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Penn track makes history throughout three days of competition in the 125th Penn Relays

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Even after 125 years, the Quakers proved they still had something to add to the storied legacy of the Penn Relays.

After a thrilling weekend of competition with over 15,000 participants from almost every level of track competition and countries all over the world, Penn track came away with one of its most successful performances in Relays history.

The Quakers did not waste any time making their presence known. In the College Women’s Championship of America Distance Medley Relay, the first of many Championship of America events, the Red and Blue came out on top.

The Quakers got a fast start from junior and 2019 NCAA Indoor runner-up Nia Akins in the the 1200-meter leg of the relay, separating herself from the pack on her third and final lap and giving Penn an early five second advantage.

Akins passed the baton to sophomore Uchechi Nwogwugwu, who proceeded to break her own Penn record in the 400 with a time of 52.22 seconds.

“I think every year I come to Penn Relays and something special happens to me,” Nwogwugwu said. “I run my season best every time I run here.”

While the other teams were able to close the gap a little on sophomore Melissa Tanaka and junior Maddie Villalba, the Quakers’ early advantage was simply too much for the other 14 teams in the field to overcome, as Villalba came down the final stretch well ahead of the rest of the teams.

“I was yelling ‘stay in the moment’ because it is hard when you are by yourself and the crowd is going crazy with the announcer yelling, ‘no Ivy team has ever done this before!'” coach Steve Dolan said.

“I needed [the stay in the moment call]. It was very grounding to come around every lap and know that I was going to get what I needed from coach,” Villalba said.

The Quakers would finish over three seconds ahead of second place Notre Dame in a performance that made them the first Ivy League women’s team to win a Championship of America relay.

The relay win was just the beginning for the Quakers on Thursday. Sophomore Camille Dickson won move to Wycombe Wanderers in League One.When Aarons found out that he was not a part of the 25-man Magpies squad for the Premier League, he knew that a loan move was his only option.It is when he decided that he would take on any opportunity that gavthe long jump college event, senior Rachel Lee Wilson placed sixth in the championship section of the hammer throw, and junior Maura Kimmel placed ninth in the shot put championship.

The excitement was not dampened by the rain on Friday, as sophomore Ashley Anumba placed second in the discus Championship of America and sophomore Cristian Constantin became the second Quaker of the weekend to win the long jump college event.

The Red and Blue came back on Saturday with plenty of chances to add wins to their already historic performance. After clearing 1.82 meters, senior Anna Peyton Malizia took home Penn’s second Championship of America win of the tournament.

The Quakers also took to the track for three different Championship of America relays. Despite Akins’ record-setting split of 2:02.33, the women placed fifth in the 4×800, while the men’s team finished sixth in the same event.

Facing a difficult battle in the women’s 4×400, the team of freshman Skyla Wilson, junior Cecil Ene, junior Elena Brown-Soler and Nwogwugwu broke the school record with a time of 3:35.43, finishing second to South Carolina.

“We were running against the national champs, so we knew we would have to chase,” Brown-Soler said. “Our goal was to go 3:35 to break our school record and beat our regional mark, and that’s what we did.”

In the field events, Penn also found success, getting a second-place championship finish from freshman Marc Minichello in the javelin throw and an says the 18-year-old was loaned back to Elland Road after his £10million move to Spurs – but has not made a Championship appearance.And Marcelo Bielsa will have £10,000-a-week off the wage bill and a place in his squad when Clarke’s season-long d fifth-place discus championship performance from sophomore Chudi Ikpeazu.

Even for the athletes who didn’t claim victories, the Penn Relays were still an incredibly special event for all involved.

“We get to p Didier Drogba.The Nigerian has been sensational in his first season with LOSC.He told France Football: “Didier Drogba, that’s my idol. In every sense of the term. For everything. The man, of course, and also the player he was. “I grew up watching hiractice in [Franklin Field] every day, but when you come for the Relays, it’s completely different. It’s a little bit intimidating, but we just tell ourselves this is our home, this is our track,” Brown-Soler said.

In an event with so much history and hype, it is safe to say that the 125th running of the Penn Relays will be remembered for years to come.

Princeton uses strong second half to pull away from Penn women's basketball

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It wasn’t supposed to go this way.

Coming off of two Ivy League victories, Penn women’s basketball hoped to secure another victory at the Palestra, this time against a Princeton team that the Red and Blue defeated . The Orange and Black, however, had other plans. Junior Bella Alarie, who put up 21 points in the last meeting between the schools, exploded for 33 points and 10 rebounds to help the visiting Tigers roll to a 68-53 win.

Despite a disappointing first quarter performance on the offensive end of the floor, Penn (18-5, 8-2 Ivy) was able to rely on characteristically solid defense to go into the first break trailing Princeton by just three points, 15-12.

When they were able to get shots off — the Quakers turned the ball over three times in the first period and struggled with shot clock awareness — they managed to hit at a 43 percent clip while holding their opponents to just 33 percent on 5-for-15 shooting.

Nevertheless, Princeton (16-9, 8-2) forced the Red and Blue into multiple tough, low-percentage shots. Senior forward Princess Aghayere’s early foul trouble made it difficult for Penn to establish an inside presence, and Alarie used all of her 6-foot-4 frame to cause problems in the paint for Penn’s Eleah Parker.

“[Alarie]’s too good,” coach Mike McLaughlin said. “You have to try to make her work and play in a crowd a little bit more. We didn’t do that enough and in the second half we gave up way too many breakdown lobs to her.”

After Alarie blocked Parker under the basket, the sophomore center responded minutes later on the other end of the court to start a back-and-forth battle that would continue for the rest of the half.

The second quarter saw the Tigers quickly extend their lead to eight, forcing Penn to take a timeout with 6:18 remaining in the half. Ever-determined, the Quakers clawed back, forcing four turnovers in the process, to cut the lead to 24-23 after junior guard Phoebe Sterba hit her first three-pointer of the game

For the rest of the quarter, both teams found ways to make shots; as the buzzer expired to end the first half, Parker missed a short floater and Penn went into the half trailing 33-31.

