Swimming Starts Strong at Total Performance Invite

GAMBIER, Ohio - The University of Pennsylvania men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams started strong on the first day of Total Performance Invitational on Thursday night. Both Quaker squads will enter day two with a lead, after impressive showings in the 200-medley relay, the 1650 free and the 800-free relay.

On the men’s side, it was a clean sweep for the Quakers. Senior Chris Swanson took home the 1650 title for the second-straight season, breaking his own school record in the process. Leading the way in a 1-2-3 finish for the Red and Blue, Swanson touched the wall in 14:41.54.

Swanson's record-breaking swim is also fast enough to make an NCAA 'A' cut, which he accomplished at last year's invitational as well. Swanson now automatically qualifies for the NCAA Championships later this winter.

Sophomore Alex Peterson finished behind Swanson for a second-place finish (14:58.64), while Taylor Uselis (15:17.97) rounded out the trio in third.

Also victorious on the men’s side was the 200-relay team of CJ Schaffer, Kyle Yu, Michael Wen, and Eric Schultz. The quartet of Quakers paced the field with a top mark of 1:28.16.

Su and Schultz were also vital parts of a triumphant 800-free squad that made it two school records broken on the night. Teaming up with freshman Mark Andrew and junior Wes Thomas, the Quaker team defeated the field by over eight seconds, darting to a time of 6:27.73.

On the women’s side, it was more of the same for the Quakers. The 800-relay team of Madison Visco, Virginia Burns, Mary Whiting, and Meaghan Kwarcinski topped the field with a time of 7:21.86.

In the closest finish of the night, Penn’s team of Libby Jardeleza, Rochelle Dong, Carter Orth, and Lia Lombardi placed second in the 200-medley relay -- touching the wall just four-hundredths of a second behind the winning Kenyon squad.

Carolyn Yang and Visco put forth the top showings in the 1650 for the women. Yang placed third with a time of 16:50.56, while Visco clocked a mark of 16:58.97 to finish fourth.

The Total Performance Invitational will continue tomorrow, with action beginning at 9:30 a.m. For live results, download the Meet Mobile App and search the meet.