Miami, Fla. - The Penn men's swimming team captured its first tournament title of the year, winning the Florida International Invitational on Jan. 2 with a score of 568. The Quakers earned the win on the strength of 16 top-three finishes in individual events and a realy victory in the 200-yard freestyle.
The 200-yard IM relay team of Teddy Rainaud, Yuchi Zhang, Joe Griffith and Tim Howett started Penn off with a second-place finish with a time of 1:41.95. Howett teamed up with Patrick Gallagher, Devon Carr and Kevin Scott to take the 200-yard freestyle relay, edging out Carnegie Melon by .18 seconds with a time of 1:27.57.
Carr, Gallagher and Scott made their presence known in individual events as well as all earned event victories en route to the team tournament win. Carr captured the 1,000-yard freestyle in 10:00.01, followed by teammates Neville Mitchell (10:06.25) in secondand Matthew Blaszko (10:08.58) in third. Carr also finished second in the 500-yard freestyle (4:51.41).
Gallagher was victorious in the 100-yard freestyle (47.81) and finished second in the 200-yard freestyle event (1:46.56) with teammate Stephen Heyer finishing closely behind (1:49.00) in third. Scott captured the 50-yard freestyle in 22.31 and Chris Weitekampbeat all competitors to the touch pad in the100-yard backstroke with a time of 55.03 for Penn's fourth and final win in an individual event.
The Quakers resume Ivy League competition when they host Brown on Jan. 15 at noon at Sheerr Pool.
Written by Mat Kanan, associate director of athletic communications
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