The second half did not start according to plan for the Red and Blue. Alarie score says te full-back’s proposed £11million move from Albion to Palace on January deadline day was called off after medical examinations revealed a torn meniscus.Ferguson had an operation to repair the knee this week and will be further assessed at thed the Tigers’ first eight points of the third quarter before Penn could get on the board. Another Princeton run extended the lead to 43-31 and McLaughlin called a timeout to allow his team to reset.

“They came at us in the second half, and I don’t know if we responded as well as we’re going to need to down the road,” McLaughlin said.

The Quakers went cold — they went just 6-for-21 from the field in the third quarter — but eight offensive rebounds in the quarter alone led to 10 second-chance points. Seniors Ashley Russell and Princess Aghayere contributed seven points apiece to trim the deficit 50-46 as the teams went into the last period of play.

For the fourth time on the evening, the Red and Blue started a quarter slowly. They opened with two consecutive shot clock violations while giving up two straight buckets to the visiting Tigers.

The Princeton lead grew to 10 points when Alarie again converted inside, forcing Penn into a timeout with 6:05 remaining on the clock.

The Quakers tried everything to stop Alarie in the second half; they rotated Parker and Aghayere in addition to giving minutes to sophomore forward Tori Crawford and junior center Emily Anderson against Princeton’s star. When other Tigers stepped up — sophomore guard Carlie Littlefield converted a four-point play to take an 11-point lead with 5:32 left to play — the game’s result was all but determined.

“To beat a quality opponent, you have to be reallDembele.Manchester United and PSG have been linked with Dembele this week.But Cardoner told Catalunya Ràdio: “Dembélé is a different player, surprising, when we face him, you never know where he will go. He brings a very important element to the ty good in all areas,” McLaughlin said. “I don’t think that was the case tonight.”

Next up for the Red and Blue is a Friday evening home matchup with Harvard (14-9, 7-3), where Penn will look to rebound against a team to whom it on Feb. 16.

Parker had a double-double last time out against the Crimson, but she knows that there’s much to improve before the Red and Blue return to the Palestra.

“We played a tough one against Harvard last time, to get carried with his superb season so far.The Uruguayan midfielder has risen to prominence with Los Blancos of late, but he’s a quiet personality off the pitch.”I’m shy, I always try to respect people’s space, but I try to enjoy myself to the fulso we’re going to focus on our shooting and ways to score on offense,” Parker said. “We struggled from the perimeter, so we should pick that up, and definitely defense. That’s what we’re going to take away from this game for sure.”

The Quakers also play Saturday against Dartmouth (12-11, 5-5). They already hold a over the Big Green this season and will look to revisit that success.

Comeback effort falls short as Penn men's basketball loses to Temple, 60-51

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It was physical. It was defensive. It was .

Unfortunately, the Quakers will have to wait another year to snap their losing streak to Temple.

In a nearly sold-out Palestra, the Red and Blue were locked into a hard-fought matchup the whole game against the Owls, but ultimately fell 60-51.

The cold shooting was unfortunately the story of Penn’s (12Stuttgart ace Orel Mangala is interesting Arsenal.HLN says the Gunners are weighing up making an offer for the talented 21-year-old.Lyon, Marseille, Lille and Roma are also interested in the central midfielder, who has nine caps for the Belgium Under-21 international squad.It’s claimed Unai Emery’s side will need to cough up £26million to secure his signature.-6, 0-3 Big 5) night; they shot 28 percent on 17 of 60 shooting.

During the first five minutes, coach Steve Donahue did something unexpected: He went deep on his bench and reached for two unlikely faces. Raith Manchester United.The Manchester Evening News says United are taking Polish prospects Radoslaw Sewerys and Mateusz Lipp on trial, their clubs have confirmed.Sewerys, 16, is currently contracted to Korona Kielce who play in the Ekstraklasa – the tther than going to guards Jackson Donahue and Devon Goodman as a second unit, junior Jake Silpe and sophomore Jakub Mijakowski checked into the ball game.

Silpe came into the game having played in only seven games this season and playing a total of 35 minutes in those games. Mijakowski, similarly, had only appeared in three games up until today and had logged a grand total of 28 minutes.

“Anyone who plays well in practice and does what he’s done, deserves a chance,” Donahue said about Silpe. “I think he can make us a better team.”

Both players played meaningful roles in the first half, playing nine and six minutes, respectively.

Once the starters checked back into the game halfway through the first half, the Red and Blue began to chip away at the three-point Temple (10-9, 2-2) lead.

By halftime, a three from sophomore Ryan Betley and contributions from guards Antonio Woods and Caleb Wood helped the Quakers take a 25-24 lead.

The second half did not start they way the Red and Blue would have hoped.

Temple stormed out on a 14-1 run to begin the half to hold a substantial 12-point lead. The run was sparked by tremendous shooting from senior Obi Enechionyia. He drained two shots from downtown and added a jumper in the lane, showcasing the ability that makes him an NBA prospect.

But once again, as they did in the first half, the Quakers began chipping at the Temple lead.

After a pair of free throws from Foreman to cut the lead to three at the 7:50 mark, the Palestra started to get loud. The noise increased on the next possession, when Betley cut the lead to one off an assist from .

At this point, all of the momentum favored the Quakers. It felt like the scales had tipped in their favor and that their losing streak to Temple would finally be snapped.

But as quickly as that momentum came, it was gone the next possession as Owl’s junior Shizz Alston Jr. hit a mer in January – confident their transfer ban will be lifted.The Sun says Frank Lampard has made a back-up striker to Tammy Abraham his top target, with Bournemouth star Callum Wilson and RB Leipzig hitman Timo Werner both on the club’s radar.FIFA banassive three to tie the game at 51 with a little less than four minutes to play.

It was the beginning of the end for the Red and Blue as they saw Temple go on a 12-0 run over the final 3:45 to seal the game.

Penn failed to score over 60 points for the first game all season. They ended up shooting 28.3 percent in the game on 17 of 60 from the floor. The had trouble finishing around the rim all game and it ended up costing them in the end.

