Lewisburg, Pa. - The Penn Men’s Swimming Team, traveled to Bucknell on Nov. 6 to participate in the Bucknell Sprint Invitational. In the team’s first inter-collegiate competition of the year, impressive performaces were seen by all, including a strong showing by the freshman class.
The Quakers came out of the meet with nine first-place finishes, and 23 top-three finishes. The Quakers were able to secure the first place position in all four-relay events in which they participated. Jon Kaufman, took first place in the 50-yd breast stroke with a time of 27.92 seconds, and was quickly followed by freshman Yuchi Zhang, who took second place. Junior Kevin Scott led the teams sprinting efforts, taking first place in the 100-yd freestyle with a time of 47.99. In the 100-yd butterfly, the Quakers again took the top two positions with sophomore Joe Griffith taking first and freshman Devon Carr in second. The last individual first place finish for the team, came from Zhang, in the 100-yd breaststroke, quickly followed by junior Matt Blaszko.
The Penn distance team proved they were a step above the rest, and the Quakers took the top six positions in the 500-yd freestyle. The team was led by freshman Patrick Gallagher, followed by Carr, sophomore Jason McGrath, Blaszko in fourth, junior Neville Mitchell behind him, and sophomore Stephen Heyer rounding out the group in sixth place.
The Quakers saw extremely strong performances from this year’s freshman class. Taking the lead for the young Quakers was Gallagher, who finished in the top-three spots seven times. Gallagher took first with the 200-yd freestyle relay team, finished second in the 100-yd backstroke, helped to secure another first place in the 400-yd medley relay, led the team in the 500-yd freestyle, took second in the 200-yd freestyle, finished third in the 50-yd backstroke and rounded out the day with a first place finish in the 400-yd freestyle relay.
The Quakers open their regular season at Sheerr Pool, in a dual meet against Cornell and Princeton on Saturday Nov. 20, at 12 p.m.
Download: Bucknell Sprint Invite Final Results.pdf