PHILADELPHIA The Penn men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams are traveling north on Broad Street for a cross-city meet at La Salle, which is set for Thursday night at 6 p.m. It will serve as the last dual meet of the regular season for the Quakers.
The men’s team is currently 5-5 overall, 3-4 in the Ivy League heading into its final meet. Last Friday, the Red and Blue easily downed area rival West Chester, 186-112. Led by freshman Brendan McHugh with three first-place finishes, the Quakers placed first in 12 of the 16 events and swept the top three spots in the 100 and 200 back.
The women’s team posts a 4-6 overall record and 2-5 in the Ivies. The Quakers demonstrated their skill in the pool last Friday as they handed West Chester a 180-120 loss. Of the 16 events, the Quakers placed first in nine and swept the top-three spots in the 200 back, 400 IM, and 100 and 200 breaststroke.
If the Red and Blue swim their best on Thursday, the meet should go in Penn’s favor. Last season, the men’s team defeated the Explorers, 138-84, while the women won, 142-93. The Quakers and Explorers have had one common opponent this year, Rider. The Penn men’s team easily shut down Rider, 187-105, while the Explorers fell 174-126. On the women’s side, Penn dismissed Rider, 191-109, while La Salle barely squeezed by 153-147.