ITHACA, N.Y. - For the first time since 1989, the University of Pennsylvania men's swimming and diving program has taken down perennial powerhouse and defending Ivy League Champions Princeton. The Quakers downed the Tigers by a score of 192-108, while also defeating the host Cornell by a margin of 222.5-77.5.
Penn (4-1) started things off with diving on Friday night, where freshman John-Michael Diveris and sophomore Andrew Bologna dominated the boards to give the Red and Blue an early lead. Diveris took first-place in the 1-meter dive with a score of 289.20, while placing second in the 3-meter at 293.90. Bologna notched a first-place finish on the 3-meter for the Quakers with a score of 311.85.
The foursome of Jimmy Jameson, Colin McHugh, Michael Wen and Thomas Dillinger started things off in the pool on Saturday, coming in second in the 200-yd medley relay with a time of 1:31.44. The Quakers then saw strong performances in the first two freestyle events, as Alex Peterson and Taylor Uselis teamed up to finish first and second respectively in the 1000-yd free, while Kevin Su and Mark Andrew took the top-two times in the 200-yd free.
Mark Blinstrub captured a time of 50.40 in the 100-yd backstroke for first place, just edging his teammate CJ Schaffer who finished third at 50.81. Senior captain Wes Thomas registered the first of his two first-place marks in the 100-yd breast stroke, leading a Penn sweep as McHugh and Cole Hurwitz followed behind in second and third place.
Hunter Brakovec touched the wall in the 200-yd fly with a time of 1:51.45 to finish first above Wen at 1:52.69, while Dillinger recorded a time of 20.60 in the 50-yd freestyle for first-place marks. Dillinger followed that up with a time of 45.49 in the 100-yd free, his second first-place finish of the afternoon.
Grant Proctor capped the backstroke events with a second-place time of 1:50.31 in the 200-yd back, before Thomas took home his second first-place time of the meet in the 200-yd breaststroke at 2:01.07. Andrew finished a perfect day of freestyle events for Penn in the 500-yd free, winning at 4:37.33, while Uselis finished third at 4:39.17.
The meet wound down with the Quakers still on top, as Wen finished first in the 100-yd butterfly with a time of 48.70, and Andrew took home a top time of 1:51.42 in the 200-yd IM. In the final event of the day, the 400-yd free relay, the team of Su, Zach Fisher, Christopher Nicholson and Dillinger finished second at 2:52.06.
All in all, the Quakers recorded 13 first-place finishes to down both the Tigers and the Big Red. Penn will be back in action on Tuesday, Nov. 22 for a non-conference tilt at La Salle at 6 p.m.