West Chester wins five events, but still falls to Division I Penn in duals
PHILADELPHIA -- Victor Polyakov won three events and visiting West Chester claimed first place in five races, but host Penn was too much for the Golden Rams in a non-league dual meet 182-113 inside Sheer Pool on Friday night.
Polyakov won the 200-yard individual medley, the 200 freestyle and the 100 free to pace the Rams' effort. Jared Haley won the 500 free and then helped the 200 free relay to a win for West Chester as well.
Polyakov touched the wall in 1 minute, 53.81 seconds, leading the Golden Rams to a sweep of the top three positions in that event. Mike Oliver was second in 2:00.14 while Conor Forlini was third in 2:03.17. Polyakov's time of 46.02 in the 100 free bested a trio from UPenn. Ryan Stahley (48.26) picked up a point for WCU by finishing fifth. Polyakov also posted a 1:39.5 in the 200 free to top three Penn swimmers as well.
Haley came out on top in the 500 free, touching out in 4:39.91. Teammate Bradley Strathmeyer was right behind Haley with a time of 4:41.51 as the visitors took the top two spots. Haley also played a role in the 200 free relay team that concluded the meet with a victory. He teamed with Alex Corbett, Stahley and Dan Sokman to post a winning time of 1:27.34.
Haley and Strathmeyer also finished second and third, respectively, in the 1000 free. Haley touched in 9:39.89 while Strathmeyer registered a 9:42.19. Oliver was a runner up in the 200 breaststroke with a time of 2:08.19. Strathmeyer was third in the 200 butterfly (1:57.85) while Bogdan Grebenyuk was third in the 100 breaststroke (58.67) to represent some other top performances in the pool.
On the diving board, Christian Parker placed second off the 3-meter board with a score of 283.80. Tim Cengia was fourth with a 261.90 and Zach Burns was fifth with a 231.68. Parker was also runner-up in the 1-meter competition with a score of 262.27. Cengia was fourth once again (245.78) while Burns was fifth (230.55).