Fee Takes 1650 at Nike Invitational

GAMBIER, Ohio - James Fee and the Penn swimming and diving teams opened the Nike Invitational at Kenyon College with a strong start Thursday, as the sophomore won the men's 1650-free in 15, nearly ten seconds ahead of the next-closest finisher. Fee's swim set a Kenyon College pool record and fell just shy of the Penn team record.

Fee also participated in the men's 800-free relay, another victory for the Quakers as seniors Pat Gallagher, Devon Carr and Chris Weitekamp joined Fee to finish in 6:40.53. In that race, Fee and his teammates were able to set the Penn team record as well as establishing a new mark for the Kenyon College pool.

Penn also took third place in the men's 800-free relay, as sophomores Kyle Loughran, Chris Buck, John Benigno and Brad Farris finished in 6:49.49.

Freshman Alex Kalish finished sixth for the men in the 1650-free with a time of 16:08.70. Freshman Kyle Yeager took tenth in 16:16.78, while freshman Chip Van Tassell swam a 17:00.36 to finish 19th.

On the women's side, Penn opened the meet with a fifth-place finish in the 800-free relay. Sophomores Sara Coenen and Andrea Balint, freshman Naomi Delphin and sophomore Stephanie Nerby finished in 7:36.38. In tenth place was the team of sophomore Lauren Brandes, sophomore Lauren Bergstrom, freshman Megan Barron and senior Amy Ottensmeyer, which finished in 7:47.91.

Nerby took eithth in the women's 1650-free, finishing in 17:32.29. Senior Katherine Donohue took tenth in 17:35.78, while Delphin took 11th with a swim of 17:35.89.

The Nike Invitational resumes tomorrow from Kenyon College, where events will be going on all day.