PHILADELPHIA – One team will claim the first League win of the season and hold on to an unblemished record. It’ll be a fight to the end, but the University of Pennsylvania men’s swimming & diving team is ready for the battle. The Quakers will enter hostile territory and take on long time Ivy rival Columbia, on Friday, for their first of many road meets of the season. The Red and Blue are coming off their first win of the 2014-15 slate over Connecticut, while the Lions are coming off a pair of wins over Iona and Army in a tri-meet at West Point. The Ivy showdown will begin at 6 p.m. in Uris Pool.
Penn is off to a good start with a solid win under its belt; the Quakers defeated the Huskies on Sunday, 172-125. After going one-two-three in the 400 IM, the Red and Blue accumulated enough points to swim the 400 free relay as an exhibition heat. If Penn would have scored in the relay, the “A” team’s first-place finish would have been the 11th event win of the meet.
As it was the first contest of the season, Sunday’s dual provided head coach Mike Schnur a chance to see what his young swimmers can bring to the table in a competition setting. Of the five freshmen swimmers, Alex Peterson won two events: the 200 fly and 400 IM. Freshman Hunter Brakovec also competed in both events and finished third in each. Two additional freshmen, Taylor Uselis and CJ Schaffer, had third place showings in the 500 free and 100 back, respectively.
“Peterson had a terrific day,” said Schnur. “The other guys [freshmen] were fairly good, but we’ll see them all improve as the season progresses.”
With no home advantage for any of the Ivy meets this year, the Quakers will be tested early and it all starts in New York.