Total Performance Day 3: MSwimming Captures Title

GAMBIER, Ohio -- After the third and final day of competition, the Total Performance Invitational came to a close on Saturday evening in the Kenyon Athletic Center with the University of Pennsylvania men’s swimming team capturing its fourth straight win in Gambier, Ohio. Hosted by Kenyon College, the men finished the meet with 2,592 points, 198 points ahead of second place Kenyon (2,394). Johns Hopkins finished third with 1,185, then DePauw in fourth (734), Davidson in fifth (553), Carnegie Mellon in sixth (553), and Grove City rounded out the scored in last with 494. The Quakers close out 2013 on a high note as they prepare for the second half of the season.

Event 22, the 200 medley relay, started off with a bang as the Quakers broke yet another pool and meet record. The “A” team – junior Dillon McHugh, sophomore Kyle Yu, senior Rhoads Worster, and sophomore Eric Schultz – dropped 1.65 from their entry time and completed the race at 1:28.58. The Red and Blue finished the race 1.49 before Kenyon.

The second win of the evening came in the next event, the 500 free, when sophomore Chris Swanson grabbed his first individual win of the weekend. He easily defeated a swimmer from Johns Hopkins by 9.33 seconds, and also broke the pool and meet record with a smashing time of 4:21.19. Swanson shaved off an incredible 11.26 seconds from his entry time (4:34.45). Right in the thick of things, junior Eric Vanden Noort took a fourth place finish in a tight battle with a time of 4:30.54. His time was one hundredth of a second behind third place and two hundreths of a second behind second place.

Moving right along to event 26 and keeping the momentum in the Quakers’ favor, a two-three finish was captured in the 200 back by Mchugh (1:47.20) and sophomore Brian Foley (1:48.52).

Another pool and meet record was broken, this time by Worster in the 100 fly. He touched the wall at 47.70 and dropped 1.55 off his entry time. Worster also took first in the 200 IM, where he swam 4.58 faster than his entry time of 1:52.97. His time, 1:48.39, was just two hundreths of a second away from tying the pool and meet record.

Adding another first place finish for the Red and Blue was Yu, in the 200 breast. He completed the race at 2:00.19 and was soon followed by freshman Cole Hurwitz, who placed third with his time of 2:01.38.

Penn took three of the top six spots in the 100 free with Schultz leading the way. The Quaker touched at 44.43, dropping 1.35 off his entry time. New comers Zach Fisher took fifth (45.90) and Jimmy Jameson tied for sixth (45.99).

To close out the evening, the 400 free relay “A” team – McHugh, Jameson, Schultz, and Worster -- prepared to put on a show in the final race of the night and meet.

After the first two splits, Johns Hopkins had a slight edge (16 hundreths of a second) at 1:28.96 over the Quakers (1:29.12). Schultz entered the pool, finishing with the best split of the team (43.85). Worster, the last leg, swam a 43.92 and secured the victory for the Red and Blue with a total time of 2:56.89. The “A” team dropped 5.85 seconds off their entry time and finished well before the Johns Hopkins team (3:00.79).

The Quakers will compete again after the New Year, when they travel to New Haven, Connecticut for an Ivy tri-meet with Yale and Dartmouth on January 11.

Final Team Scores


1. Penn 2,592

2. Kenyon 2,394

3. Johns Hopkins 1,185

4. DePauw 734

5. Davidson 553

6. Carnegie Mellon 553

7. Grove City 326

Download: TPSC Inv Combined Final Results.pdf