Men's Swimming Claims Crown at Total Performance

GAMBIER, Ohio – Six additional event wins on Saturday evening led the University of Pennsylvania men’s swimming team to once again claim the crown with 2,709.5 team points at the Total Performance Invitational hosted by Kenyon College. Out of the seven teams competing in the invitational, the Quakers and the Lords were the only teams to score over 1,000 points. Kenyon finished second with 2,462.

For the second day in a row, the Red and Blue began and ended the night with victories in the relay races.

Penn kicked off the night with a back-to-back finish in the 200 medley relay. The “A” team -- senior Dillon McHugh, junior Kyle Yu, sophomore Michael Wen, junior Eric Schultz -- was just 0.11 of a second shy from the pool and meet record, set last year by the Quakers (1:28.58), with their first-place time of 1:28.69. The “B” team -- freshman CJ Schaffer, junior Bobby Francis, sophomore Jimmy Jameson, sophomore Zach Fisher -- was next to touch the wall, clocking at 1:30.68.

Junior Chris Swanson claimed another win for the Red and Blue in the next event, the 500 free, with his time of 4:21.15 – a new pool and meet record. Freshman Taylor Uselis shaved 2.98 seconds off from his prelim time (4:28.77) to take second at 4:25.79. The pair added 68 team points.

Another one-two finish came in the 100 fly, as Wen and Jameson touched the wall at 48.63 and 48.95, respectively.

Not only did Penn take the top two spots in the next event, the 200 breast, the Quakers claimed three and four for 129 points. Sophomore Cole Hurwitz led the way with a time of 1:57.08, while sophomore Wes Thomas (1:59.36), Yu (1:59.44), Francis (2:00.52) followed.

Schultz added one more win in the 100 free with a time of 43.36, before the Red and Blue closed out the night with one final victory.

The 400 free relay “A” team -- Schultz, Wen, Fisher, McHugh -- recorded a time of 2:57.44 for 36 points. The “C” team – sophomore Grant Proctor, junior Kevin Intrieri, Francis, sophomore Michael Hamann -- gave Penn its final points, 27, with their seventh place finish.

With the conclusion of the TPI, the Quakers will have some time off from competition. Before their next contest --– a tri-meet with Yale at Dartmouth on Jan. 10 – the Red and Blue will make a trip south for their annual winter training.

Final Team Standings
1. Penn, 2,709.5
2. Kenyon, 2,462
3. Johns Hopkins, 953.5
4. Carnegie Mellon, 712.5
5. DePauw, 675
6. Davidson, 574
7. Grove City, 249.5

Download: TPSC Saturday Finals.pdf