PHILADELPHIA - The Penn men's swimming and diving team opened its 2007-08 home campaign Friday night with losses to Princeton (214.5-85.5) and Cornell (177-123). The meet was highlighted by a thrilling 200-free relay to conclude the evening. The top three teams all broke the existing pool record. Penn's team of seniors Devon Carr, Pat Gallagher, Chris Weitekamp and sophomore Kyle Loughran finished second with a time of 1:24.54.
The Penn relay team also earned a second place finish in the meet's opening event, the 400-medley relay. Freshman Joe Woodard led off, followed by junior Chaz Maul, sophomore Brad Farris, and Carr. The team recorded a 1:34.97. Sophomore James Fee handed the Quakers another second-place finish in the next event, the 1000-free, turning in a time of 9:36.81 in the grueling distance event.
Gallagher and sophomore John Benigno gave the Quakers two of the top three spots in the 200-free, as Gallagher swam a 1:41.64 and Benigno a 1:45.22.
Maul nearly handed Penn its first victory of the meet in the 100-breast, finishing in 58.97, just seven-hundredths of a second behind the first place finisher, Princeton's Will Schaffer. It would prove to be the closest a Quaker came to claiming victory in the meet, as no other swimmer finished above third place in an event.
The team is back in action Monday afternoon when they take on La Salle from Sheerr Pool. Tomorrow at noon, the women's team will face Cornell and Princeton from Sheerr Pool in their home opener.
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