Penn Closes Out Dual Season with Sweep of West Chester

Penn at Westchester

  • Jan. 26, 2019
  • Men: Penn def. West Chester 196-100
  • Women: Penn def. West Chester 173-126
  • Results

Courtesy: Penn Athletics

PHILADELPHIA – The University of Pennsylvania swimming and diving program completed a sweep over West Chester on Saturday to close out the 2018-19 dual meet season.

The men’s team got off to a quick start, winning the first 12 events to cruise to a 196-100 victory. The women showed off their young depth, with six athletes winning eight events to earn a 173-126 victory.

PENN MEN
NEWS AND NOTES
*The Quakers won 14 of 16 events for the second time this season.

*Eight different student athletes tallied an individual win on the day for Penn.

*Penn closes out the dual/tri meet season with an 8-2 record, its best finish sine 2015-16.

*Mark Andrew‘s victory in the 100 back (51.92) was the fifth different individual event Andrew has won this season.

*Sophomore Kenan Dols earned his first individual victory of the season, taking first in the 200 fly (1:54.82)

HOW IT HAPPENED
Penn got off to a hot start and never looked back, as the Quakers won the first 12 events to cruse to their eighth victory of the season, taking down the Golden Rams of West Chester.

The Red and Blue continued to dominate the medley relay events, as a team of Andrew, Colin McHugh, Sean Lee, and Nathaniel Cunnan started off the meet with a win in the 200 medley relay (1:32.36). Will Thomas followed up the event with another victory in the 1,000 free (9:33.56).

Will Thomas continued the Quakers’ momentum as he earned his first victory of the day in the 1,000 free (9:33.56). Andrew continued to build on Penn’s hot start as he won the 100 back (51.92).

Colin McHugh followed with his first victory of the day, winning the 100 breast (57.92). Dols then won his first individual event of the season as he took first in the 200 fly (1:54.82).

Andrew Bologna kept Penn’s streak going as he took first in the 1-meter (294.54) in his final dual-meet with the Red and Blue.

Sandwiching Bologna’s victory in the 1-meter dive were a pair of wins for Lee in the 50 (20.84) and 100 free (46.82).

Zach Althoff (1:56.65) and Andrew (1:57.59) finished first and second in the 200 back, giving Penn its 11th straight victory to start the meet. Matthew Haigh got in on the action, winning the 500 free (4:43.20) to make it 12 straight for the Quakers.

Following West Chester victory in the 100 fly, freshman James Hopper capped off a sweep of the diving events with a first-place finish in the 3-meter (305.55).

Thomas ended the meet just as he started it, with a victory in the 200 IM (1:56.51) to cap off an incredible day for the Quakers.

PENN WOMEN
NEWS AND NOTES
*Six different athletes combined for eight total individual victories for the Quakers.

*Juliette Pozzuoli swept the 1-meter and 3-meter diving events, the first Penn diver to win both events in a single meet this season.

*Three of Penn’s eight victories came from freshman swimmers, Tara Larusso (200 back – 1:55.80), Hannah Kannan (100 back – 57.06), and Catherine Buroker (500 free – 5:03.58).

*The Quakers posted four 1-2-3 finishes on the day – in the 100 back, 200 fly, 200 back, and 500 free.

*Serena Xue won both the 100 and 200 breast in the same meet for the _ time this season.

HOW IT HAPPENED
The Penn women closed out the dual season on a positive note, using four 1-2-3 finishes to top the Golden Rams. Katie Kiely started the day for the Quakers with a second-place finish in the 1,000 free (10:25.80). Larusso followed with a second-place finish of her own in the 200 free (1:55.80).

Larusso earned Penn’s first victory of the day, taking first in the 200 back (2:02.99). Kannan finished second in the 200 back (2:04.05) before winning the 100 back (57.06) later in the day. Kannan took second again, finishing the 100 fly with a time of 56.55.

Libby Jardeleza (59.17) and Vicky Wong (59.69) took second and third, respectively, in the 100 back.  Serena Xue took a pair of first-place finishes in the 100 (1:06.92) and 200 breast (2:22.23).

Juliette Pozzuoli became the first Penn diver this season to win both the 1-meter and 3-meter events in the same meet. She posted a final score of 264.45 to win the 3-meter before a 211.05 earned her another victory in the 1-meter. Freshman Caroline Dobbs took second in the 3-meter (203.63).

Joanne Fu led the charge in the Quakers third 1-2-3 sweep of the night, this time in the 200 fly. She took the top spot after finishing in 2:06.88. Freshman Andie Myers (2:08.06) and Anna Newnam (2:08.27) took the next two spots under Fu.

Catherine Buroker closed out a positive meet for Penn with a first-place finish in the 500 free (5:03.58). Grace Giddings (5:03.58) and Katie Kiely (5:09.61) finished second and third to give the Quakers their fourth 1-2-3 finish of the day.

WHAT’S NEXT?
Penn will immediately begin preparations for the Ivy League Championships coming on the horizon. The women will compete first from February 20-23, while the men will compete from February 27 to March 2. Both meets will take place in Princeton, N.J.

Courtesy: West Chester Athletics

WEST CHESTER, Pa. – The West Chester University men’s swimming and diving team was back in action for the first time in well over a month on Saturday afternoon as the Penn Quakers paid the Golden Rams a visit for the Golden Rams final dual meet of the season. Penn captured the victory winning 196-100 over West Chester.

