Men's Swimming Tops West Chester, 145-77

PHILADELPHIA, Pa. - In their final home meet of the season the University of Pennsylvania men's swimming and diving team defeated West Chester 145-77 on Friday evening at Sheerr Pool.

The men started the night off by taking 15 points in the 400-yard medley relay. The team of Ted Rainaud, Yuchi Zhang, Pat Maloney and Pat Gallagher took first place with a time of 3:30.11. Chris Weitekamp, Jon Kaufman, Brian Gartner and Tim Howett took second at 3:32.30.

Matt Blaszko (9:54.56) in the 100-yard freestyle, Pat Gallagher (1:43.03) in the 200-yard freestyle and Alex Silvester (1:57.16) in the 200-yard IM gave the Quakers four wins heading into the half-way point of the meet. Penn continued their success in the 1-meter diving. Tyler Markman (266.55) and Nick Corsano (235.73) placed first and second respectively.

The Red and Blue closed out the night strong winning five of the final seven events. Four of those events were won by seniors competing for the final time at Sheerr Pool.

Maloney (1:53.26) won the 200-yard butterfly. Neville Mitchell (1:55.76) took top spot in the 200-yard backstroke. Markman continued his success on the board. This time placing first in the 3-meter diving with a final score of 287.33. In the 200-backstroke, Jon Kaufman (58.61) finished first finished first in his final race at home.

The win improves Penn to 8-6 overall. West Chester fall to 7-3.

The Quakers are in action next Saturday, Feb. 11 as they travel to Cambridge, Mass. to take on Harvard in their last meet before the ECAC Championships.