“Unfortunately, we didn’t play well on offense, we just didn’t get enough to go in the basket,” said Donahue.

In addition to their offensive struggles, Penn has not been accustomed to playing tight, low scoring defensive games this season.

Temple’s length (they come in as the seventh tallest team in the country), and style of play were factors in Penn’s lack of offensive efficiency.

“It is hard to get [Temple] out of position,” Donahue explained, “[we] started rushing our shots and that played a factor.”

A persistent trend throughout the game was Donahue’s willingness to go to his bench as 12 different Quakers saw the court and nine played significant minutes.

The Red and Blue will go for their last chance at a Big 5 victory this season next weekend against Saint Joseph’s.

Penn sprint football's Mike McCurdy wins second league MVP

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It just keeps getting better.

Just a few weeks removed from Penn sprint football’s first outright Collegiate Sprint Football League title since 2000, senior quarterback Mike McCurdy was named league MVP for the second straight season.

This is the first outright award for McCurdy, who split it following his junior season in 2015. The Bethesda, Md., is just the second Penn player to win the award twice, joining Tim Ortman from the 1998-99 seasons.

Nineteen members of the Red and Blue, including McCurdy, earned a total of 20 All-CSFL honors, with eight being first teamers. This marks the most first team awardees for the Quakers since the 2008 season and is tied for second-most behind the Red and Blue’s 10 selections in 2000.

McCurdy capped off a historic career with his best season. His 1,740 passing yards are a Penn single-season record and put him over the top for the school’s best career yardage mark with 5,892. He led the Quakers to just their second outright CSFL title and second undefeated season ever.

Joining McCurdy on the first team were Jake Klausclubs Manchester United and Inter Milan are favourites for this season’s Europa League.Inter have dropped into the competition after their Champions League group failure.Vidic told TMW: “They are very imporCrewe Alexandra.Ten years before he was forced into hanging up his boots, the forward was being linked with moves to Manchester United and Liverpool after bursting on to the scene with Crewe.And he admits, even today, he still reflects on that part otant clubs for the competition, they certain, Marcus Jones, Aidan Kelly, Benji Friedman, Pat Boyle, Chris Colavita, and Matt Caltabiano. Of the first team honorees, just Colavita and Boyle will join McCurdy in graduating this fall.

Back to lead the Quakers in the 2017 title defense will be Penn coach Bill Wagner, who has announced his return for a 48th year on the sidelines for the Red and Blue. n Wednesday’s win over Lincoln City.The Toffees scored twice in the last ten minutes to win 4-2 and secure their place in the Carabao Cup third-round.“Our team showed one important thing in my opinion – apart from the attitude, commitment and des

Fourth-place finish in DC reflects strong early start for Penn gymnastics

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While most winter sports begin missing captain Steve Cook over the Christmas period with a fractured wrist.The centre-half fractured his wrist after blocking a cross against Tottenham last Saturday.And having yesterday consulted a specialist, the Hastings-born star will be requirthe season well before the frost hits, one squad began their season with the cold front that just moved in this past weekend.

This weekend, Penn gymnastics made its season debut at the Lindsey Ferris Invitational in the nation’s capital. Hosted by George Washington, the competition featured five competitive teams and signaled the start to a new year and a new season.

“I think we did pretty good,” coach John Ceralde said. “We went 190.625, so not a bad outing at all.”

The Quakers’ team score landed them fourth of the five teams — a strong showing for the Red and Blue’s first competition, especially with a few shakes early on.

By crossing the 190-point mark, Penn showed a strong first performance and reason to think that the team will be even better than it has been in the past few years.

Penn began the meet on beam, where the top scores produced a team total of 46.725, the lowest of the four event scores for the Quakers on the day. Despite a strong finish to the event, the first few routines on beam were not without some “first meet jitters.”

“We had a slow start on beam but we picked up at the end,” Ceralde said. “Simple mistakes like falls, but they finished strong on the event.”

The Red and Blue continued strongly not only on the other events, but also by the end of the first rotation on the balance beam.

After beam, the squad traveled to floor where they scored the highest event score of 48.500.

“Our best event was floor, we were pretty strong there,” Ceralde said. “We were consistent on floor, just small things we need to take care of for our next meet, but they did pretty good just being consistent.”

This was reflected in the performance of sophomore Kyra Levi, who tied for seventh on floor with two tenths of deductions, a 9.800 score.

The Quakers kept their momentum moving as they finished out the meet on vault and then beam, scoring 48.125 and 47.275, respectively. Headlining the scores on vault were senior Morgan Venuti and sophomore Ally Podsednik, as they tied for 10th with scores of 9.675.

“Freshman Morgan Hunker stepped up on vault,” Ceralde said. “She scored 9.600 in her first collegiate competition performing a Yurchenko layout.”

Roma are due a windfall from Liverpool after their Champions League final triumph.Liverpool will have to pay a little more to Roma now they have won the Champions League for a sixth time.Mohamed Salah and Alisson starred on Saturday night as the RedIn addition, Levi and senior Elyse Shenberger also tied at ninth place on bars with scores of 9.725.

While the Quakers finished fourth, the home team took the crown scoring 195.425. Cornell and Temple, two foes well known to the Red and Blue, also beat Penn this weekend, scoring 194.025 and 191.375 each.

Rounding out the Invitational wasgoalscorer Todd Cantwell was delighted with victory at Everton.Cantwell, who opened the scoring on Merseyside, knew just how important not conceding was to City in their quest for a first win since mid-September.“It’s a fantastic result. We came in North Carolina, unable to surpass the Quakers with their score of 188.925. Despite the placement of the Red and Blue, it was a strong start.

“The idea is to build upon what we established here,” Ceralde said.

“We just need to work on being consistent, that’s it.”

McGinnis | Plenty to learn from Tennessee trip

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – Well, what did you really expect? Penn women’s basketball got clobbered by a top-5 program in the nation in the form of No. e staged today at empty stadiums due to coronavirus concerns.“I agree with you 100%,” wrote the Brescia striker on social media. “Money isn’t worth our health, we have to wake up. Don’t write rubbish to me like: But you are protected! What differ4 Tennessee.

