Charlottesville, Va. – Even though the snow kept the University of Pennsylvania men’s swimming team from fully competing on Friday in the Cavalier Invite hosted by the University of Virginia, it didn’t stop the Quakers from coming out on top and placing first out of five at the conclusion of the meet Saturday evening. Against the other four teams, the Red and Blue totaled 520 points and in front of second place Virginia with 403.
Penn didn’t have the lead the entire time though, as the Quakers only competed in the 200 free relay and the 400 medley relay on Friday. The 200 free relay “A team” -- sophomore John Germanis, freshman Jimmy Jameson, freshman Zach Fisher, and sophomore Kevin Intreieri -- took first place with their time of 1:21.81, while the “B team” -- freshman Jordan Hurwitz, junior Mike McElduff, freshman Kevin Su, and junior Sam Ruddy -- placed fourth with a time of 1:24.68. The Red and Blue put up 70 points to start the meet and wrapped up the meet with an additional 74 points from one-two finishes in the 400 medley relay by the “A team” -- Jameson, Fisher, freshman Michael Hamann, and Germanis -- and “B team”, with times of 3:22.70 and 3:27.81, respectively.
Team Rankings at the End of Day One
1. Virginia (178 pts.)
2. William and Mary (147 pts.)
3. Penn (144 pts.)
4. Drexel (45 pts.)
5. Duke (34 pts.)
Saturday’s events started with the 200 medley relay, which the Red and Blue earned points in from their first and third place finishes. The “A team” -- Jameson, Hurwitz, Fisher, and Germanis -- was first to touch the wall for Penn at 1:31.37 and was followed by the “B team” -- sophomore Brian Foley, Scott, Hamann, Interieri -- who touched at 1:33.64. The Quakers added 72 points from their finishes.
In the 400 IM, junior Alex Elias earned 15 team points from his fourth place finish at 4:08.46. Elias also tacked on another 17 points with his second place finish in the 1650 free and a time of 16:03.51.
The Red and Blue contributed 61 points in the 200 free. Juniors Ruddy and Konner Scott tied for second place with a time of 1:40.22, both earning 16.5 points. Su, who finished fourth at 1:40.24, and McElduff, who finished sixth at 1:43.65, also added 15 and 13 points, respectively.
Another chunk of points came in the 100 fly for Penn, as Jameson and Fisher took second and third place. Jameson completed the heat in 49.01 and earned 17 points, while Fisher touched the wall right after at 49.47 and earned 16 points. Fellow freshmen Hurwitz and Hamann also finished back-to-back, as the Quakers took sixth and seventh, respectively. Hurwitz completed the heat at 50.54 -- earning 13 points -- and Hamann finished at 51.44 – earning 12 points.
Germanis was the lone member of the Red and Blue to capture an individual win over the course of the meet. His time of 20.59 in the 50 free earned the team 20 points.
Penn wrapped up the meet with a one-two finish in the 400 free relay. The “A team” -- Interieri, Jameson, Fisher, and Germanis -- was first to touch the wall at 3:01.03 and was followed by the “B team” -- Scott, McElduff, Ruddy, and Su -- which touched at 3:01.03. The Quakers gave the team the final points (74) of the meet.
Final Team Rankings - Through Event 36
1. Penn (520 pts.)
2. Virginia (403 pts.)
3. William and Mary (278 pts.)
4. Duke University (236 pts.)
5. Drexel University (70 pts.)