Swim Team Splits with Navy, as the Men Lose and the Women Triumph

PHILADELPHIA - In their last home meet of the 2007 swimming season, the men and women split with the visiting Navy teams. The men lost 176-124, while the women won an exciting meet by a score of 155-145.

For the men, junior Patrick Gallagher took home first place in the 200-yard freestyle, with a time of 1:43.14, and in the 100 free, with a time of 47.14. Senior Joe Griffith also took home a win in the 200 fly, in 1:53.20. Junior Devon Carr won the 50 free in just three tenths of a second, with a time of 21.46. Freshman James Fee came up with a big win for the Quakers, as he placed first in the 500 free, with a time of 4:41.13. Ben Gan also came in first in the 100-yard butterfly, with a time of 51.40. But the first place finishes were not enough for Penn, as the Midshipmen tallied points in other event to take home the last dual meet of Penn's season.

The Penn women had a much closer meet with Navy's women. They started the meet with a close win in the 200-yard medley relay, as Lauren Brandes, Stephanie Colson, Tara Gillies and Michelle Cohen won with a time of 1:47.40, as Navy's squad came in at 1:47.60. Seniors Margot Newcomer and Cameron Villarreal earned some crucial points in the 1000 free, as Newcomer came in second, in 10:22.22, and Villarreal placed third, in 10:26.31.

Freshman Sara Coenen continued to bring in points for the Quakers, as she placed first in the 200 free, with a time of 1:53.21. Brandes was a close second, in 1:53.90. Gillies took home a first place finish in the 100-yard backstroke, with a time of 58.95, while senior Hayley Wolfgruber placed third in 1:01.34. Senior Janis Scanlon placed second in the one meter dive, with 268.05 points, while senior Kate McArdle placed second in the three meter, with a score of 262.88. Coenen also won the 200-yard backstroke, with a time of 2:08.22, while Wolfgruber came in second, with a time of 2:09.98.

Going into the final event, the 400-yard free relay, Penn had a one point lead over Navy, and the meet was in anybody's hands. But Brandes, Andrea Balint, Colson and Coenen came out determined to win. And they did, with a final time of 3:31.37, three seconds ahead of Navy's nearest swimmer. With the win, and the 11 points a first place finish earned them, the Quakers sealed the 155-145 victory.

The Quakers have one more dual meet this season, as they travel toWest Chester, Pa. on Friday, Feb. 2 at6 p.m. to face off against West Chester University.Full meet results are included below.

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