Harvard Men Beat Penn To Close Out Dual Meet Season

PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania, February 8. THE Ivy League matchup between Harvard and Penn featured runaway victories for the Crimson men’s team as they took a 182.5-115.5 win.

Penn took three individual wins, two of them by Rhoads Worster. He won the 100 back with a 49.65, just beating out Harvard’s Jack Pretto, who posted a 49.89. Worster had an easier time in the 100 fly, winning comfortably with a 48.65. Penn’s other win came from Brendan Crystal in the 400 IM, where he battled with Harvard’s Christian Carbone. Crystal had a three-second lead after backstroke, but that was whittled down to just one second after 300 yards. Crystal got the win in 4:00.94 to Carbone’s 4:00.99.

Jack Stein also helped Penn’s numbers as he won the 1-meter diving competition with 345.82 points. The Quakers also won both relays, taking the 200 medley with a 1:29.10 and the 400 free in 3:00.08.

Harvard, who soared into the top 10 of the CSCAA men’s top 25 poll earlier this week after a big win at the Harvard-Yale-Princeton tri meet, won the remaining races. Eric Ronda and Spenser Goodman were the highlights for Harvard as each won two events.

Ronda swept the breaststroke races, posting a 56.73 in the 100 and 2:03.68 in the 200 breast. As for Goodman, he won the 200 free in 1:39.97 and took the 500 free win with a 4:35.89. Harvard’s Mike Gaudani led for 300 yards but couldn’t hold the pace and finished second in the 500 with a 4:35.95.

Harvard took the top three spots in three events. Kyle McIntee led the way in the 1000 free with a 9:22.26 ahead of two teammates, while Kenneth Castro-Abrams was the top finisher in the 200 fly with a 1:48.11. Jack Manchester led the other Harvard sweep with a 1:48.54 in the 200 backstroke.

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Author: Jeff Commings

Jeff Commings is the Senior Writer for SwimmingWorld.com and Swimming World Magazine. He graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a degree in journalism and was a nine-time NCAA All-American.

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