Swimming and Diving Defeats Rival La Salle Tuesday

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PHILADELPHIA - Both the University of Pennsylvania men's and women's swimming and diving programs took down Big 5 rival La Salle Tuesday evening on a quick turnaround before the holiday break. The men defeated the Explorers 161-132, while the women won 163-122. 

The men notched 10-first place finishes, exhibitioning the final three events. The foursome of CJ SchafferColin McHughMichael Wen and Zach Fisher began the meet with a win in the 200-yd medley relay, edging another Quaker team by .03 with a time of 1:33.51. 

The Red and Blue swept the 1000-yd freestyle as Mark AndrewTaylor Uselis and Wes Thomas finished first-third. Kevin Su notched a victory in the 200-yd free at 1:39.78, while Christopher Nicholson tallied a win in the 100-yd backstroke at 51.77.

Penn again swept, this time in the 200-yd butterfly, as Hunter BrakovecAlex Peterson and Schaffer took the top-three times. Brakovec led the way at 1:51.88. 

The final counted events for the Quakers were all first-place finishes for the Red and Blue, as Su won the 100-yd free at 46.56, Uselis captured first in the 200-yd backstroke at 1:58.46, McHugh won the 200-yd breaststroke at 2:07.24, Peterson finished first in the 500-yd free at 4:39.15 and Wen wrapped things up by winning the 100-yd fly at 50.13. 

John-Michael Diveris finished second in the 1-meter dive with a score of 271.50. 

The women totaled a thoroughly dominating performance at Kirk Pool, notching a first-place finish in every event that was not exhibitioned. The Red and Blue got out to the quick start, taking first and second in the 200-yd medley relay. Libby JardelezaHaley WickhamLaine Higgins and Kim Phan won the event with a time of 1:47.80. 

Freshman Grace Ferry continued to impress, again winning the 1000-yd freestyle with a time of 10:23.40. The rookie also took home first place in the 200-yd backstroke, touching the wall at 2:10.30. 

Meredith Newman won both the 100 and 200-yd freestyle events, taking the top time in the shorter distance race at 53.34, while winning the 200-yd at 1:56.16. The 100-yd backstroke and breaststroke featured Quaker sweeps in the top-three times, led by Wickham in the breast and Wendy Yang in the back. 

In the final events not exhibitioned, Annie Tran won the 200-yd butterfly with a time of 2:06.44, Phan took top marks in the 50-yd freestyle at 24.51, and Sydney Tan won the 200-yd breaststroke at 2:21.73. 

Maggie Heller won the 1-meter dive with a score of 212.70. 

The Quakers will resume competition at the Total Performance Invitational hosted by Kenyon College started Thursday, Dec. 1.