PHILADELPHIA – The University of Pennsylvania men’s swimming and diving team will travel to Princeton this weekend to take on the Tigers, along with Cornell, in an Ivy League tri-meet on Saturday afternoon. The three squads will share DeNunzio Pool with the women, with the meet beginning at noon.
The Quakers are coming off a pair of dominant performances last weekend against Columbia and Villanova at Sheerr Pool. Penn began the weekend by winning 12-of-16 events in a 167-114 win over the Lions, and followed up with a 139-116 victory over Villanova.
The score didn’t tell the full story against the Wildcats however -- as the Quakers posted top times in every event, before exhibitioning the last five.
In addition to the dual-meet success, the Red and Blue also broke three pool records over the weekend. Against Columbia, senior Eric Schultz snapped the 100-free mark (set in 1980) with a time of 44.29. Schultz also teamed up with Kevin Su, Zach Fisher, and Thomas Dillinger to break the pool record in the 200-free relay on Saturday. The squad raced to a time of 1:21.90.
Freshman Mark Andrew also broke a record last Friday, taking down the 200 IM mark -- set originally in 1993. Andrew clocked in a winning time of 1:50.13.
Other notable winners for the Quakers against Columbia were senior Chris Swanson and freshman Colin McHugh. Swanson swept the distance events, registering winning times of 9:16.69 (1,000 free) and 4:32.88 (50 free).
McHugh notched his first-career victory in the 100 breast, posting a winning time of 56.88.
Scouting the Tigers...
The Tigers opened the season last weekend at the Minnesota Pro Series and the Penn State Invitational. Princeton registered a second-place team finish in College Station, while Tiger sophomore Corey Okubo put together a strong showing in Minnesota. Okubo finished third in the 400 IM (4:23.89) and fifth in the 200 fly (2:00.66).
En-Wei Hu-Van Wright notched four triumphs at the PSU Open (200-free relay, 50 free, 400-medley relay, 200-medley relay) for the Tigers, and was subsequently named the Ivy League Swimmer of the Week by CollegeSwimming.com.
Princeton is the defending Ivy League champions, and has won six of the last seven conference crowns.
Scouting the Big Red...
Cornell has already seen action in an Ivy League tri-meet this season, splitting with Harvard and Dartmouth last weekend. The Big Red defeated Dartmouth by a score of 183-117, but fell to the Crimson, 188.5-106.5.
Senior Victor Luo was the big winner for Cornell, taking titles in the 100 (55.49) and 200 breast (2:01.65) events. Sophomore Kevin Ma was also victorious, claiming first place in the 100 free (46.14).
Cornell finished sixth at last year’s Ivy League Championship Meet, with sophomore Alex Evdokimov sweeping the breaststroke events.