Men's Swimming Impresses Against Columbia

PHILADELPHIA – The University of Pennsylvania men’s swimming and diving team opened its home schedule in style on Friday afternoon, defeating Columbia by a score of 167-114 at Sheerr Pool. En route to winning their second-straight dual meet, the Quakers registered 12 wins out of 16 events.

The impressive outing for Penn was highlighted by a pair of Sheerr Pool records that were snapped on Friday. Senior Eric Schultz broke the 100-free mark (set in 1980) with a time of 44.29, while freshman Mark Andrew took down the 200 IM record that was set in 1993. Andrew registered a winning time of 1:50.13.

Schultz also darted his way to a victory in the 50 free, clocking a top mark of 20.18.

Chris Swanson matched Schultz’s wins with a pair of his own, sweeping both the distance events. The senior captain registered a time of 4:32.88 in the 500 free, and a mark of 9:16.69 in the 1,000 free.

The Quakers opened the meet strong, snatching first and third-place finishes in the 200-medley relay. The squad of Jimmy Jameson, Kyle Yu, Michael Wen, and Schultz touched the wall first with a time of 1:30.93.

Kevin Su was also victorious on Friday, swimming to the 200-free crown. Su registered a top time of 1:39.94. CJ Schaffer picked up the gold in the 100 back, swimming to a mark of 50.82.

Freshman Colin McHugh notched his first-career victory, posting a winning time in the 100 breast (56.88). Wes Thomas was also strong in the breast, capturing the 200 with a mark of 2:02.98.

Hunter Brakovec took the title in the 200 fly (1:50.64), while Grant Proctor notched gold in the 100 back with a mark of 1:50.44.

The Quakers will hit the pool again tomorrow, hosting Villanova at Sheerr Pool at 1 p.m.