Men's Swimming Splits With Dartmouth, Yale

Complete Results (pdf)

Hanover, N.H. - Aided by two pool records from senior Brendan McHugh, including a time in the 200 Breaststroke that removed a 30-year old record from its perch, the Penn men's swimming team was able to salvage a split on Saturday with Ivy rivals Yale and Dartmouth. The Quakers were knocked off by Yale, 188-112, but defeated the home-standing Big Green, 157.5-142.5.

Jeff Cragg opened the afternoon with a season-best score in the 3-meter diving competition, racking up a score of 321.00 to earn the first of two victories on the day. He would later add a win in the 1-meter event, tallying 302.35 in his six dives.

The first individual swim was a distance race, the 1000 Freestyle, where Cam Hood notched the first of two third place finishes on the day, completing the course in 9:41.19, less than two seconds out of second place. Teammate Ryan Littlefield was on Hood's heels, finishing fourth in 9:44.90. Hood also came in third in the 500 Free, touching the wall in 4:41.98.

A trio of freshmen swam well for the Red and Blue in the 200 Freestyle; Sam Ruddy, Konner Scott and Alex Porter finished 2-3-4, all coming in within a quarter second of each other. Ruddy's time of 1:42.78 led the way. Porter would later add a career best time in the 100 Free, finishing third with a time of 46.58.

McHugh got in on the act in the 100 Breaststroke, clipping over eight-tenths of a second off the previous pool record and racing to the wall nearly three seconds ahead of the competition with a time of 55.22. An even more impressive act came later on in the day, when he clocked a 2:01.17 in the 200 Breaststroke to break a pool record that was held since March 7, 1981, finishing over six seconds clear of the field.

Rhoads Worster added a career best late in the day, finishing the 100 Fly in 50.05 to come in second behind Yale's Goksu Bicer. Porter, Dillon McHugh, Worster and Brendan McHugh wrapped up the day competing as Penn's 'A' team in the 400 Free Relay. A strong anchor leg from Brendan McHugh was enough to push Penn to a second place finish, completing the day with a time of 3:06.48.

The Quakers are off the next two weeks, not competing again until January 27, when they travel to take on the West Chester Rams. That Friday's meet is scheduled to begin at6 p.m.

Download: Dartmouth Penn Yale Swim Dive Results01-14-12.pdf