GAMBIER, Ohio – And down the records went; six to be exact. By the conclusion of the first day of Kenyon College’s Total Performance Invitational, the University of Pennsylvania men’s swimming team set two new records. Including the top of the podium performances, the Quakers totaled 255 points to also take the overall lead. Host Kenyon tallied 222 for second. Thursday’s two distance events where held in the James A. Steen Aquatic Center.
Entering the first event for the men – the 1650 free – the top three seeded times went to junior Chris Swanson, freshman Alex Peterson, and freshman Taylor Uselis.
Like the last two years, Swanson won the event in smashing fashion. Once again, Swanson broke the school record which he set (14:49.63) with his time of 14:43.87. His time also is a Kenyon pool record along with a meet record. To top it off, Swanson touched the wall 25.61 seconds before any other swimmer.
Along with the records, Swanson made the NCAA automatic time in the 1650 and is now currently ranked second on the country. His time additionaly puts him in the all-time Top 25 for Americans.
As for the freshmen, Uselis picked up ground in his final one hundred, battling Kenyon’s Arthur Conover, but came up 0.38 of a second short and finished third with a time of 15:09.86. Peterson rounded out the top five with his time of 15:21.92.
The three alone totaled 96 of the Red and Blue’s 188 points, after just one event.
The 800 free relay “A” team -- senior Dillon McHugh, junior Eric Schultz, sophomore Michael Wen, sophomore Kevin Su -- kept the trend going. Breaking the pool, meet, and school records, which were all set at this event last year (6:32.64), the Quakers clocked in at 6:31.98 and defeated Kenyon’s “A” team who took silver in 6:32.78. The Red and Blue also added 31 more points to their team score as the “B” team -- senior Sam Ruddy, junior Bradley Wachenfeld, senior Konner Scott, sophomore Michael Hamman -- claimed third with a time of 6:35.61.
Day One Team Scores
1. Penn, 255
2. Kenyon, 222
3. Johns Hopkins, 116
4. Davidson, 74
5. Carnegie Mellon, 73
6. DePauw, 69
7. Grove City, 36
Penn will return to action tomorrow with prelims beginning at 9:30 a.m. and finals at 5:30 p.m. A live video feed of the day’s event’s can be watched here.
Live results will also be available through MeetMobile.
Download: TPSC Thursday Results.pdf