Normally, a 45-point blowout is cause for major concern.

But this isn’t most matchups, and as coach Mike McLaughlin and the rest of the team knew going in, this would have to be a game to build off of. While the box score may not show it, this is certainly a Penn team that had aspects of the game that go its way.

We knew before the start of the season that the biggest challenge for the team would be their guard play, and both freshmen – Anna Ross and Beth Brzozowski – got big minutnt Freddie Ljungberg in the stands.Ljungberg was not sat next to Arteta on the touchline for their clash against Chelsea, which is common protocol.Many fans were confused regarding the Swede’s role during the game, but Arteta clarified the circumstanes from beginning to end.

Ross got the start and showed promise early on, particularly on the glass, grabbing a team-high seven rebounds. Brzozowski dominated the offensive side of the ball late in the game and ended with a team-high 11 points and four assists.

The freshman guards struggled to keep the pace under control, a momentous challenge against an athletic team, but that too will come with experience.

It’s unsure who will eventually take over the starting job – McLaughlin was uncertain as to his opening day starter as late as Wednesday afternoon – but both appear to be capable of leading the team against Ivy League competition.

While those two freshmen certainly shone, Penn’s biggest freshman recruit – forward Michelle Nwokedi – appeared raw and overmatched against the Lady Vols.

Given the results for the Quakers in their last two contests against NCAA opponents, it’s clear that against top opponents Penn’s bigs will end up in foul trouble. As another promising forward, Nwokedi was presumed to be part of the solution – a shot-blocking inside presence off the bench – instead she struggled in her eight minutes of play.

Yet the beauty of Penn’s depth this season is that Nwokedi has plenty of time to develop; she can steadily ease herself into a larger role. She’ll be a player to watch later in the season, particularly if the Quakers go to some bigger lineups against Ivy foes.

In their first collegiate appearances, the freshmen class put together some flashes of brilliance and have a lot of potential for growth as the season progresses.

Turnovers and defensive rebounding were killer for the Quakers and the Lady Vols’ full-court pressure got to them at times. It’s impossible to expect anything different starting inexperienced guards against an SEC powerhouse on the road.

The rebounding in particular might jump out as a concern given the team’s success in that regard last season with the frontcourt duo of Kara Bonenberger and Sydney Stipanovich. Not every team is going to boast the height and athleticism of the Lady Vols; you won’t find athletes like these anywhere in the Ivy League.

While the team struggled on the glass, Stipanovich showed once again that she’s one ofed support from captain Lionel Messi over his insistence that Arturo Vidal not be sold.The Chile midfielder is a top target for Inter Milan, with several Barca directors favouring his sale this month. However, Gazzetta dello Sport says Messi has made the top shot-blockers in the nation with six blocks (all in the first half). As a freshman, the center finished with 3.4 blocks per game, good for eighth in the nation, and Tennessee was made immediately aware of her presence.

While the team gave up 97 points, a large number came off of second chances, turnovers and fast breaks – mostly caused by the disparity in length and athleticism. The half-court defense (rebounding aside) wasn’t the primary problem, which is very encouraging.

It’s a constant theme within Penn Athletics in every sport and every season: a tough nonconference schedule begets future success in the Ivy schedule. Tennessee is this season’s toughest test for the Red and Blue.

While the Quakers certainly didn’t play a perfect game on Friday, McLaughlin and his staff should have plenty of positives to take away from their trip to Tennessee.

Penn basketball searches for change of scenery on road

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Heading into Sean Longstaff cannotenal and Manchester United have made offers for PSG striker Edinson Cavani.The Uruguayan striker is out of contract at the end of the summer and already plotting his next move.El Chiringuito says Premier League pair United and Arsenal, as well as Int wait for the new season to arrive.The youngster finally made his way into the senior team for the Magpies last season, and impressed enough to result in reports of a move to Manchester United.However, Longstaff is focusing on Na four-game road streak against a slew of Ivy foes, Penn men’s basketball — owner of the longest active losing streak in the Ivy League — is hoping a change of scenery will improve its fortunes.

While a loss to Yale last weekend was not unexpected, a 75-48 point loss is always hard to chew, and a defeat at the hands of cellar-dwelling Brown the next day did not ease the Quakers’ pain.

Since its thrilling victory over Cornell on Feb. 6, the Red and Blue (7-14, 2-5 Ivy) has gone flat from the field, failing to shoot above 35.6 percent from the floor in any of their last three matchups.

With Harvard on the horizon, the obstacles aren’t getting any smaller for a Penn squad that is sinking into the depths of the league standings.

But the Quakers are staying tough and digging deep to keep a positive outlook on the future.

“It’s funny, I was asked this question by a group of eight-year-old girls,” senior forward Greg Louis responded to the question of how the team is pushing through with Penn out of the league title conversation. “And I’m like, ‘What do you mean it’s out of reach?’” Louis joked before telling the girls that “when I play I play for my teammates.”

Louis has had time to reflect over his four years, and he spoke with maturity as he gets ready to play out the end of his final season.

“Being a senior now, perspective is a little bit different. The dream of playing ball as a career, you realize that that’s not for everyone,” he said before going back to discussing the relationship he has with the current group of Quakers.

“It’s just beautiful. It’s nice to have people to come to when things aren’t going well in life. These are my brothers, and we’ll be friends for life hopefully.”

Louis is able to fondly speak about this season because the atmosphere has been incredibly positive despite the ups and downs.

“This year, this entire team has been really really focused,” he aeager to return to Premier League management.Hughton was sacked by the Seagulls at the end of last season.“I do want to get back in at the highest level that I can,” he told the Mirror, “but I’m using my time out well and very much making the mosdded. “Last year was rough, but from day one we’ve had a lot of great energy from the freshmen and focus from the coaches and guys just bought in.”

If the Quakers are to pull out a win Friday night in Cambridge, it will surely be on the heels of freshman production and Louis’s aggression on the boars. Coach Jerome Allen stressed the need to dominate Harvard down low as an integral part of Penn’s game plan.

