PHILADELPHIA - The Penn men's swimming team is having one its most successful seasons in recent memory as they prepare for the Ivy League Championships this Thursday through Saturday at Princeton University.
The Quakers finished with a winning league record for the first since the 1990-91 season, when they swam in the EISL, a league featuring the Ivy teams and Army and Navy. Penn went 4-3 in the Ivy League this year and its only losses this year came at the hands of Harvard, Princeton and Cornell.
Searching for its first top five finish in seven years, the Red and Blue have two swimmers who are seeded eighth or better in four different events. Senior James Fee looks to conclude his career on a high note, as he is seeded second going into both the 500 yard free and the 1,000 yard free. Fee, who has five top-nine Ivy finishes in his career, is also seeded fifth in the 1,650 yard free and eighth in the 200 free.
Sophomore Brendan McHugh is poised to improve on his Ivy performance from a year ago, as he is seeded no lower than fifth in four events. A victor in the 100 yard breaststroke and second place finisher in the 200 yard breaststroke a year ago, McHugh is seeded third in the 100 this year and fifth in the 200. The second year is also seeded third in the 400 I.M. and fifth in the 200 I.M.
The Quakers' 800 yard free relay squad is the lone Penn entrant to be seeded first in its event, while the Red and Blue's 200 yard free relay is currently seeded second. Freshman Stephen Carroll and sophomore Cameron Hood are each seeded fifth and sixth respectively in both the 500 yard free and the 1,000 yard free.
Penn has two other swimmers seeded in the top five in their respective events. Senior Chris Buck is seeded fifth in the 50 free, while freshman Conor Blackwood is seeded fourth in the 200 yard backstroke.
Live Results of each event can be found on the official page of the 2010 Ivy League Men's Swimming Championship. Click here to access the page.