Princeton, N.J. - The Penn men's swimming team dropped to sixth place at the 2012 Ivy League Championships on Friday night, and are nearly 200 points behind Yale for fourth place and an upper-league finish. The Quakers were bound to lose some points on Friday as there were three individual 'A' finals held that didn't include a member of the Penn squad. That problem was exacerbated when the 200 Medley Relay squad was disqualified in the first event of the night. With that, a time that would have given them afifth place finish along with 50 points instead turned to zero points and seemingly put the Red and Blue behind the proverbial eight ball the rest of the way.
After the disappointing start in the relay, Stephen Carroll helped Penn rebound, coming in sixth in the 1000 Freestyle (9:12.12)while smashing his previous best time in the event by over six seconds. Cam Hood (9:15.68) finished 10th while Eric Vanden Noort (9:23.30)came in15th.
The 400 IM was the first of the night's events without a Quaker in the final eight. Konner Scott hadPenn's best individual finish, tying for 11th in 3:58.85 with Albert Roth of Dartmouth and earning 15.5 points for the Quaker cause.
Rhoads Worster used Friday morning's prelims to eclipse the Penn school record in the 100 Butterfly, moving past the previous record by over six-tenths of a second and setting the new mark at a time of 48.14. In the finals, he couldn't quite match his morning's effort, but still managed a 48.30 to finish in seventh place and earn a NCAA 'B' cut.
Brendan McHugh came into Friday night as the defending champion in the 100 Breaststroke but he knew he had his work cut out for him. This time around, McHugh finished Friday's race in third place(53.93), falling to Jonathan Christensen of Princeton and Chuck Katis of Harvard.
His younger brother, Dillon McHugh, gave the Quakers their best finish in the 100 Backstroke, finishing 17th and winning the 'C' final in 50.08.
The Red and Blueended the night with a NCAA 'B' cut in the 800 Freestyle Relay as the team of Scott, Alex Porter, Chris Lyons and Brendan McHugh combined to finish in 6:41.06, the fourth-best mark in Penn history.
The 2012 Ivy League Championships conclude tomorrow. Preliminaries once again begin at 11 a.m. with the finals to follow at 6 p.m.
Day Two Standings
1. Princeton -- 1049.5
2. Harvard -- 944
3. Columbia -- 715.5
4. Yale -- 678.5
5. Dartmouth -- 506.5
6. Penn -- 479
7. Brown -- 420.5
8. Cornell -- 377.5
Download: 2012 Mens Ivies Fri Finals Results.pdf