West Chester began its afternoon by capturing second, fourth, and fifth in the 200-medley relay with times of 1 minute and 33.95 seconds, 1:37.45, and 1:41.80 respectively.

Dylan North (Airville, Pa./Red Lion) swam well in the 1000 free as he finished in third with a time of 9:45.02 while teammate Tom Powell (West Grove, Pa./Bishop Shanahan) was fifth with a time of 10:09.99.

Christopher Kelly (Huntingdon Valley, Pa./Lower Moreland) led a trio of Golden Rams in the 200 free as he finished in fourth while Keir Uhlin (Lititz, Pa./Warwick) and Benjamin Van Meter (Oreland, Pa./Springfield Township) finished in fifth and sixth, respectively

In the 100 backstroke, Kohle Kerchner (Reading, Pa./Muhlenberg) was the Golden Rams top finisher as he finished in third to lead the Golden Ram contingent in this event as well.

Jarod Anderson (Newville, Pa./Big Spring) earned a top-five finish of his own as he finished in third in the 100-yard breaststroke.

In the 200 butterfly, Joao Pedro Barreto (Niteroi, Brazil) captured a second-place finish with a time of 1:54.89 before teammate Pijus Mackevicius (Kaunas, Lithuania) earned a second-place finish of his own in the 50-free with a time of 21.04 seconds.

Powell registered another top-five finish in the 100-free, as he finished third in this event as well with a time of 48.00 seconds.

In the 200-yard backstroke, Kercher led the way once again for the Golden Rams as he finished in third with a time of 2:00.51.

Anderson, North, and Stephen Dow (Landenberg, Pa./Avon Grove) all swam well in the 200-yard breaststroke, finishing in second, third and fourth with times of 2:12.64, 2:15.46, and 2:17.69, respectively.

Collin Petit (Havertown, Pa./Haverford) was the Golden Rams top-finisher in the 500-free as he finished in second with a time of 4:50.43. Mackevicius was not far behind as he finished in third just two seconds behind his teammate.

In the 100-yard butterfly, Barreto was a winner for the Golden Rams as he clocked a time of 50.55 to give the Golden Rams men’s swimmers their first victory of the afternoon.

North also captured a second-place finish in the 200-yard Individual Medley (IM) with a time of 1:57.36.

The combination of Barreto, Petit, Kerchner, and Mackevicius also proved to be effective during the 200-yard freestyle relay as the Golden Rams captured a victory in this event as well with a time of 1:26.52.

Jonas Ricci (Palmyra, Pa./Palmyra Area) also captured a top-five finish for the Golden Rams as he finished in fifth off the 1m board with a score of 239.78.

The West Chester women were back in action on Saturday afternoon for the first time in nearly a month when the Penn visited Graham Natatorium. Penn captured the victory winning by a final score of 173-126.

West Chester started off its afternoon with a victory as the Golden Rams captured first place in the 200-yard medley relay with a time of one minute and 46.66 seconds, which was almost three full seconds ahead of the second-place finishing team from Penn.

Georgia Wright (Doncaster, U.K.) followed this up with a victory of her own in the 1000-yard freestyle as she registered a time of 10:20.81, which was five seconds faster than the second-place finisher.

In the 200-yard free, Julia McCarthy (Bethlehem, Pa./Liberty) earned a victory of her own with a time of 1:54.57 while teammate Elizabeth Miller (Levittown, Pa./Neshaminy) was third with a time of 1:55.91.

Katelyn Chick (West Chester, Pa./Villa Maria Academy) was the first Golden Ram to touch the wall in the 100-yard breaststroke, as she registered a time of 1:07.34 while teammate Madison Grenoble (Downingtown, Pa./Downingtown STEM Academy) was not far behind in third with a time of 1:07.88.

In the 50-free, Mikaela Lantz (Reading, Pa./Reading) was the first swimmer to touch the wall with a time of 24.28 seconds while teammate Sydney Wareham (Mount Joy, Pa./Donegal) was second with a time of 24.53.

Ann Carozza (West Chester, Pa./West Chester East) captured another victory for the Golden Rams as she won the 100-free with a time of 51.71 seconds before Emelie Johansson (Taby, Sweden) took third in the 200-yard breaststroke with a time 2:28.37 to lead the Golden Rams in that event as well.

Wright picked up another top-five finish in the 500-yard free, as she finished in third with a time of 5:11.27 to lead the Golden Rams in this event as well.

Carozza picked up another victory as she registered a time of 56.08 to capture the 100-yard butterfly.

McCarthy picked up another win of her own moments later as she captured the 200-yard Individual Medley (IM) in addition to her victories from earlier in the afternoon.

The final victory of the day for West Chester came in the 200-yard freestyle relay as West Chester registered a time of 1:36.47 to lead the field in this event as well.

Shannon McCabe (Carlisle, Pa./Big Spring) and Grace Harvey (Norristown, Pa./Norristown) earned top-five finishes off the 3m board in diving as McCabe was third while Harvey was fourth in this event. McCabe and Harvey also captured second and third place, respectively off of the 1m board.

West Chester is slated to be back in the pool on February 9th at the Pre-Championship meet.

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