PHILADELPHIA – The men’s swim team traveled to Princeton, N.J. to take part in the Eastern Intercollegiate Swimming League championships. The Quakers had four individuals and two relay teams qualify for the finals in the first day of action, and both relay teams set new school records in the process.
In the 200 freestyle relay, the team of Devon Carr, Patrick Gallagher, Chris Weitekamp and Kyle Loughran finished in a tie for fourth place, with Yale’s team, both coming in at 1:21.84. The time was a new school record.
Senior Jason McGrath was the only Penn swimmer to qualify for the finals in the 500 free. In the third heat, he came in sixth, and finished in 4:34.85. Freshman James Fee qualified as an alternate, with his time of 4:36.04, but he did not get to swim in the finals.
Senior Alex Silvester was also the only Penn swimmer in the 200 IM. He shaved a second off of his preliminary time, coming in at 1:53.76. Junior Devon Carr had the best individual finish for Penn in day one, as he came in seventh in the 50 free, with a time of 20.77. Junior Patrick Gallagher also qualified for the finals in the 50 free, and placed 11th overall, with a time of 20.85. Weitekamp qualified as an alternate for the finals, with a time of 21.21, but didn’t get to race. And in the 400 medley relay, the Penn squad of Larkin Macdonald, Alex Silvester, Wei Ming (Ben) Gan and Gallagher came in sixth, with a time of 3:23.77, which broke a school record in the event which had stood for 16 years.
Princeton leads the meet after the first day, with 442 total points. Harvard is second, with 353.5.
Preliminary heats for day two start at 11 a.m. To catch all the swimming action live, tune into PennAthletics.com for video streaming action.