West Chester vs. Penn
- January 28, 2022
- West Chester, Pennsylvania
- Team Scores:
- Penn M defeat West Chester M, 203-95
- Penn W defeat West Chester W, 154-145
West Chester hosted in-state opponent the University of Pennsylvania on Friday, falling significantly to the Penn men but only narrowly losing to the Penn women.
This meet against Division II West Chester was Penn’s last meet of the regular season. Their top woman swimmer Lia Thomas didn’t appear in results of the meet – she is ranked #1 in the NCAA in the 200 and 500 freestyles this season.
Thomas a transgender athlete making international headlines as a subject of the debate regarding transgender participation in sports.
“Friday had long been a planned rest day for Lia and a number of our other top swimmers as they prepare for championship meets next month,” a Penn Athletics spokesperson told The Washington Times in a Saturday email.
It’s unclear what other top swimmers they were referring to, as several of Penn’s top-performing women athletes, like Anna Kalandadze, Grace Giddings, Hannah Kannan, Joy Jiang, and Margot Kaczorowski were all present.
The meet was also West Chester’s senior night.
Penn scored an overwhelming victory over West Chester, leading by over 100 points. The Penn men won 14 events.
Senior William Kamps was Penn’s top performer, winning the 200 free (1:40.86), 100 free (46.67), and the 500 free (4:37.71). These times aren’t Kamps’ season bests, but they kept West Chester from winning one event–the 100 free, where West Chester’s Devin Metzger came in 2nd. Kamps led a 1-2 sweep for Penn in the other two events.
Freshman Matt Fallon also continued his successful season, winning both the 100 breast (55.12) and the 400 IM (3:59.37). Fallon has the team’s top times this season in both events, but those times are 51.45 and 3:46.43, respectively.
On the diving side, Penn also swept–Trevor Nelson won the 1-meter board with a score of 289.20, and Cody Hopkins won the 3-meter board with a score of 299.55.
West Chester sophomore Nolan Benner was the sole individual event winner against Penn, leading a 1-2 sweep of the 50 free in 21.17. Metzger came in 2nd with a time of 21.32. Benner’s time is just about .30 off his season best time of 20.88, which is also the team’s best time this season. Metzger’s time is his season best.
West Chester also won the 200 free relay, helmed by Tyler Hall (21.46), Dalton Fink (21.09), Joel Dunnigan (20.71), and Benner (20.21). The team swam a cumulative time of 1:23.47, compared to Penn’s 1:24.09.
The women’s meet was a lot more exciting, with Penn only posting six event wins against the Rams.
Senior Hannah Kannan won two individual events, the 100 back (56.42) and 200 back (2:02.59). Her 100 back time was her 4th-best time this season, and the 200 back time is her 3rd-best time this season. Kannan currently holds the fastest times of the season from previous meets.
The only other Penn swimmer to win double individual events was Olivia Francella, who won the 1-meter board (263.85) and the 3-meter board (275.10).
Penn ultimately used depth to its advantage, as West Chester won seven events.
Senior Ann Carozza won three individual events: the 200 free (1:50.70), 100 fly (54.53), and 200 fly (2:00.82). Carozza has been a star swimmer for West Chester for a while now. During the 2019-20 season, she was an All-American in the 50 free and the PSAC champion in the 100 free. Her 2020-21 season was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Sophomore Mikayla Niness won two events, the 50 free (23.77) and the 100 free (51.40). Niness’ 50 free time is just .30 off her season best time, and she was just over a second slower than her season-best 100 free time. Carozza holds the season-best times for the team.
Both teams will now prep for their colleges championships, to take place in mid-February.