PHILADELPHIA - The men's swimming team will try to defend its title this weekend when the Quakers travel to Ohio to compete in the Total Performance Invitational, hosted by Kenyon College. The five-team meet, which runs from Thursday through Saturday, will see Penn up against host and perennial Division III power, the Kenyon Lords, as well as Davidson, Carnegie-Mellon and Grove City. With wins over UConn and Cornell, and close calls against Columbia and Princeton, the Quakers have enjoyed some early successes this season and aim to continue that in their final performances of 2011.
Last season, Penn came in first out of seven squads with 1600 points, while Kenyon trailed behind in second place with 1482.5. No other team reached 700 points in the competition. Brendan McHugh owns a number of pool records from competitions the last three seasons at Kenyon Aquatic Center, and he and a number of teammates will be looking to have their names added to the wall after this weekend. McHugh currently holds individual pool records in the 100 and 200 Breaststroke, and the 200 and 400 IM. In 2008-09, he swam a leg of the 800 Free Relay team that set a record, as well.
Distance freestylers Cam Hood and Stephen Carroll are poised to do well against this year's field. Carroll won the 1650 Free competition last year by a full 10 seconds over the second place finisher from Kenyon. Rhoads Worster also returns to defend titles in the 200 Butterfly and 200 Backstroke. A number of freshman including Dillon McHugh, Alex Porter, Sam Ruddy and Konner Scott have gotten their collegiate careers off to a fast start and hope to shore up their positions on the team and deliver some help in the middle distance events.
Results and recaps will be available after each day of the Total Performance Invitational.