PHILADELPHIA - You simply couldn't write a better script. With his father and coach on hand with him for his Senior Day, Jeff Cragg wiped his dad's name from the Penn record books, racking up 357.05 points in 3-meter diving to break a mark set in 1974 and set the tone for two Quaker victories on Saturday at Sheerr Pool. The Quakers continued their dominance of La Salle, 175-125, while shrugging off reigning America East champions UMBC, 158-141.
Penn carried Cragg's momentum as they leapt in for the opening 200 Medley Relay of the swimming competition. In a seesaw battle, the Red and Blue 'A' teamfell behind, rallied, fell behind again, then won a sprint to the finish to claim the opening race by .09.
Next up was the day's first distance race, the 1000 Freestyle. With Stephen Carroll leading the way in 9:28.75, the Quakers managed to go 1-2-3 with Cam Hood (9:34.54) and Alex Elias (9:46.57) right behind him.
As per usual, Brendan McHugh turned the Breaststroke events into a race for second place. His 55.84 in the 100 was over two and a half seconds ahead of the runner-up, and he later breezed in the 200 Breast, finishing in 2:06.17.
Rhoads Worster was himself a double winner on Saturday. The sophomore claimed both the 100 and 200 Butterflys, first defeating UMBC star Pierre De Waal in the 200 by almost three-quarters of a second (1:50.85), before adding an even bigger victory later on in the 100 Fly, tying a personal best in the process with a finish of 50.05.
After winning the 200 Medley Relay in the first race thanks to his strong final leg, Peter Amos took home an individual title in the 50 Freestyle, comfortably ahead of UMBC's Steve Gallagher in second place, 21.23 to 21.44.
Freshman Dillon McHugh alsowas victorious on Saturday,tying with UMBC's Johan Rohtla in the 200 Backstroke at 1:52.93 but winning by less than a hundredth of a second.
The men's swimming team has one final home meet, facing Harvard next Saturday at Sheerr Pool. Meet time is 12 p.m.