January 5, 2010

Brown Drops Heartbreaker to Quakers 143-137

Penn barely held off a final event comeback bid by the Bears on Tuesday afternoon, as the Quakers held on for a 143-137 victory that came down to the final two events.  The teams competed in North Miami, Florida, where they were training during the holiday break.  Senior Tucker Wetmore (Weston, MA) led the way for Brown, winning three individual events and a relay in nearly leading the Bears to the upset.

The Bears started off the day in impressive fashion, winning the 200 medley relay in 1:34.98, edging Penn by .13 seconds to grab the early momentum.  Ryan Kikuchi, Conor Carlucci, John Pinto, and Timothy Juhn combined to pick up the win.  Wetmore then followed with his first win of the day, taking an exciting victory in the 200 free with a time of 1:43.63, .20 seconds ahead of second place.

Bruno continued pushing the Quakers in the next events, as Pinto took a close second in the 100 back, followed by Carlucci and freshman Mike McVicker taking second and third respectively in the 100 breast.  In the 50 free, Wetmore again took first, leading a 1-2 charge with a time of 21.38.  Juhn was close behind in 21.63, edging Penn's Brett Gomes for second.

On the boards, senior C.J. Kambe turned in an impressive effort in the one-meter dive, posting a score of 308.77 to win by 13 points.  Rookie Jon Feldman took third with a 259.72.

Wetmore then followed with his third individual gold of the day, swimming the 100 free in a time of 47.11 seconds.  Juhn was again close behind, placing third with a time of 48.56.  In the 200 back, Brown had a number of solid performances, taking three of the top four spots.  Kikuchi led the way for the Bears, winning the event with a time of 1:57.29.  Freshmen Ian Slater and Taylor Williams took third and fourth respectively, crossing the line in 1:57.56 and 2:00.46.

With just three events remaining in the meet, Brown began making a quick comeback, as Carlucci and Pinto went 1-2 in the 100 fly, posting times of 51.46 and 51.68 seconds respectively.  Kikuchi then finished a close second in the 200 IM before the team of Juhn, Pinto, Wetmore, and James Hunter wrapped up the day with a convincing win in the 400 free relay.  Penn's second place in the event was enough to give the Quakers a six point win however, as the final margin was 143-137.

The Bears will be back in action on January 16, when they take on Boston University at 1:30 p.m.