Gambier, Ohio - The men's swimming team jumped out to an early lead on Thursday evening in the Total Performance Invitational, ending the night 78 points clear of second-place Kenyon.
While Thursday night was only a precursor to the two full days of competition that the Quakers stillhave in front of them, the Red and Blue can rest easy tonight after blowing past the field in both the 1650 Freestyle and 800 Freestyle Relay events. Freshman Eric Vanden Noort touched the wall in a time of 15:41.53 to win the 1650 Free by nearly eight full seconds over Davidson's Dylan Ludwick. Cam Hood came in third at 15:56.57.
The 800 Free Relay 'A' team of Brendan McHugh, Sam Ruddy, Alex Porter and Rhoads Worsterthen ended the night by breezing to victory over teams from Davidson and Kenyon with a time of 6:39.90, a new Kenyon pool record. McHugh's opening 200set a new Penn varsity record, as well.Penn's 'B' and 'C' teams came in fourth and fifth, respectively, finishing ahead of 'A' teams from Carnegie-Mellon and Grove City.
The Quakers return to the pool tomorrow morning at 9:30for preliminary action in numerous events with the finals of day two beginning at 5:30 tomorrow evening. A live stream of those events can be viewed here.