PRINCETON, N.J. - The Quakers sit just 26 points out of second place behind three top five performances on the first day of swimming at the Ivy League Championships at Princeton.
Penn finished the first day with 291 points, trailing just Harvard (317) and Princeton (425.5) as they search for their first top five finish since 1989. Senior James Fee led the charge, as he finished second in the 500 yard free. His time of 4:23.35 was more than two seconds faster than the third place finisher. Sophomore Cameron Hood finished seventh in the event (4:30.75), while freshman Stephen Carroll took 10th.
Sophomore Brendan McHugh finished third in the 200 I.M., breaking his own school record in the process. The second year broke his record set last year in the Ivy Championships with a time of 1:47.04. It bested his previous record by more than half a second.
Penn's other top five finish was in the 200 yard free relay, as the quartet of Brett Gomes, Chris Buck, Peter Amos and Kyle Loughran took fourth with a time of 1:22.12. Sophomore Jeff Cragg finished seventh in the 3-meter diving event with a score of 299.50.
The Quakers return to the pool tomorrow morning for another round of preliminary swimming and then take part in the finals tomorrow night. For complete results and information click here.
Princeton - 423.5
Harvard - 317
Penn - 291
Cornell - 227.5
Columbia - 202.5
Yale - 194.5
Brown - 142
Dartmouth - 116