“Having five guys locked in to every segment,” Allen said of the keys to the game. “Rebound the ball. Keep them out of the paint. Keep them off the offensive glass and kinda manage their transition looks.”

Allen also noted that he won’t be changing much for Friday’s matchup despite Harvard’s staunch backcourt.

“Our game plan will pretty much be the system, not only what it was the first time we played them, but what it’s been about throughout all year,” he said.

It should be noted that the first time the two faced off this season, Penn was dealt a crushing 65-38 defeat. The loss surely exposed holes in Allen’s game plan, and the Red and Blue will need to change something if they hope to avoid replicating January’s home loss to the Crimson (17-5, 7-1).

If the Quakers can make it past Harvard with their heads held high, there is a reward waiting in Hanover, N.H., on Saturday in the form of a rematch with lowly Dartmouth (9-13, 2-6).

Allen, however, is solely focused on Harvard, and rightly so.

“We haven’t really talked about Saturday night,” Allen said. “Our sole focus has been on the next challenge ahead with the appreciation that from a coaching standpoint that you have to prepare these guys for 80 minutes.”

Harvard is not the juggernaut it was last year when it won a game in the NCAA tournament, but with that being said, Penn will have to be firing on all cylinders to take down the Ivy League giant Friday night.

Penn football takes down Cornell in Bagnoli's final game

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It wasn’t the cleanest game from either side, but coach Al Bagnoli is heading out with a win.

Four failed extra point attempts. Nine fumbles. Questionable calls from the referees.

In the end though, Penn would prevail over Cornell , 34-26, behind a career day for senior receiver Spencer Kulcsar in his final collegiate game. The converted running back notcheDavide Zappacosta signed a new one-year contract with Chelsea before joining Roma on loan, the club have confirmed. The Italian fullback has returned to his homeland until the end of January.Chelsea confirmed they had penned Zappacosta to a 12-month extension before allowing him to leave. The 27-year-old is now under contract with the Blues until June 2022.d 11 receptions for 187 yards and three touchdowns to lead the Quakers.

“If you had told me before this game that I was going to get three touchdowns, I would have called you a liar,” Kucsar said of his own performance.

“It was really great to go out on a high note both personally and as a team, send [Bagnoli] off on the right note.”

The teams played close for most of the first half, trading touchdowns and turnovers.

The Big Red (1-9, 1-6 Ivy) opened up the scoring on their first drive, taking the ball 67 yards down the field in just six plays. Sophomore quarterback Robert Somborn capped off the drive with a 32-yard pass to fellow sophomore receiver Collin Shaw.

The Quakers (2-8, 2-6) started out slow on offense, but responded following a strong defensive drive to force a three-and-out. Taking the ball on Cornell’s 23-yard line, sophomore quarterback Alek Torgersen drove Penn to the end zone to take the lead.

On the Big Red’s next drive, Penn forced a fumble, but due to the referees’ questioning the original fumble call, Kevin Ijoma’s return (for a touchdown) was nullified. Torgersen proceeded to throw an interception on the next play.

“We left so many points on the field — I’m sure they feel the same way too — we’ve been doing that for two or three games,” Bagnoli said of all the fumbles in the game.

“It’s one of those [games] where just the consistency factor was just not something we’ve been good at and today was pretty reflective of it.”

The rest of the half saw the two teams trade touchdowns and fumble the bes Under-21 international Regan Poole after the defender was released by Manchester United.The 20-year-old made one senior appearance during his time at Old Trafford, which came as a substitute in a Europa League tie in February 2016.Defender Poole ball five times with only one fumble changing hands.

The second half saw Penn’s defense take over. The Quakers held the Big Red offense to just 29 total yards over its next three drives and held Cornell off on fourth and goal in another.

Torgersen found Kulcsar deep midway through the third quarter for the pair’s third touchdown connection of the day — a 78-yard burner. A fourth quarter drive from the Red and Blue resulted in sophomore Brian Schoenauer’s first career touchdown, as Penn solidified a 34-18 lead.

Despite a late touchdown and two-point conversion from Cornell, the Quakers would hold on for the win.

“It validates all the hard work,” Bagnoli said. “We’ve been getting a lot better the past three or four weeks, but we don’t have a ‘W’ to show for it.”

The team celebrated the win, and Bagnoli’s final game, with a Gatorade bath for the outgoing coach.

“We had been talking about it all week. Coach Bagnoli’s had a great career, you can go on and on about coach,” senior defensive back and captain Evan Jackson said.

“It just felt right to geight Manchester City midfielder Jack Harrison.The Sun says he was one of the star players under Marcelo Bielsa, and the club are desperate to land him full-time next season.But City know his value has sky-rocketed after such a successful campaign, ant the [win] and celebrate the way we would if we had won the championship.”

It was the grand finale to a historic coaching career. Bagnoli ended his career with 234 career victories and 148 at Penn — the most for a coach in the program’s history . It may have been the last time Bagnoli took the field to coach, but his legacy will continue to live on.

“For anyone that’s ever played for him, they always have stories. He’s a phenomenal coach and a legend,” Kulcsar said.

“To be able to play under him and with him in our final year, is something I won’t forget.”

Penn women's lacrosse clinches share of Ivy title for eighth straight year

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Not one. Not two. Not three. But eight championships.

With a win on Saturday, No. 15 Penn women’s lacrosse clinched a share of its eighth consecutive Ivy League title in its final regular season contest against Cornell.

“After our loss to Princeton, we turned it on the next couple games and there was a lot of pressure and in the end we pulled through and fought,” coach Karin Brower Corbett said. “This team really battled a lot of things both on and off the field.

“I’m really proud of them. They really did something tremendous this year.”

The Quakers (10-4, 6-1 Ivy) rebounded from a slow start and held off a late surge from Cornell (7-8, 4-3) on their way to a 10-8 victory. The win also ensured Penn of the No. 2 seed in the Ivy League tournament, which will be hosted by co-Ivy League champion Princeton next weekend.

The Red and Blue opened up the game with a sluggish performance, allowing a few quick goals from the Big Red, who grabbed a 3-1 lead through the first six minutes. However, as they have all season, the Quakers responded.

