PHILADELPHIA - The men's swimming team will host its second home meet of the season on Saturday as Cornell and Princeton pay a visit for the second consecutive year to Sheerr Pool for an Ivy League tri-meet. Diving will begin at 1 p.m. with swimming set for 3:30 p.m. Last season, the Quakers won in convincing fashion over Cornell, 179.5-101.5. On the other end of the spectrum however, Princeton defeated Penn by a count of 168-112.
Penn has begun the 2012-13 season with a 1-1 record, courtesy of a road loss to Columbia last Friday followed by a 169-130 win over UConn in the home opener on Saturday afternoon. Rhoads Worster started the year strong, coming in .01 of a second behind the school record in the 100 Backstroke with a winning time of 49.96 on Saturday. Freshman Kyle Yu also began his collegiate career with a bang, winning both the 100 and 200 Breaststrokes on each day of competition with the Lions and Huskies. Sophomores Alex Porter and Sam Ruddy, and freshmen Samuel Haley, Chris Swanson and Bradley Wachenfeld all posted wins over the weekend as well for the Quakers.
Cornell enters the weekend at 0-2 after falling to both Dartmouth (152-148) and Harvard (207-93) last weekend. The Big Red were eighth at last season's Ivy League Championships but return some key members of the team, including senior Harry Harpham, who finished sixth in last year's 200 Butterfly final, just behind Worster who was the fifth-place finisher in that event.
Saturday will mark the first official scored meet of the season for Princeton. The Tigers scrimmaged Florida Atlantic in October and then competed against Fordham, Georgetown, Lehigh and TCNJ last weekend, but without a winner being named. First-team All-American Jon Christensen is gone, but four members of the team return who also competed at last season's NCAA Championships. They are joined by a talented freshman class who will likely keep the four-time defending Ivy League champions from slipping very far.
Following Saturday's meet, Penn next dives back into the pool at the Total Performance Invitational at Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio from Nov. 29-Dec. 1. The Red and Blue took down four other schools - including the D-III powerhouse Lords, the program that produced Penn assistant Marc Christian - at last year's three-day event.