2003-04 Men's Swimming Season Review

The men’s swimming and diving team ended the 2003-2004 season with many strong finishes. Impressive performances were seen once again from this year’s sophomore class, and a slew of victories came from veteran members of the team.

Senior Andrew Trout continued to prove he was one of the best as he captured first place in the 50 free in seven of the season’s nine meets. Trout also had strong performances throughout the season in the 100 free.

The Quakers opened the season on the road in a tri-meet against Cornell and Princeton. Despite valiant efforts, the Quakers finished third at the meet, falling to Cornell, 144-95 and Princeton, 187-56.

In their first home meet of the season, the Quakers topped Philadelphia rival La Salle, 147-86. En route to their first victory, the Quakers picked up 10 first place finishes, including three from sophomore Pat Maloney.

Maloney began his day with a first-place finish as part of the Quakers' 400-yard medley relay. The sophomore then captured the top spot in the 400 IM. Maloney led a group of three Penn swimmers to a one-two-three finish in the event. Freshman Brandon Thompson captured second while junior Brian Funk took third. Maloney's third win of the day came in the 100-yard backstroke.

The Red and Blue posted another one-two-three finish in the 1650 free as freshman Andrew Mendelsohn led the Quakers in 16:33.26, a time good enough to take first. He was followed by seniors Shaun Lehrer and Todd Hutchison who captured second and third, respectively.

Sophomore diver Tyler Markman captured one of his many first place finishes in the three-meter springboard competition, while freshman Nick Corsano secured first place in the one-meter dive.

In their close loss to Ivy rival Brown, the Red and Blue posted three first place finishes; one from senior Shaun Lehrer in the 1000 free, one from Trout in the 50 free and one from Maloney in the 200 fly. The men had a strong showing in the 200 fly as Penn took the top four spots with Maloney being followed by Brendan Lang, Jason McGrath and Joe Griffith, respectively.

In their first home meet of the new year, the Quakers split with Ivy foes Yale and Dartmouth, defeating Dartmouth, 173-125, and falling to Yale 136-162. Markman continued to shine as he captured first place in the three-meter diving event.

Continuing to make waves, the men defeated Rider University at Sheerr Pool, 133-100. The Quakers took the top two spots in quite a few events, including the 200-yard medley relay, the 1650 free, the 50 free, the one meter dive, the 200 fly and the 500 free.

Coming off their domination of Rider, the Quakers then defeated Navy, 123-120 in a close match. The Quakers were able to capture six first place finishes in the meet.

The Quakers dominated the 800 free as sophomore Matt Blaszko took first with a time of 8:30.27, followed by Andrew Mendelsohn in second and Jason McGrath in third. The Quakers also took the top two spots in the 200 IM as Maloney recorded a first place finish, while senior Eric Hirschhorn finished second. Lehrer proved that experience was key as he narrowly edged out his closest opponent in the 400 free by only two hundredths of a second to capture first place.

Just one week later, the men easily defeated Army as they secured seven first place finishes. Setting the pace for the team were Trout and Blaszko, each with two first place finishes. Trout’s victories came in the 50 free and 100, free while Blaszko exhibited his talents in the 1000 free and the 500 free.

Despite taking the first event of the meet, the 400-yard medley relay, the men lost their last home meet of the season to Columbia, 143-100.

The Quakers recorded an eighth place finish at EISL championships. Trout finished with a third place finish in the 50 free and an eighth place in the 100 free. Maloney was the top Quaker finisher in the meet, with a second place finish in the 200 fly and a tenth place in the 100 fly. Due to his outstanding performance at the EISL championship Maloney was named to the second-team All-Ivy League. Maloney also earned academic All-Ivy League accolades after his impressive season. Other top finishers were Matthew Blaszko with an eighth place in the 1000 free and Joe Griffith with a seventh place in the 200 fly.

The Penn men ended the season with a 12th place finish at the ECAC championships. This meet gave younger talents a chance to shine as Tim Howett took 12th in the 50 free and was the lead man in the Quakers’ 200 free relay team, which took eighth place. Other strong performances in this meet came from sophomore Arthur Woodbury, who took eighth place in the 100 breaststroke, and Brandon Thompson, who showed his strength in the 400 IM.

Although the team now must say goodbye to several invaluable senior members, the underclassmen proved throughout the season that they can and will continue to push themselves to achieve victory.

Written by Meghan Goddard C'05