“The thing that’s been working for us, why we’ve had some good halves or parts of games, is when our attack is really moving at a fast pace and creating a lot of havoc,” Corbett said. “It was a complete team effort.

“There were a number of people who finished well this weekend, but I think it has a lot to do with … the speed at which wekeeper Joel Periera has explained his reasons for going out on loan to Hearts.The Portuguese under-21 international will spend the coming season at Tynecastle.The youngster is hoping that he can gain first team experience and prove his value to the U play.”

After a seven-goal run, Penn found itself ahead 8-3 and maneuvered into halftime with a four-goal lead following a late Cornell score. The Quakers continued their hot play during the first few minutes of the second half and claimed a 10-4 lead.

And though Cornell scored four goals late in the second half, the Big Red were unable to overcome the insurmountable lead despite their best efforts.

“I feel like we startemidfielder James Maddison.The Guardian says Manchester United will face competition from Arsenal to sign Maddison.United have made the 24-year-old their priority target although the Foxes are unwilling to sell.Gunners boss Mikel Arteta wants to lure d off a little bit slow, made some mistakes off the bat, got into a groove on attack,” Corbett said. “And then after the goals in the second half, we talked about looking for good opportunities, and unfortunately we didn’t do that. The second half wasn’t a great defensive game for us either.”

The win clinched a share of the eighth consecutive Ivy League championship for the program, breakLampard was speaking about the disappointing 2-1 loss to Liverpool.He believes the team are making progress on all fronts and thinks that fans can see that progression with their eyes.”Chelsea fans are smart in terms of football,” Lampard said to theing Harvard’s previous record for consecutive Ivy League women’s lacrosse titles, which included seven titles from 1987-93. The title also matches Penn’s school record for consecutive Ivy League championships with the men’s fencing squad that captured eight championships from 1975-76 to 1982-83.

“This team really set out from the beginning to make history,” Corbett said. “It was our goal to win an eighth consecutive championship that no other team had ever done in lacrosse.”

Senior midfield Tory Bensen continued her recent hot streak, notching four goals and an assist in the game. Meanwhile, freshman attack Sarah Barcia scored her second hat trick of the season, all three of which came during the Quakers’ late first-half streak.

Moving into the Ivy League tournament, the team has its sights set on the more distant future, securing an NCAA tournament berth.

“There isn’t really a pressure to repeat, that’s how we’ve played all season,” Corbett said. “This is just ‘We want to play in the NCAAs’, we’ve got to play well to win on Friday to have a chance at an at-large.”

Penn women's lacrosse ousted from Tourney by No. 1 Maryland

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Sunday’s rematch between Penn women’s lacrosse and No. 1 Maryland was different from the squads’ first meeting of the season in many ways. The end result, however, was not one of them.

In a game characterized by a series of runs from the Terrapins as well as staunch defense from the nation’s top-ranked team, Maryland managed to take down the Quakers for the second time in less than two months, capturing a 13-5 victory in the second round of the NCAA Tournament.

Just like its first matchup against the Terrapins on March 19, Penn found itself on the wrong end of the opening draw. Yet unlike the preid.The summer signing from Eintracht Frankfurt has battled for minutes under coach Zinedine Zidane.But he insists: “He has told me that he trusts me, that he is happy that I am here, and that I’ve done a lot to get to the Real. “I am happy, I hope tovious contest, the Red and Blue’s defense held strong in the early going, forcing several missed shots and two turnovers in the game’s first four minutes.

After withstanding Maryland’s early onslaught, the Quakers managed to strike first, taking a 1-0 lead when senior midfield Lindsey Smith found the back of the net 4:24 into the first half.

Smith’s early unassisted goal had Penn in a much better position than in the team’s first matchup with the Terrapins. Back in March, Maryland scored a mere 14 seconds into the game and Penn found itself in a 4-0 hole before it could get on the board.

Unfortunately for the Quakers, Smith’s strike was one of theester United are eyeing Norwich City fullback Max Aarons.The Mirror says United have identified Norwich’s teen-talent Aarons as a cheaper alternative to Crystal Palace starlet Aaron Wan-Bissaka.United are considering the other names on their shortlis few highlights on Sunday for the eight-time defending Ivy League champions. Maryland responded with a 4-0 run thanks to goals by sophomore midfield Taylor Cummings, junior attack Kristen Lamon, and a pair of er Raheem Sterling hit out at England fans jeering Liverpool defender Joe Gomez last night.Gomez was jeered by home fans during the 7-0 win over Montenegro. It came after Gomez was left with a scratch down his face and neck when Sterling accosted himgoals 10 seconds apart by junior attack Kelly McPartland and senior midfield Beth Glaros.

Trailing 4-1 with 11:38 remaining, the Quakers’ leading goal-scorer in 2014, senior midfield Tory Bensen, cut into the Terps lead with her 41st goal of the season. Sophomore midfield Nina Corcoran assisted on Bensen’s goal, her fifth assist in two games in this year’s NCAA Tournament.

54 seconds after Penn cut the score to 4-2, Corcoran found the back of the net with an unassisted goal of her own, bringing the Quakers within one.

It was the closest the Red and Blue would get the rest of the day.

Consecutive goals from junior attack Brooke Griffin over the next four minutes expanded Maryland’s lead to 6-3.

Bensen’s second goal of the afternoon stopped the bleeding momentarily with 3:39 remaining in the first period as the Quakers got within two goals yet again. But Glaros scored on a free position shot 55 second later, and Cummings added an unassisted goal with 33 second left before halftime to put Maryland up, 8-4, at the break.

The Terps seized control of Sunday’s game due in large part to their stifling defense. After Bensen’s goal cut Maryland’s lead to 6-4, the nation’s top-ranked squad closed out the contest by scoring seven of the game’s final eight goals.

And unlike the first half, the Red and Blue were unable to contain the Terps’ potent attack in the second period. Glaros completed the hat trick with an unassisted score just 21 seconds after halftime and Maryland was well on its way to victory.

