CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - Led by Kyle Yeager, whobroke long standing Penn record in the 200 backstroke, the Penn men's swimming and diving team swam to a 10th place finish at the ECAC Championships in a field of 23. Despite being behind Niagara at the end of day two at 11th,the Quakers out swam the Purple Eagles on the last day to finish in the top-ten, ahead of Niagara by just seven points.
On the last morning of the meet, Yeager broke the Penn record in the 200 back that was set in 1992 by Bill Thompson in 1:49.20. In 1:48.88, Yeager finished first in the preliminaries to guarantee himself a spot in the finals where he finished fourth. Yeager also finished ninth in the 200 free.
Other top finishes in the meet include Alex Kalish finishing fourth in the 500 freestyle on the first day of the meet.Kalish had another top-ten finish on day two when he placed eighth in the 200 free. Joe Woodard added a seventh place finish in the 100 backstroke and a 10th place finish in the 200 backstroke.
The Quakers excelled in several of the relay events. In the 800 freestyle relay, Penn swam to a sixth place finish, in addition to 10th place in the 400 free. The 200 medley relay team finished 10th, while the 400 medley relay team was just one spot shy of the top-ten at 11th.
The Red and Blue will finish the season at the EISL Championships. The three-day event begins this Thursday and extends through the weekend.