish in the 50 free with a time of 20.76.
The 400 free relay “A team” – junior Alex Porter, McHugh, Worster, Schultz – finished the meet off by breaking another Sheerr Pool record (3:01.75), swimming the event as an exhibition heat with a time of 3:01.13.
As for the women, their first event win came in the 1 meter dive. Freshman Sivan Mills completed the event with 262.13 points. Fellow freshman Cassidy Golden and Bear Rachel Speakman tied for second with a score of 249.15. The freshman pair also took first and second in the 3 meter dive -- Golden took first with a final score of 258.97 and Mills took second with a score of 254.47.
After the first round of diving, the women got in the pool for the 200 medley relay. The “A team” – junior Lauryn Brown, freshman Haley Wickham, sophomore Lauren Church, freshman Rochelle Dong – added 11 team points with their first place finish at 1:44.58. The “B team” – sophomore Emily Baturka, sophomore Catherine Yee, junior Taylor Sneed, junior Irene Katopodis – put up an additional two points with their third place finish at 1:47.50.
First, third, and fourth places finishes in the 1000 free were led by senior Shelby Fortin. Fortin touched the wall at 10:10.14, giving the Red and Blue another nine points. Sophomore Annie McCotter and senior Kristi Edleson finished in third and fourth at 10:26.94 and 10:39.08, respectively.
Fortin took a second victory, finishing the 100 free in 52 seconds flat.
The 100 back saw three consecutive finishes for Penn starting with Church, who finished the heat with a time of 56.19. Brown and Sneed were right behind finishing in second and third, respectively.
Church again led the top three finishers, this time in the 200 back at 2:04.75. Brown (2:07.53) and freshman Madeleine Jardeleza were the next two to finish, giving the Red and Blue a total of 16 team points in the event.
Dong led the way in the 50 free, completing the heat at 23.77 and junior Christina Hurley touched right after, adding four team points with her time of 24.01.
The Quakers swam an exhibition heat in the final event, the 400 free relay, and the “A-team” – Dong, Hurley, Church, Fortin – completed the race at 3:30.92.
Penn will host its next meet in Sheerr Pool against West Chester on Friday, January 31. Before the meet with the Golden Rams, the women will host Harvard tomorrow at 11 a.m.