PHILADELPHIA – The University of Pennsylvania men’s and women’s swimming and diving programs began the final weekend of the regular season in fine fashion, each side coming away with a comfortable win over West Chester at home.
For the men’s team, wins in nine of the 14 races paced the Quakers to a 164-125 win. The women won 10 of the 14 races and swept the diving for a 185-101 win.
The standout performance on the men’s side came in the 400-yard individual medley where freshman Thomas Dillinger set a new Sheerr Pool record with his time of 3:57.53. He eclipsed the previous mark of 3:58.11 which was set by Niall Janney of Harvard in 2012. Dillinger’s teammate, Alex Peterson, was just over a second off of the previous pool record, finishing in 3:59.28.
The first individual event of the meet saw a dominant performance by Morgan Scott in the women’s 1000-yard freestyle. She won by almost 19 seconds, touching the wall in a personal-best 10:20.70.
Megan Dollard scored a win for the women in the 200-yard freestyle, out-touching West Chester’s Tess Hayward by 0.79 seconds for the victory. Another close win for Penn came via Eric Schultz who closed quickly in the final 10 yards on West Chester’s Victor Polyakov for a .07-second win in the men’s 200-yard free.
CJ Schaffer and Mark Blinstrub were 1-2 for Penn in the men’s 100-yard backstroke, separated by just 0.74 seconds.
The separation between Colin McHugh and Kyle Yu in the men’s 100-yard breaststroke was just one-tenth of a second as McHugh touched the wall in 56.61 and Yu was right behind in 56.71.
Another pair of teammates who were on each other’s heels were Madison Visco and Kelse Prince in the women’s 200-yard fly. Visco eked out the win in 2:08.04 while Prince was a close second in 2:08.78.
The Quakers return to Sheerr Pool in quick fashion, hosting La Salle on Senior Day at 12 p.m.
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