PRINCETON, N.J. - After day one at the Ivy League Championships, the Penn men's swimming and diving team is sitting in fifth place with 214.5 points. Four Penn swimming records were brokenin the process.
In the morning preliminaries, Brendan McHugh broke the long standing record in the 400 IM which was set by Steven Kuster in 1993 (1:48.16). McHugh finished in second during the preliminary with a time of 1:47.61. In the evening session, McHugh took third in the final.
The 200 free relay team also broke a Penn record during the preliminaries (1:21.51) . The lineup of Brett Gomes, Chris Buck, Peter Amos and Kyle Loughran broke the 2007 record (1:21.84), which Loughran had a hand in setting in 2007. In the final, the team bested themselves and finish sixth (1:21.29) at the championships.
James Fee placed ninth in the 500 free final (4:22.69) and broke a Penn record. Fee broke Jeff Brown’s record which was set in 1996 (4:23.69). Fee now owns Penn records in the 500, 1000, 1650 free.
During the timed 400 medley relay, the Quakers shattered the Penn record which was set at last year’s championships. Brad Farris, Chaz Maul, Jack Wiese and Loughran finished in sixth (3:18.11), breaking the record by over two seconds. Maul and Wiese were both part of the team which set the record in 2008.
Jeff Cragg finished third in the 1 meter diving event with 286.60 points, just four points behind C.J. Kambe of Brown.
The Quakers are back in the pool Friday morning for second day of the championships.
1. Princeton 539
2. Harvard 360
3. Cornell 355
4. Yale 269
5. Penn 214.5
6. Columbia 206
7. Brown 203.5
8. Dartmouth 123