BRIEF | Penn swimming victorious over La Salle




Men’s and women’s swimming scored a double victory Saturday afternoon.

The men’s team dominated La Salle with an easy 175-121 win after taking 13 of the first 14 events.

Meanwhile, the women held on for a 159-140 victory after winning the last few events. Both squads were coming off a win at West Chester the previous night.

For the men, the day got off to a strong start. The “A” 400-yard medley relay team of Dillon McHugh, Kyle Yu, Rhoads Worster and John Germanis started their day off with a convincing victory over their La Salle opponents. They finished with a time of 3:26.18, which was four and a half seconds faster than their foes. Alex Elias finished first in the 1000 freestyle to continue the hot streak.

The mid-distance races were swept by the Quaker men, as Sam Ruddy, Brian Foley and Kyle Yu won the 200 freestyle, backstroke, and breaststroke, respectively.

Rhoads Worster (50 butterfly), Eric Schultz (50 free), Chris Swanson (500 free), Samuel Haley (200 butterfly) and Peter Magliulo (3 m boards) all recorded victories for the Quakers over the Explorers.

On the women’s side, Annie McCotter began the individual events with a victory in the 1000 free after sneaking past her La Salle opponent, Colleen Larkin, at the end of the race.

Shelby Fortin (50 free and 100 free) and Melissa Parratto (200 butterfly and 200 individual medley) won two individual events apiece. Lauryn Brown, Emily Baturka and Sydney Stinner all won their respective events.

But the overall result of the meet was in doubt until Stinner won the 500 free with a time of 5:06.19, just a little bit ahead of her teammate Fortin.

Next weekend, the Red and Blue will head toward tougher competition. The men take on Harvard in Cambridge next Saturday, while the women have the week off.

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