New York, N.Y. - The Quakers were unable to score a victory in their first swim meet of the season, falling 198.5-101.5 to Columbia on Friday night in the Big Apple.
Penn managed just four victories in the meet's 16 events on Friday, including a pair from junior Brendan McHugh. The breaststroker was in midseason form, winning both his individual events, the 100 and 200-yard breaststroke. McHugh swam the 100 in 57.48 and captured the 200 in 2:07.68. He was also swan the breaststroke leg of the Red and Blue's 200-yard medley relay. The team placed second in the event as freshman Rhoads Worster, McHugh, and juniors Peter Amos and Brett Gomes finished in 1:33.13
The Quakers' other individual win came in the men's 3-meter diving event. Junior Jeff Cragg won by nearly 30 points with his total of 287.70. Freshman William Hartje was fifth in the event.
The Red and Blue also captured victory in the final event of the evening, the 200-yard free relay. Freshman Ben Whitenack was first off the blocks and followed by Amos, Gomes and McHugh, as they won in 1:26.75.
Worster put in a solid showing in his first meet as a Quaker, with three second place finishes. He touched second in the 200-yard I.M. (1:55.53), 200-yard backstroke (1:54.86) and 200-yard butterfly (1:54.63).
Penn returns to the pool on Saturday when both the men and the women host Connecticut at 1 p.m.