Men's Swimming Comes up Short at Columbia

NEW YORK, N.Y. – In what they hoped would be a second victory of the season and first Ivy win, the University of Pennsylvania men’s swimming and diving team came up short against Columbia in New York on Friday night at Uris Pool. The Quakers won seven of the 16 events in the 159.5-136.5 loss to the Lions.

After the 3 meter dive, the Red and Blue took to the pool where the “A” team of the 200 medley relay defeated Columbia’s team by 0.58 of a second. Sophomore Kevin Su, sophomore Zach Fisher, senior Dillon McHugh, and junior Eric Schultz claimed the win with a time of 1:30.61.

In the next event, the 1000 free, Penn went one-two-three with freshman Alex Peterson leading the way. Trailing junior Chris Swanson heading into the final stretch by 0.74 of a second, Peterson pushed ahead to finish the last 50 meters 0.83 of a second before Swanson for the win. He touched the wall at 9:19.55 and Swanson touched 0.11 of a second after at 9:19.66. Freshman Taylor Uselis was the third swimmer to finish, placing third in 9:29.44.

The Lions took the 200 free and the 100 back before junior Bobby Francis took the next event, the 100 breast, for the Quakers. Francis finished with a time of 56.81 and was followed by sophomore Cole Hurwitz who beat out Columbia’s Jae Park, by 0.13 of a second, with his time of 57.04.

The 200 fly went to the Lions, while Schultz took the 50 free in 20.33, .09 of a second faster than Columbia’s Alex Ngan. It was the last win the Red and Blue would see until Hurwitz won the 200 breast, defeating Park once again. This time, Hurwitz defeated the Lion with his time of 2:02.57, 0.62 of a second faster than Park’s.

While Peterson and Swanson went one-two in the 1000 free, the pair claimed another one-two finish in the 500 free with Swanson taking the lead. Swanson won in 4:33.39 and Peterson defeated Lion Nikita Bondarenko by 0.19 of a second with his time of 4:35.09. Uselis and senior Sam Ruddy rounded out the top five finishers in the event.

Columbia added two more wins with first place finishes in the 100 fly and the 200 IM, and Penn closed out the meet with a win in the 400 free relay, as the “A” team of sophomore Kevin Su, Fisher, McHugh, and Schultz finished in 3:02.24.

Princeton will be the next destination for the Quakers, as they take on the Tigers and Big Red in an Ivy tri-meet on Friday, November 22 at 3 p.m.

Download: CU vs. Penn Results 11.14.14.pdf