Men's Swimming Begins Season with Win over UMBC

Baltimore, Md. – The University of Pennsylvania men’s swimming and diving team opened its 2015-16 campaign with a 175-117 win over UMBC on Saturday afternoon. The Quakers swept both diving events, and broke the Retrievers’ pool record in the 200-medley relay.

The team of CJ Schaffer, Michael Wen, Eric Schultz, and Kyle Yu snapped the pool record in the 200-medley relay, touching the wall in 1:32.43. Schultz sealed the deal for the Quakers, swimming a final leg of 20.12.

Schultz, Yu and Wen all added individual victories on the afternoon as well, with Schultz notching a pair of triumphs.

Schultz put together wins in the 100 (46.31) and 50 free (21.01), while Yu took home gold in the 100 breast with a time of 58.01. Wes Thomas was also triumphant in the breaststroke, taking the 200 title with a time of 2:04.99.

Wen raced to the 100-fly title with a winning time of 50.54, while Hunter Brakovec captured the 200-fly in 1:52.60.

Not to be out-done by the relay team, freshmen Andrew Bologna and Trent Hagenbuch -- who were competing in their first-ever collegiate meets -- finished 1-2 in both diving events. Bologna notched winning dives of 289.20 (one-meter) and 292.57 (three-meter), while Hagenbuch edged out UMBC divers with marks of 254.92 and 257.47.

Senior Chris Swanson placed first in the only event he raced, taking home the 1,000-free title with a time of 9:28.68. The Quakers continued the freestyle dominance, with Kevin Su clocking a winning 200 time of 1:40.59 and Alex Peterson winning the 500 (4:40.44).

The Quakers will be back in action next weekend, hosting both Columbia and Villanova at Sheerr Pool.