PHILADELPHIA After three weeks off, the University of Pennsylvania men’s swimming and diving team is well rested and ready for the Eastern Intercollegiate Swimming League (EISL) Championships this week. The action will get underway Thursday morning with preliminaries and run through Saturday at the Nassau County Aquatics Center in East Meadow, N.Y.
Penn finished the regular season 8-7 overall and eighth place in the Ivy League with a 1-7 record. The Quakers defeated Dartmouth 137-106 on Jan. 21 for their only league win. Harvard and Princeton sit atop the standings, both at 7-1. Cornell and Columbia are tied for third at 6-3. Yale, Navy and Brown finished fifth, sixth and seventh, respectively, and Dartmouth rounds out the standings in ninth place.
Pat Maloney, Yuchi Zhang and Jason McGrath will try to improve upon their finals performances last season. Maloney finished third in the 200 butterfly with a time of 1:48.22, Zhang placed fifth in the 200 breaststroke at 2:05.59, and McGrath garnered a top-eight finish in the 1,000 freestyle.
Two other Quakers to keep an eye on are Jon Kaufman and Alex Silvester. They have the ninth and 11th-best finishes in the 100 breaststroke this season. Kaufman timed in at 58.61 and Silvester at 58.68.
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