PHILADELPHIA The last home meet of the season is set for Saturday as the men’s and women’s swimming and diving team host a tri-meet with Navy and Rider at Sheerr Pool. The men’s meet is set for noon while the women’s will start at 3:30 p.m.
The men’s team is currently 3-3 after picking up a win and loss at a tri-meet with Dartmouth and Yale last weekend. James Fee led the team with two first place finishes, while Chaz Maul broke a longstanding pool record in the 100 breaststroke.
Last season, the Penn’s men team picked up a win early in the season from Rider (166-133), but fell to Navy (154.5-116.5) later in the season. Navy enters the meet with a 14-1 record on the season and the Midshipmen’s lone loss was at Harvard (188-112), a team the Quakers will face on Feb. 7. The Mids have defeated Penn each of the last three years, including a 164.5-116.5 score last season in Annapolis. Rider, which is 4-3 overall, most recently suffered a 176-124 loss to Loyola (Md.). The Quakers defeated the Broncs last season, 166-133.
On the women's side, Penn enters the meet with a 2-4 mark while Navy has posted a 12-0 record this season, and Rider is 4-4 on the year. The Quakers head into their final home meet after adding a win and loss at a meet with Dartmouth and Yale. Andrea Balint picked up three first-place finishes, while teammate Felicia Leksono had two. In the battle with Yale, the meet came down to the final event, but it was the Bulldogs who took the win - the third time this season the women had a meet decided in the last event.
The Penn-Navy series has featured close meets over each of the last few years. Two years ago, Penn held a one-point lead heading into the last event before emerging with a 155-145 victory. Last season in Annapolis, the Mids won the last five events to rally for a dramatic 151-149 victory. In recent history, the Quakers have had no trouble dominating Rider and last season was no exception as Penn defeated the Broncs, 195-104.
Come support the Quakers and be one of the first 100 fans at the meet to receive a Penn hat.