The University of Pennsylvania played host to the annual three way meet including Yale and Dartmouth. While Penn emerged victorious in both men’s meets, it was visitor Yale that spoiled an otherwise perfect day for the Quakers by defeating their women.
The Penn men were flying high after they were ranked #24 in the latest CSCAA poll, a high watermark for the program. Traditionally behind Yale in the conference hierarchy, they avenged a lopsided loss in last year’s edition hosted by Dartmouth.
The quakers were led by senior sprinter Eric Schultz, who won both the 50 and 100 freestyle. Chris Swanson, already qualified for the NCAA championship earlier this year, took the 1000.
While victories from Schultz and Swanson were predictable, it was other role players who stepped up in the back and forth battle. Kyle Yu won the 100 breaststroke, and Kevin Su won the 200 freestyle.
While freshmen Mark Andrew had the most hype coming off a selection to the National Junior team, it was his classmate Thomas Dillinger that led the way in the 200 IM. Michael Wen also won the 100 butterfly.
Kei Hyogo scored an impressive victory over Swanson in the 500 freestyle for the Bulldogs. He also won the 200 butterfly. Shawn Nee won both backstroke races and Jonathan Rutter took the 200 breaststroke.
Dartmouth’s highlight came from their traditionally strong divers, where Brett Gillis won both boards.
Yale won handily on both sides of the women’s competition, although the Quaker women did score a few victories along the way. Open water star Eva Fabian led the way by winning the distance double (1000,500).
Bella Hindley was another double winner, taking the 200 and 100 freestyle. The freshmen was joined in the victory lane by classmate Jacquelyn Du who took the 100 backstroke.
Pauline Kaminski fought hard to win both breaststrokes. taking each event with a strong closeout of a Penn competitor.
Finally, Lily McRae took both diving boards for the Bulldogs, which created a deficit that was too much for either other team to overcome.
Rochelle Dong took two event wins for the Quakers, both the 100 fly and 50 freestyle. She also had the fastest split on Penn’s winning 400 freestyle relay.
Full results, Yale/Penn/Dartmouth