Men's Swimming Stays Close to Home at West Chester

PHILADELPHIA - After nearly two weeks off to train, the Penn men's swimming team will go back on the road this Friday to matchup with the West Chester Golden Rams at Graham Natatorium with action starting at 6 p.m.

Two weeks ago at Dartmouth, Penn split on the day with Yale and the host Big Green, beating Dartmouth, 157.5-142.5, but falling to the Bulldogs, 188-112. In the 100 Breaststroke, Brendan McHugh clipped over eight-tenths of a second off the previous pool record and raced to the wall nearly three seconds ahead of the competition with a time of 55.22. He then clocked a 2:01.17 in the 200 Breaststroke to break a pool record that was nearly 30 years old, finishing over six seconds clear of the field.

Rhoads Worster and Jeff Cragg added big days in a pair of events, as well. Worster set a career-best in the 100 Fly with a time of 50.05. Cragg, who will be challenged by WCU's Ryan Kuser, had a season high total of 321.00 in the 3-meter diving competition.

Coming into this week's matchup, West Chester's record is 3-3 and are fresh off a 130-82 victory against Southern Connecticut State University.

In last year's victory over West Chester, McHugh set a pair of Sheerr Pool records in the 100 and 200 Breaststroke as the Quakers cruised to a 170-105 win in the team's final home swim meet of the season. This time around, the Quakers still have two home meets to go before Ivy Championships. Following West Chester, Penn faces off with La Salle and UMBC on Saturday, Feb. 4, beginning at noon.