NEW YORK The Penn men’s swimming team fell, 170-128, to Columbia on Friday night in its first meet of the season. Despite the loss there were many top finishes, including the freshmen class who swam in their first collegiate meet.
Freshmen Jeff Cragg tallied the opening first place finish of the meet when he scored a 273.08 on the 3 meter diving event. Classmate Alex Marple placed third with a 210.15. Cragg also came in first on the 1 meter event (285.45).
In the 200-yard freestyle relay Penn took the top two spot. The team of Brad Farris and three newcomers: Peter Amos, Brett Gomes and Cameron Hood swan into a first place finish in 1:27.17. In the 200-yard medal relay the team of Larkin Macdonald,Chris Buck, Farris and freshman Brendan McHugh placed second with 1:34.63.
James Fee, Penn’s top swimmer in the 1000m freestyle event, placed second swimming in 9:42.35. Hood placed third in the 200-yard freestyle with a time of 26.99.
In addition to helping Penn in both relay events, Farris swam to a first place finish 100-yard breaststroke in 52.80. McHugh swam to a first place finish in the 200-yard breaststroke with a a time of 2:08.41.
The team is back in the pool when they head to Princeton, N.J., Sat. Nov. 22 to swim against the host Tigers and Cornell.