Bensen completed the hat trick with her 43rd goal of the season with 19:50 remaining. But the Quakers went scoreless thereafter as the Terps added four goals to its total to seal the win.

Penn now enters its offseason off of a campaign in which it had the fifth-most wins in program history. Though the Quakers fell in their second game of this year’s Tournament, it marked the first time since 2010 that the Red and Blue won a game in the postseason.

Penn men's basketball's Red & Blue Scrimmage ends in laps

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It’s not every day that a basketball game ends in a tie, but when Penn men’s basketball is involved, it seems like anything is possible.

In the annual Red and Blue scrimmage, the Quakers were divided up into two teams under the direction of the assistant coaches. With head coach Jerome Allen looking on, both veteran and incoming freshmen players went toe-to-toe for 30 minutes.

After two halves, the Red and Blue teams were deadlocked at 42. Though the teams entered sudden-death overtime, neither squad could score and Allen ended the scrimmage with the contest still knotted after 10 possessions, forcing both squads to run.

“No one really stood out, it wasn’t like there was any ssa Djenepo’s solo second-half effort made it back-to-back wins on the road for Saints – something which they had not done since March 2017.“I think it was a very concentrated performance from every player. We had a different shape today again so tellar play,” Allen said. “Both teams had some very good pocan understand Arsenal’s interest in defender Tierney.“Oncawing Liverpool in the Champions League draw.The 2018 finalists are both in the round of 16, though as defending champions, Liverpool would be clear favourites should they meet again.”If we play Liverpool, we will eliminate them,” said Zidane with a e you’re a top quality player like he [Tierney] is, like what Callum [McGregor] is, what James [Forrest] is, you are always going to get bids. You are always going to get speculation and youssessions, but I can’t say that I’m really surprised or encouraged by what I saw.”

The teams were fairly even throughout the morning, as neither squad was able to register a lead larger than five points.

Sophomore guards Tony Hicks and Jamal Lewis, freshman guard Matt Howard and senior forward Fran Dougherty were among the starters for the Blue squad. The Red squad was led by juniors Henry Brooks and Patrick Lucas-Perry, senior Miles Cartwright and freshman Tony Bagtas.

“I thought we shared the ball, I thought we defended hard and to me it seemed like we were definitely physical, but we have to go back and watch the film,” Cartwright said. “We need to pick out some of things we did well and some of the things we didn’t do well and use that to get better as a team.”

Though it was clear that there is room for improvement across the board and neither team shined, there were a few positive takeaways from the scrimmage.

Bagtas thrived while leading the Red offense, and he often was able to get into the key before kicking the ball out to teammates for open shots on the wing. Despite playing with Cartwright, it was most often Bagtas running the point.

“It was exciting,” Bagtas said. “It felt really exciting to be on the court for the first time in a game situation with all the lights on in a big, historic arena. I loved it.”

In addition to Bagtas, Lucas-Perry also stood out for the Red squad, while Lewis had a nice day from beyond the arc for the Blue team.

Due to injury concerns, Allen held out sophomore center Darien Nelson-Henry, senior guards Dau Jok and Steve Rennard, junior forward Greg Louis and freshman center David Winfield.

Even without a bulk of his team in uniform, Allen cited sloppy play and lack of execution as consequences for the team’s lack of playing at game speed thus far in the preseason.

“I think that all the guys played hard and they competed,” Allen said. “They may not have executed that well or gotten the ultimate plan finished all the way, but we tried to keep it competitive throughout.

“It was okay, it was fair, but we’ve gotta keep working.”SEE ALSO

Penn field hockey walks off with season-opening win

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2012 was no fluke.

Coming off of a 9-8 campaign from a year ago, Penn field hockey showed that is has what it takes to win a thrilling 5-4 victory over Lehigh in its 2013 season opener.

Things didn’t get off to an ideal start, with the Mountain Hawks (1-3) striking first less than 10 minutes into play, but the Red and Blue (1-0), a team that was goal-starved at times in last year’s campaign, would answer back in a big way.

Freshman Elise Tilton’s career started off in an ideal fashion, scoring a goal to tie the game. Senior Julie Tahan gave the Quakers the lead and Emily Corcoran expanding the Penn advantage to two with a third straight unanswered goal.

Offensively, it was a perfect storted boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has warned his players not to rely on the FFP crisis at rivals Manchester City for Champions League qualification.Solskjaer is targeting a top-four finish after ­closing to within three points of Chelsea, ahead of Sundam. Coach Colleen Fink’s freshmen made immediate impacts, cs under mounting boardroom scrutiny after failing to improve results since replacing Arsene Wenger.The Gunners launched a disciplinary inquiry into Xhaka’s meltdown on Sunday after the furious midfielder told Emirates fans to “f*** off” as he was saptain Julie Tahan proved why she’s one of the biggest weapons in the Ivy League and all four classes accounted for at least one point.

“We need and expect everyone regardless of their year to step up and contribute.,” Fink said. “Their upside is part of what makes this season so exciting.”

But with a defensive unit that still has a few question marks, Lehigh got right back into the game, scoring goals just 62 seconds apart on a wild scramble in front of the net and a penalty stroke, leaving the game tied at three heading into halftime.

Though it seemed the Mountain Hawks carried all the momentum going into the second half, the Quakers came out swinging, attacking the net until freshman Jasmine Cole finally forced home a goal that gave the Red and Blue the lead. Penn held onto this advantage for 23 minutes, until Lehigh’s Gabby Tofig used a Penn turnover to score the equalizer with less than four minutes left in regulation.

As the clock ticked down, the game seemed destined for overtime, but an offensive corner with no time left gave the Quakers one final opportunity to come out victorious.

Holding out for a heroine, Penn found one in Elizabeth Hitti, the honorable mention All-Ivy performer from a year ago who fired in a pass from senior Sunny Stirewalt to give the Red and Blue field hockey’s version of a walk-off win.

It wasn’t perfect. With two late goals given up in the first half to allow Lehigh back into the game and then a late breakdown that saw the Mountain Hawks tie the game at four, the Quakers will need to work on finishing off halves and not giving up costly goals late.

