Men's Swim Team Loses Close Meet to Columbia

PHILADELPHIA – It was a close meet for the Penn men’s swim team, as they traveled to New York to take on Ivy rival Columbia, and lost, 177-123. A number of close races helped the Lions take home the win, but not without a fight from the Quakers.

Freshman James Fee swept the distance events, as he took first place in the 1000-yard freestyle in 9:29.91, and the 500 yard freestyle with a time of 4:36.80.

Junior Patrick Gallagher won the 100 yard freestyle in 45.72, and came in a close second in the 50-yard freestyle, as he lost by eight hundredths of a second, with a final time of 21.38. Freshman Larkin Macdonald won the 200 yard backstroke with a time of 1:53.33, while Wei Ming Gan won the 100-yard butterfly by just a tenth of a second, with a time of 51.18.

Senior Joe Griffith took a close second in the 200 yard butterfly, as he finished at 1:52.77, to the Columbia’s first place time of 1:52.61.

Freshman Aaron Levy took second place in the 3-meter diving, with a score of 255.83, while senior Nick Corsano took second in the 1-meter diving with 251.55 points.

The men’s 200 yard medley relay also had a close second place finish, determined by only two tenths of a second. Junior Christopher Weitekamp, senior Alex Silvester, junior Brian Gartner and junior Devon Carr came in with a time of 1:33.52, losing to Columbia’s top relay team, who took first with a time of 1:33.38.

The men will continue Ivy league action on Jan. 13, as they host Brown in Sheerr Pool at noon.

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