Lawrenceville, N.J. - Not only did the Quaker men and women dominate Rider last night, but they made history while doing it. On the men's side, eight pool records were broken out of 13 swimming events (five by Penn, three by Rider), while the Penn women set three pool records as well. The men’s team beat the number 19th- ranked Rider Bronco’s (according to collegeswimming.com’s mid-major poll) 133-108, while the women swept Rider, 147-93.
The men’s meet came down to the last two events, with a solid first place (59.2) finish from freshman breaststroker Yuchi Zhang in the 100-yard breaststroke. Other strong performances came from freshmen as well, as Devon Carr broke Coppola Pool records in the 200-fly (1:53.1) and 500-free (4:43), as well as winning the 50-free in a solid 21.7. Fellow freshman, Pat Gallagher crushed the pool record in the mile (16:20), finished 2nd in the 100 (47.6), and helped win the 200-yd freestyle relay.
The women were equally impressive as they swept the broncos and a lot more balanced according to Head Coach Mike Schnur. Leading the way was senior Maureen Schriver, who set a new pool record in the mile by almost a minute (17:22). Junior Erica Gentilucci set a new pool record in the 400-yard IM (4:39), as well as winning the 500-yard freestyle (5:11). Margot Newcomer won the 200-yard free (1:57), and sophomore school record holder Stephanie Colson won the 100-yard back in a season best 1:00.8.
Coach Schnur was especially excited with the effort the women’s team put out after swimming a tough 4,000-yard practice earlier that morning.
Due to a computer malfunction, event results will be made available at a later time.
Both the men and women swim against Navy at Sheerr Pool on Jan. 29. The meet is split with the men competing at noonwith the women following at 3:30 p.m.