PHILADELPHIA The Penn men’s swimming team is headed to the Big Apple to take on Columbia at 7 p.m. Friday night in the first meet of the season for both the Quakers and the Lions. Last season, Penn beat Columbia, 185-114, and the Red and Blue will look to do the same as they begin their 2008-09 campaign.
The Quakers finished last season with an 8-6 overall record and went 2-5 in the Ivies. With many of Penn’s top swimmers returning the team is looking to make an impact this season in the league.
The team is captained by seniors Chaz Maul and Steve Martucci as well as junior Kyle Loughran. Maul received a silver medal at the EISL Championships in the 200m breast stoke and was part of the 200m and 400m medley relay, that set team records last season. Despite being out for the early part of the season due to injury Maul will make an impact in the league when he returns. Martucci will be out all of the season due to recent surgery.
Loughran will be one of several juniors the team will rely on. Classmate James Fee broke team records in the 1000m and 1650m free and will continue to contribute this season in these events.
Both record-breaking relay teams lost only one member from its four-person lineup. In the 200m medley relay Maul and juniors Brad Farris and Chris Buck are back, while Chris Weitecamp graduated. The 400m medley team has Maul and juniors Larkin Macdonald and Jack Wiese returning while Pat Gallagher graduated.
The strong sophomore and freshmen classes will also contribute to the team in several different events.