PHILADELPHIA -- It was an exciting evening for the University of Pennsylvania men's and women's swimming teams, which defeated West Chester for the tenth year in a row. Both the men and the women claimed 11 event wins, with the women winning 169-120 and the men 182-113.
Penn’s 200 medley relay A and B teams took the top two spots. The women swam first, with the “A team” – junior Lauryn Brown, freshman Haley Wickham, sophomore Lauren Church, junior Christina Hurley -- giving the Quakers their first 11 points with a time of 1:46.98, which was followed up by four more points from the “B team” – sophomore Emily Baturka, sophomore Catherine Yee, junior Taylor Sneed, freshman Rochelle Dong -- which finished second at 1:47.82.
Next up to swim was the men, where the “B team” – freshman Phillip Hu, sophomore Kyle Yu, freshman Jimmy Jameson, sophomore Eric Schultz -- took first with a time of 1:32.83 and the “A team” – junior Dillon McHugh, sophomore Bobby Francis, senior Rhoads Worster, sophomore John Germanis -- came in second at 1:33.27.
Freshman Madeleine Jardeleza and sophomore Chris Swanson tacked on the next events wins for the Red and Blue in the 1000 free. Jardeleza finished at 10:27.18 and Swanson completed the race at 9:24.90.
Both the men and the women completed the first 10 events of the meet with almost identical finishes, with the exception of the 200 free and 100 breast.
Adding another element of excitement to the already successful meet was senior Shelby Fortin, who broke the 500 free pool record -- 4:54.33 -- with a time of 4:51.96. Fortin was also a part of the 200 free relay, which also broke the pool record of 1:36.94. The “A team” – Fortin, Church, junior Irene Katopodis, Dong – which competed in the race as an exhibition heat, touched the wall at 1:36.13.
The men closed out the meet, tacking on another new pool record. The “A team” – junior Alex Porter, Schultz, McHugh, Worster – raced the 200 free relay as an exhibition heat. Worster, entering the pool as the anchor, needed a split of just under 21 seconds to break the record. He completed his leg at 20.47, and the Quakers finished with a time of 1:22.05, breaking the record of 1:22.55.
Penn will be back in action tomorrow in Sheerr Pool for the last home meet of the season. The Quakers will take on La Salle at noon and will celebrate Senior Day.