Men's Swimming Finishes EISL's in Eighth Place


EAST MEADOW, N.Y. –The University of Pennsylvania men’s swimming and diving team finished in eighth place at the conclusion of competition at the EISL Championships on Saturday. Penn totaled 638.5 points over the course of the three-day event. Princeton edged Harvard for the championship with 1,393 points.

The Quakers got the final round started on a good note placing two swimmers in the top-15 in the 1,650-yard freestyle. Matt Blaszko (15.49.74) was 10th and Jason McGrath (15.58.99) finished 15th.

In the next event, the 200-yard backstroke, Teddy Rainaud (1:50.84) was a consolation finalist, finishing 11th. Neville Mitchell (1:51.94) and Chris Weitekamp (1:55.58) also competed for the Red and Blue.

Pat Gallagher (45.23) was also a consolation finalist in the 100-yard freestyle. Kevin Scott (45.55) placed 20th. Blaszko had Penn’s only top-eight performance on Saturday. He finished seventh in the 200-yard breaststroke, clocking in at 2:05.70. Yuchi Zhang (2:05.58) placed 10th. Alex Silvester (2:05.40) and Jon Kaufman (2:0745) finished 18th and 19th respectively.

Pat Maloney and Devon Carr chalked up two more consolation finishes in the 200-yard butterfly. Maloney (1:48.77) placed ninth and Carr (1:50.30) was 13th.

In the night’s final event, the 400-yard freestyle relay, the Quakers finished eighth. Carr, Gallagher, Weitekamp and Scott clocked in at 3:05.25).