PHILADELPHIA - The Penn men’s swimming and diving team is headed to Princeton, N.J. Saturday to swim against the host No. 22 Tigers and Cornell. Last season, the three schools met at Sheerr Pool with the Quakers falling to the Tigers, 214.5- 85.5 and the Big Red, 177-123.
Penn is coming off a 170-128 loss to Columbia in its opening meet of the season. Despite the loss, the Quakers had several top finishes. Brad Farris swam to a first-place finish in the 100 breaststroke, while Brendan McHugh placed first in the 200 breaststroke. Freshman Jeff Cragg dominated the diving events, placing first in both the 1-meter and 3-meter. In the 200 freestyle relay Penn took the top two spots; the team of Farris and three newcomers, Peter Amos, Brett Gomes and Cameron Hood swan into first place.
Saturday’s matchup marks the opening meet for Princeton and the Tigers are currently ranked 22nd in the nation. Penn will have to look out for Doug Lennox, a 2008 Olympian for the Puerto Rican national team, he is the reigning 200 fly champion and an All-America in the event.
Cornell is already one tri-meet into its season. Last weekend, the Big Red were in Cambridge, Mass. for a meet against Dartmouth and Harvard. Cornell split the meet with a commanding win over the Big Green (246-54) and a narrow loss to the 2008 EISL champs, the Crimson, (142-158). Freshmen Michael Cai will be the biggest test for the Quakers, Cai won three individual events and swam on a victorious relay squad in his debut as a Big Red swimmer.
Order of Events
200 Medley Relay
200 Individual Medley
400 Freestyle Relay