PHILADELPHIA – The University of Pennsylvania men’s swimming and diving team will see its first home action this weekend, hosting meets against Columbia and Villanova at Sheerr Pool. The Quakers will welcome the Lions to town on Friday afternoon (4 p.m.), before sharing the pool with the women’s squad on Saturday against Villanova (1 p.m.).
The Quakers are coming off a decisive victory at UMBC (175-117) last weekend to open the 2015-16 season. The Quakers swept both diving events, and broke the Retrievers’ pool record in the 200-medley relay.
The team of CJ Schaffer, Michael Wen, Eric Schultz, and Kyle Yu snapped the UMBC pool mark, touching the wall in 1:32.43. Schultz sealed the deal for the Quakers, swimming a final leg of 20.12.
Schultz, Yu and Wen all added individual victories on the afternoon as well, with Schultz notching a pair of triumphs.
Schultz put together wins in the 100 (46.31) and 50 free (21.01), while Yu took home gold in the 100 breast with a time of 58.01. Wen raced to the 100-fly title with a winning time of 50.54, while Hunter Brakovec captured the 200 fly in 1:52.60.
Not to be out-done by the relay team, freshmen Andrew Bologna and Trent Hagenbuch -- who were each competing in their first-ever collegiate meets -- finished 1-2 in both diving events. Bologna notched winning dives of 289.20 (one-meter) and 292.57 (three-meter), while Hagenbuch edged out both UMBC divers with marks of 254.92 and 257.47.
Senior Chris Swanson placed first in the only event he raced, taking home the 1,000-free title with a time of 9:28.68. The Quakers continued the freestyle dominance, with Kevin Su clocking a winning 200 time of 1:40.59 and Alex Peterson winning the 500 (4:40.44).
Scouting the Lions
The Lions enter the weekend after narrowly dropping their season-opener, 153-143, to Army West Point last Friday. The meet came down to the Black Knights winning the final event, the 400-free relay.
Columbia swept the diving events, as sophomore Jayden Pantel tallied victories in both the one-meter (299.93) and three-meter dives (321.15). Freshman Brian Tsau also put together a solid performance, grabbing victories in both the 1,000 and 500 freestyles. The Lions were also strong in the 100 and 200-breast events, finishing 1-2-3 in both.
Columbia defeated the Red and Blue, 159.5-136.5, last season at Uris Pool. Swanson tallied wins in both the 1,000 and 500 freestyles in the loss, while Schultz notched a victory in the 50 free.
Scouting the Wildcats
Villanova has already been in action four times this season, dropping all four dual meets. The Wildcats have fallen to La Salle, UConn, Georgetown, and Seton Hall.
Most recently, sophomore Jake Hoin captured second in the 100 free and took third place in the 100 fly against Georgetown and Seton Hall.
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