PHILADELPHIA – It’s bound to be a busy weekend for the University of Pennsylvania men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams, heading to Ithaca, N.Y. to take on host Cornell and Princeton in separate meets.
Both diving teams will compete against the Big Red and Tigers at Teagle Pool on Friday at 5 p.m. before the swim teams take on Cornell at 11 a.m. Saturday and Princeton at 3 p.m.
*The men’s team is looking to tack on to their strong start to the season after defeating Brown, 150.5-149.5, last weekend in Providence. The Quakers totaled eight first-place finishes in a battle that was decided by just a sole point. Alex Fu and Matthew Fallon both won two events to lead the day.
*Fu emerged victorious in the 50-yard freestyle (20.76) and 100-yard butterfly (48.82), while Fallon earned the win in the 200-yard breaststroke (1:55.76) and 200-yard individual medley (1:49.77).
*James Curreri (100 back), Daniel Gallagher (200 back) and Truman Armstrong (500 free) also earned individual victories while Jack Hamilton, Fallon, Fu and Ben Feldman swam a 1:30.29 to take first place in the 200-yard medley relay to kick off the meet.
*On the diving board, Jack Williams recorded a pair of second-place finishes in the one-meter (318.23) and three-meter dives (314.63).
*The women struggled mightily against the Bears Saturday, falling 220.5-79.5.
*Joy Jiang won the Quakers’ only event of the meet in the 200 fly with a time of 2:01.67.
*Jiang also had a second-place finish in the 200-yard IM (2:07.08), joining fellow runner-ups Anna Kalandadze (1,000 free) and Abby Wickersham (100 free).
*Sadie Howard led the diving team with two seconds in the three-meter (287.25) and one-meter (257.55) dives.
The Cornell men started the season off strong with three consecutive victories over Binghamton, St. Bonaventure and Dartmouth before falling to Harvard last weekend, 210.5-89.5.
The Big Red were led by Joseph Gurski in the 200-yard fly, who tallied the team’s only first-place finish in the meet against the Crimson and Big Green.
The women also started the year off 3-0 before falling to Harvard, 179-121, last weekend. Cornell tallied 16 top-three finishes with four victories. Priscilla Wongso won the 100 free (51.63), Allie Danko took first in the 1,000 free (10:35.20) while Emilie Boisrenoult earned the win the 50 free (23.80) and the 100 fly (55.83).
The Tiger men opened up the year with dominant wins over Brown (246-54) and Dartmouth (247-51) before falling closely to Columbia, 155-145, on the road last weekend.
Princeton earned a hard-fought 1-2-3 finish in the 1,000 free with John Ehling prevailing with his time of 9:18.48. Brett Feyerick (100 back), Max Walther (50 free), Tyler Hong (200 back) and Josh Brown (200 IM) all earned individual victories for the meet.
On the women’s side, the Tigers are perfect thus far at 3-0 following victories over Brown, Dartmouth and Rutgers.
Princeton won seven events against the Scarlet Knights last weekend, with Charlotte Martinkus earning a score of 294.08 on the one-meter dive. Nikki Venema (50 free and 100 free), Meg Wheeler (200 back and 200 IM) and Heidi Smithwick (100 fly) also touched first in their respective events.