GAMBIER, OHIO - For the first time ever, Penn's swim teams traveled to Kenyon College to take part in the Nike Cup Invitational. The men swam against host Kenyon, Johns Hopkins, Washington & Lee and Wabash College, while the women took on Kenyon, Kansas and Johns Hopkins. Both teams did well throughout the weekend.
The men won the Invitational, with 1,149 points. Kenyon came in at second with 988, while Johns Hopkins had 608, Washington & Lee had 410 pointsand Wabash came in last with 220 points. The women came in a close second to Kenyon, with 1,007 points, to Kenyon's 1,026. Kansas came in third with 981, while Johns Hopkins cane in last with 295.
Both teams had a myriad of personal best times, while also breaking school and pool records throughout. The men's 200-yard medley relay team of Larkin Macdonald, Alex Silvester, Brian Gartner and Patrick Gallagher came in first, with a pool record time of 1:33.10. Macdonald broke a pool record in the 200-yard backstroke, with a time of 1:50.99, and first place in that event. The men's 200-yard freestyle relay also broke records with time first place time of 1:22.72. In addition to setting a new Kenyon pool record, they broke Penn's school record as well. Devon Carr came in first in the 200-yard butterfly, and set a pool record with his time of 1:50.79, while Gallagher set a pool record of 1:38.93, with his first place finish in the 200-yard freestyle. Alex Silvester also set a pool record in the 100-yard breaststroke, with his first place time of 57.02.
For the women, freshman Sara Coenen continued to dominate her opponents, as she came in first in the 200-yard backstroke, setting a new pool record with a time of 2:01.97. The highlight of the meet for the women's team was their last event, the 400 free relay. The team of Stephanie Colson, Lauren Brandes, Tara Gillies and Coenen won the event, set a new school record, and beat last year's Ivy championship-winning time. Their final time was 3:26.4, breaking Penn's old record by almost two seconds.
Full results from the Kenyon Invitational are posted below.
Up next, the men will travel to New York to take on Columbia on Saturday afternoon, while the women host the Lions at 6 p.m. on Friday.
Download: kenyon results.pdf