Men's Swimming Begins Season with Win over UConn

PHILADELPHIA -- Revenge is sweet, and it was even sweeter for the University of Pennsylvania men’s swimming and diving team as the Quakers defeated Connecticut 172-125 on Sunday afternoon in Sheer Pool. Last year in Storrs, Conn., the Huskies defeated the Red and Blue in the final event for a 153-147 win. This year’s final event didn’t matter as Penn accumulated enough points to claim the win, taking 10 events, and swam the 400 free relay as an exhibition heat.

The Quakers began the meet with six event wins in a row, beginning with the 200 medley relay. The “A” team – Philip Hu, Bobby Francis, Michel Wen, Zach Fisher – gave the Red and Blue the first points with their top finish with a time of 1:32.35. The “B” team – CJ Schaffer, Kyle Yu, Jimmy Jameson, Dillon McHugh -- added two more points for a 13-4 lead over the Huskies.

Penn kept piling on the points, as Chris Swanson and Wes Thomas went one-two in the 1000 free. Kevin Su and McHugh also added nine points each with first place finishes in the 200 free and 100 back, respectively, while Francis, Cole Hurwitz, and Yu went one-two-three in the 100 breast.

Alex Peterson was the first freshman to win an event for the Red and Blue, taking the 200 fly in 1:52.02 and helping Penn to an 84-28 lead over UConn.

After taking second in the 50 free and 3 meter dive, the Quakers found themselves back on top as McHugh and Su went one-two in the 100 free. McHugh scored nine points with his time of 46.18 and Su score four with his time of 46.88. Hurwitz and Thomas added another one-two finish in the 200 breast, with their respective times of 2:04.71 and 2:06.48.

In the 100 fly, Wen finished first with a time of 50.14, while Peterson, Grant Proctor, and Hunter Brakovec added another one-two-three finish in the 400 IM to secure the win over the Huskies with 172-110 lead before the final event.

Because the victor was already determined, the Red and Blue swam the 400 free relay as an exhibition heat but would have won with their time of 3:05.18.

Penn returns to competition on Friday, when the men take their turn with Columbia in New York. The meet start time is set for 6 p.m.

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