Men's, Women's Swimming Defeats West Chester

PHILADELPHIA - The Penn men's and women's swimming and diving teams each earned victories over area-rival West Chester Friday evening at Sheerr Pool. The men won 180-119 while the women took a 174.5-118.5 victory. For the women, it was the final meet of the season before Ivy Championships, while the men have a home date with Harvard next Saturday.

The meet got off to a good start as both the men's and women's 200-medley relay team claimed victories. Sara Coenen, Kelby Zimmerman, Andrea Balint and Amy Reams claimed victory for the women, while Chris Weitekamp, Chaz Maul, Brad Farris and Devon Carr took the men's event. The B-teams for the men and women finished in second place overall.

For the women, the first event of the day went to Stephanie Nerby as she swam a 10:29.25 in the 1000-free. Sara Ernst took second with a 10:37.26. Sara Coenen was the next winner for the women, taking the 100-back in 57.99 to remain perfect in backstroke events in her career.She outpaced her next closest competitor, teammate Ainsley Cookingham, by more than three seconds.

Megan Barron (1:07.97) and Kelby Zimmerman (1:08.02) finished first and second in the 100-breast.

After Nerby won the 200-fly, Lauren Brandes took the 50-free in 24.39. She came back and won the 100-free after the diving events, taking it in 53.49. Megan Barron finished second in that event, swimming a 54.09.

Kelby Zimmerman took the 200-breast in 2:25.93, and Naomi Delphin earned the last individual victory of the day for the Quakers when she swam a 5:04.96 in the 500-free.

On the boards, Melissa Gardel took the 1-meter event with a 282.75 and followed that up with a victory on the 3-meter board, earning a 276.15 score.

The women have now concluded their regular season and will next be in action Thursday, February 28 when they travel to Princeton for the Ivy Championships.

After the opening relay victory, James Fee got the men their first victory of the day when he took the 1000-free in 9:25.44. Pat Gallagher kept it going in the 200-free when he swam a 1:39.80.

In the 100-back, Chris Weitekamp grabbed the victory when he swam a 52.60. Right behind him was teammate Larkin MacDonald, swimming a 52.63.

Devon Carr raced to a victory in the 50-free, swimming a 21.10. In the 100-free, Penn swept the podium positions as Pat Gallagher won with a 45.79, Kyle Loighran took second in 46.73, and Carr finished third in 47.17.

Kyle Yeager claimed victory in the 200-back, swimming a 1:54.29. Back to the distance events, James Fee took his second victory of the day when he swam a 4:34.24 in the 500-free. He earned the last individual victory of the day for the men in the 200-IM when he swam a 1:56.98.

The 400-free relay team of Devon Carr, Pat Gallagher, Chris Weitekamp and Kyle Loughran claimed victory with a 3:05.28 to conclude the day.

On the boards, Aaron Levy swept both events, taking the 1-meter boardwith a288.38 and the 3-meter dive with a 335.48.

The men have won more meet before the postseason begins. They will welcome Harvard to Sheerr Pool next Saturday. That meet is scheduled to begin at noon.

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