PHILADELPHIA - Coming off one its strongest performances of the season, the Quakers look to continue their success when they travel north to battle with Yale and Dartmouth Saturday morning, beginning at 10 a.m.
The Red and Blue opened up the second half of the season by beating Brown 173-127 in a five-team meet at Florida Atlantic University on Jan. 5. Penn also competed against nationally ranked Purdue and LSU, as well as host FAU. The Quakers beat FAU handily and took LSU down to the wire, losing to the Tigers 156-138.
Junior Brendan McHugh was the top swimmer for the men, earning three individual victories and helping the Red and Blue to a third-place finish in the 200-yard medley relay. The breaststroker won the 100 in 55.82, the 200 in 2:02.82 and touched first in the 200-yard I.M. with his time of 1:52.19. Fellow classmate Jeff Cragg also did well, dominating both the 1-meter and 3-meter diving events.
Last year Penn defeated Dartmouth 249-51 and took down Yale for the first time since 1992, 170-140. This season Dartmouth enters the meet looking for its second Ivy victory of the year. The Big Green used a first and third place finish in the final event to edge Brown 151-149. Freshman Nejc Zupan won a pair of distance events for Dartmouth while backstroker Michael Ahern won the 100 and took second in the 200.
Yale, meanwhile, comes into the weekend off a loss to Cornell on Jan. 8. The Bulldogs fell to the Big Red 166-134 as they managed just four first place finishes, three in individual events. Matt Lee won the 1,000-yard free and also took second in the 500 while Kyle Veatch won the 50-yard free and the 100-yard butterfly.