Cambridge, Mass. - The Quakers maintained their spot in fifth, aided by a win from junior Brendan McHugh, after two days of swimming in the Ivy Championships at Harvard.
Seeded first going into the final of the 100-yard breast, McHugh opened with a 50 split of 25.15 to take the lead and didn't let up on the final lap, swimming the final 50 yards in 28.51 to win his second career Ivy title with a time of 53.66. His time broke the Ivy and meet record of 53.94, set back in 2007, and also set a new school mark. McHugh last won the 100 breast as a freshman with his then record of 53.97.
The junior was also part of another Penn record, as the Red and Blue captured second in the 200-yard medley relay with a school-record time of 1:29.13. In the opening event of the evening, the foursome of sophomore Nick Johnson, McHugh, freshman Rhoads Worster and junior Peter Amos broke the Quakers' 2009 record by .09 seconds.
In the 1650-yard freestyle a trio of Red and Blue swimmers finished back-to-back-to-back, led by sophomore Stephen Carroll's eighth-place finish with a time of 15:42.84. Junior Cameron Hood was behind him in 15:46.34 while freshman Paul Hartmeier took 10th with a career-best 15:48.47
Penn's other top-ten finishes in the evening came from Johnson and junior Jeff Cragg. Johnson placed 10th in the 100-yard backstroke with a time of 50.48 while Craggs dove his way to sixth with a score of 277.95.
Through two days of swimming the Quakers have 547 points, placing them solidly in fifth. Princeton (950) narrowly leads Harvard (916.5) while Columbia (688.5) and Yale (639.5) sit in third and fourth respectively.
Swimming begins again tomorrow morning. Live results will be available here.