PHILADELPHIA – The men’s swimming team is hoping to improve on their showing in day one of the EISL championships. Yesterday, the team broke two school records, in the 200 freestyle relay and the 400 medley relay, and finished with 147 total team points, good for eighth overall.
Preliminaries – Friday, February 23
The Quakers have had a good day so far, with multiple swimmers qualifying for the finals, and one school record already broken.
In the 200 medley relay, the team of Ted Rainaud, Alex Silvester, Ben Gan and Chris Weitekamp finished in third place, with a time of 1:32.71. They were just three tenths of a second behind the Cornell squad who came in second.
In the 400 IM, senior Brandon Thompson and freshman Ryan Dierberg both qualified for the finals tonight, in the third heat. Thompson came in at 4:04.44, while Dierberg finished in 4:08.48.
In the 100 butterfly, junior Devon Carr qualified for another final, as he came in at 50.04, good for a spot in the second heat tonight. Gan and senior Joe Griffith also qualified for the finals tonight, with times of 50.27 and 50.45.
In the 200 free, junior Patrick Gallagher had one of the best preliminary finishes for the Quakers, as he came in fifth overall, with a time of 1:38.55. Freshman Kyle Loughran also qualified for the third heat, with a time of 1:44.58.
Silvester also had a top-five finish for Penn, as he came in fourth in the 100 breaststroke, with a time of 56.80. Sophomores Chaz Maul and Ricky Walters also qualified for the finals tonight, with times of 57.42 and 58.53.
Penn had three swimmers qualify in the 100 back. Rainaud and freshman Larkin Macdonald will be in the second heat, with preliminary times of 50.76 and 51.44. Weitekamp qualified for the third finals heat, with a time of 52.24. And freshman Jack Wiese qualified to be an alternate, with a time of 52.51.
In the men’s three-meter diving event, two Quakers took part in the preliminary event. Freshman Aaron Levy finished with a final score of 247.35, while senior Nick Corsano finished with 178.95 total points.
And in the preliminaries of the 1000 freestyle, freshman James Fee set a new school record, with his time of 9:21.48. He broke an 18-year old record, which had been set in 1989, and not touched since.
The Quakers are hoping to continue their record-breaking in the finals tonight.
Finals – Friday, February 23
The Penn men’s swimming team continued to swim well in the finals of today’s events. In the 200 medley relay, the squad of Ted Rainaud, Alex Silvester, Larkin Macdonald and Devon Carr finished sixth overall, with a time of 1:31.86, a new school record.
James Fee’s record-setting time of 9:21.48 in the 1000 was good for 11th place overall. Senior Jason McGrath also competed, coming in 18th, with a time of 9:31.44, while senior Brandon Thompson finished in 9:45.52. Thompson was one of two Penn swimmers to take part in the 400 IM. He finished in 4:03.74, ahead of freshman Ryan Dierberg, who came in at 4:08.02.
In the 100 fly, Carr came in 14th, with a time of 50.27. Behind him in the third heat were teammates John Wiese (50.18), Ben Gan (50.53) and Joe Griffith (50.85).
Senior Patrick Gallagher was one of Penn’s top finishes on the night, as he placed seventh in the 200 free, with a time of 1:39.44. Freshman Kyle Loughran swam in the third heat, and came in at 1:43.93.
The highest finish for the Quakers came in the 100 breaststroke, as senior Alex Silvester finished fifth overall, with a time of 56.68. Sophomore Chaz Maul finished third in the second heat, with a time of 57.82, while sophomore Ricky Walters came in fourth in the third heat, with a time of 58.22.
Macdonald was the top finisher for Penn in the 100 back, as he placed tenth, with a time of 50.56. He shaved almost an entire second off of his preliminary time of 51.44. Rainaud wasn’t far behind him, with a time of 51.50. And junior Chris Weitekamp came in third in the third heat, with a time of 51.97.
In the 800 free relay, the Quaker squad of Fee, Gallagher, Weitekamp and Carr came in fifth overall, with a time of 6:41.50,a time which was good for yet another new school record.
The Quakers ended the day with 414.5 total points, and remain in eighth place overall. Princeton has the lead after two days, with 916 points.
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