PHILADELPHIA - It wasn't smooth sailing early on for the Penn men's swimming team, but once they got rolling, they quickly took control and put away the West Chester Golden Rams, 175-120. Peter Amos, Jeff Cragg, Brendan McHugh and Robbie Shilton all won two events for Penn on Friday night.
Despite the fairly lopsided final result, West Chester was able to take two of the night's first three races. Only the 200 Medley Relay team of Dillon and Brendan McHugh, Rhoads Worster and Amos captured a win in the early going. Worster finally got things going in the 100 Backstroke, coming in with a time of 51.21. Dillon McHugh was hot on his heels, finishing in 52.02.
Brendan McHugh delivered his routine performance with wins in the 100 and 200 Breaststroke. The senior first took the 100, clocking a 55.54, before adding the 200 later in the night with a 2:05.93. The 200 Butterfly was all Penn, as Shilton, Paul Maneri and Sean Murphy combined for a 1-2-3 finish in the event. Shilton took home the win in 1:55.96.
It was another Penn sweep in the 50 Freestyle as Amos, Ben Whitenack and Alex Porter picked up where their teammates left off. Amos touched first in 21.37 with Whitenack (21.47) and Porter (21.50) finishing a moment later. With hardly a break in between races, Amos jumped back in and won the 100 Freestyle, edging out West Chester's Ryan Stahley with a time of 47.38. Stahley was second in 47.56.
Two more sweeps officially put the Golden Rams out of striking distance. Paul Hartmeier (1:57.12), Whitenack (1:57.35) and Michael Lin (2:01.10) kept the momentum firmly on Penn's side with a 1-2-3 finish in the 200 Backstroke, before Shilton, Maneri and Porter took the top three spots in the 100 Butterfly. Shilton claimed his second win of the night in 52.59.
It was a busy night on the boards for the Quakers as well. Cragg set a season-high and came in only behind his own school record on Friday night, racking up 337.95 points in the 1-meter diving competition. He followed that with another season high on the 3-meter boards. Alex Marple also set career highs in both competitions, and Will Hartje set a career mark at 3 meters.
The team returns home next Saturday to face UMBC and La Salle. The day gets going at 12 p.m. at Sheerr Pool.