PHILADELPHIA – The University of Pennsylvania men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams close out the regular season this weekend with a pair of road nonconference meets. On Friday, the Quakers will travel to West Chester for a 5 p.m. dual meet in Graham Natatorium and will then wrap the weekend up with La Salle at Kirk Pool on Saturday at 1 p.m.
Last weekend, the Red and Blue sent their seniors off in style as the teams swept Delaware in the final home meet of the season. The men won 12 events for a 184-98 victory and the women took nine first place finishes for a 174-126 win. Several Quakers put up impressive performances, but it was the final event of the day that made it special. The all-senior team of Taylor Sneed, Lauryn Brown, Christina Hurley, and Bernadette D’Alonzo finished the 400 free relay first with a time of 3:36.70. A second all-senior team of Irene Katopodis, Carly Gurick, Elyssa Pedote, and Emily Ashton placed third at 3:42.57. On the men’s side, Zach Fisher held the lead in the final leg of the race for the all-sophomore team but junior Eric Schultz and senior Dillon McHugh were gaining ground for the all-junior team and all-senior team, respectively. But it was Fisher who touched the wall first, giving the all-sophomore team of Kevin Su, Michael Wen, and Michael Hamann the win at 3:07.03. Schultz was next at 3:07.83 and McHugh was third at 3:07.85.
The men enter Friday’s meet with a spotless 7-0 dual meet record and had three of its divers hit NCAA qualifying marks during a meet earlier in the season. The Golden Rams last competed in a home tri-meet with The College of New Jersey and Johns Hopkins, finishing as the victors against both teams with noteworthy performances. Winning eight events, the 200-yard relay team began the meet by clocking the fastest dual-meet time in school history -- 1:32.84 – while Mike Oliver broke the pool record in the 200 breast with a time of 2:05.23. However, the women enter this weekend’s meet against Penn with a four-meet losing streak, after starting the season with two wins. Despite a 2-4 record, the Golden Rams took first place in six events in their most recent loss to Johns Hopkins. Sprinter Emily Stang led the way for West Chester, taking first in the 50, 100, and 200 free, while distance swimmer Lauren Carastro added two wins of her own in the 500 and 1650 free.
Last Thursday, the men added their sixth straight win of the season, topping Loyola (Md.) 216-78. Mattias Glenesk dominated the distance events, winning the 1000 free by more than 20 seconds with a time of 9:41.55 and the 500 free by almost 15 seconds at 4:43.21. Freshman diver Dylan Yurasits won both the 1-meter and 3-meter dive and was named the Atlantic 10 Rookie of the Week. The women also saw success against Loyola, defeating the Greyhounds 213-87. Notable performances by the Explorers include freshman Emma Smith’s first place finish, by more than 25 seconds, in the 1000 free, senior Paige Frishkorn’s first place victory in the 1-meter dive, and sophomore Kate Hay’s win in the 100 free.
Last Year Results
Penn defeated both West Chester and La Salle in back-to-back dual meets last year. The men defeated the Golden Rams 182-113 and followed the victory up with a second against the Explorers, 162-122, the next day. The women also added two wins of their own, defeating West Chester 169-120 and La Salle 159-129.