PHILADELPHIA The Penn men’s swimming and diving team carried over their strong performance in the Nike Invitational when it defeated rival Columbia Saturday, 185-114. Pat Gallagher and James Fee had two individual victories each as the Quakers coasted to victory.
The meet opened with the 200-medley relay team of Larkin MacDonald, Chaz Maul, Brad Farris and Devon Carr gaining a victory in 1:32.38. Fee then earned the first individual triumph of the day when he took the 1000-free in 9:17.03. Alex Kalish finished third, swimming a 9:32.58.
In the 200-free, Gallagher jumped out to an early lead, swimming an opening split of 23.90 before widening the gap and winning by nearly three seconds, swimming a 1:39.59. Kyle Loughran’s 1:43.15 earned him third place.
MacDonald was the next Quaker to earn a victory on the day, as he and Brad Farris finished in the top two spots of the 100-back. MacDonald swam a 52.08 while Farris registered a 52.14.
Chaz Maul continued the Red and Blue dominance with a win in the 100-breast (57.14).
Although Columbia earned its first victory of the day in the 200-fly, the Quakers took the next three spots to maintain their points lead. Jack Wiese (1:51.00), Kyle Yeager (1:51.51) and Alex Keeney (1:52.41) finished two-three-four. Carr then came out and put Penn back on top in the 50-free when he won in 20.97.
In the 100-free, the Quakers put the meet out of question when they captured all three podium positions. Gallagher won in 45.84, followed closely by Chris Buck (46.86) and Loughran (46.90).
Kyle Yeager claimed victory in the 200-back, swimming a 1:51.09. Fee then won his second event of the day, taking the 500-free in 4:32.37.
After Wiese won the 100-fly (50.43), Aaron Levy gave the Quakers a victory on the boards when he took the 3-meter dive with a score of 237.82.
The final victory of the day went to the 200-free relay team of Carr, Chris Weitekamp, Buck and Gallagher, who swam a 1:22.55.
The Quakers now face a long break as they conclude their fall semester. They will next be in action January 5 when they travel to Florida Atlantic.