“We had some costly turnovers out of the backfield, which was really frustrating,” Fink said. “But we will continue to dedicate time to make sure we don’t have it happen again.”

The contributions came from every class, with the stars playing like stars and role players stepping up to give the squad much needed jolts of life. The freshmen burst onto the scene in a big way, accounting for two goals, and the return of Alex Iqbal added another dimension to an already potent offense.

But the biggest thing the Quakers did was make momentum a non-factor. There were numerous occasions when Lehigh’s spirits were high, but even with their backs against the wall, the Red and Blue kept fighting bacmu Pukki went through the pain barrier on Saturday as he played the second half of his side’s draw with Leicester with a broken toe.Pukki put the Canaries ahead at King Power Stadium with a nerveless finish on 26 minutes but he suffered the injury lak, squandering any hopes of a Mountai n Hawk win with quick goals and big defensive stands.

“We respond well,” Fink said. “Our core group of girls are very competitive, and when the other team scores, we take the initiative to get the momentum back.”SEE ALSO

Penn sprint football bests alumni, 26-12

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On a beautiful Saturday afternoon, Penn sprint football fans got their first glimpse of the 2013 Quakers’ explosive offense.

And that explosive offense coupled with a hard-nosed defensive front was enough to notch Penn a 26-12 victory in the annual alumnirds have fallen dramatically since Sir Alex Ferguson’s retirement.He said, “For me, a lot of these issues come down to the attitude of the squad. The players seem to do exactly what they want, when they want. There’s no presence, no control from ab game.

The alumni game is played in two 45-minute halves, each of which opened with a couple of three-and-outs by both squads. Eventually, class of ’13 alum Whit Shaw reminded fans of his talents by making a 19-yard grab over the middle. The drive was capitalized by a 12 yard rush by class of ’11 alum Mike Bagnoli. The alumni missed the extra point, leaving the game at 6-0.

Then Penn’s offense kicked into high gear. Freshman quarterback Mike McCurdy exploded for a 25-yard run up the middle after bobbling the snap, followed by a 22-yard catch by senior Michael Bass. Penn punctuated its drive with a nine-yard sweep to the outside for a touchdown by junior running back Mike Beamish.

Immediately following the kickoff, Shaw took a beautiful pass down the seam for 70 yards, putting the score at 12-7 after a failed two-point conversion by the alumni.

The Red and Blue defense would not allow the alumni to score again, and Penn added an eight-yard Longtin touchdown from McCurdy to close out the first half.

Junior quarterback Keith Braccia showed playmaking ability by shedding two tacklers en route to a 35-yard touchdown jaunt at the outset of the second half. More importantly, the defense stepped up its efforts in the second half, as exemplified by its two picks in the period.

The game says a lot about this year’s squad. Last season, the alumni easily dispatched the Quakers, 20-0. But Saturday, the rumored potency of the offense was on full display.

Last week, junior wide receiver Nick Longtin commented thhe coming days.The Mirror says Inter will this week launch a bid for United’s £75 million want away striker Lukaku.Antonio Conte has made signing the Belgium international his number one priority and Inter are keen to make a statement by getting himat the offense hasn’t “missed a beat” in the absence of Whit Shaw. Though this was merely the alumni game, the Quakers got to show their new-look offense focused around their big-play versatility and ability to run the ball.

On the flipside, freshman defensive back Robert Diorio was a tour de force all afternoon, adding a sack and a rushing touchdown in the latter stages of the game.

Penn’s next matchup is slated for Friday at 7 p.m., at Army. Roma’s move for Liverpool defender Dejan Lovren has fallen through over a signing-on bonus.TMW says Roma and Liverpool had struck terms over a deal for Lovren, who had also settled on a contract with the Giallorosso.Yesterday, Liverpool had agreed a €3m loan fee with Roma with a permanent option worth €12m, which would be triggered by 20 appearances.Lovren also agreed a €3m-a-year contract for four seasons.However, the deal has now collapsed – for the moment – after Lovren’s demands of a €1m signing-on bonus was turned down by Roma.

Quakers sweep ’Nova, go 2-1 at Big 5 Tourney

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Everton have made a move for Watford midfielder Abdoulaye Doucoure.RMC says Watford have rejected a £32m bid from Everton foross Dean Smith says their spending spree is far from over.Smith has spent upwards of £83m so far this summer, and is reportedly interested in Manchester City midfielder Douglas Luiz. They have already signed defenders Tyrone Mings, Ezri Konsa and Ma Doucoure.The Blues wrapped up the signing of midfielder Jean Philippe-Gbamin last week from Mainz and RMC says they are keee Cherries defender has spent pre-season with the Blues and scored in their 3-2 friendly win over Billericay Town on Tuesday. Bond said: “Due to my relationship with Bournemouth and Eddie, they will help us where they can. We need a centre half or n on also adding Doucoure to the ranks at Goodison Park.Everton are said to be ‘very interested’ and are set to submit an improved offer.

McHugh adds to his legacy

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There are very few ways to better finish a collegiate career than being named an All-American.

And even fewer than earning the honor twice.

Senior Brendan McHugh capped his Quakers career in Seattle this weekend with two 14th place finishes in the 100 and 200 breaststrokes at the NCAA swimming championships, earning honorable mention All-American nods. He also placed 39th in the 200 individual medley with a personal best time of 1:47.57.

McHugh’s times in the breaststroke events, 53.03 and 1:55.82, were personal bests and school records.

“I didn’t go quite as fast as I wanted,” McHugh said, “but I’m still really happy.”

While McHugh’s finish was the best NCAA performance in program history, he could not outswim Princeton’s Jonathan Christensen, who currently holds the Ivy League breaststroke records. Christenson won the consolation final of the 100 breast and finished seventh in the 200.

McHugh said not beating Christensen “bothered me, but it wasn’t the end of the world. “I can only control what I do.”

And though McHugh did not reach his ultimate goal of winning, he was happy withker Olivier Giroud says he can understand Arsenal fans’ frustration with owner Stan Kroenke.On Monday, a group of 16 prominent supporters’ groups and bloggers signed a letter calling on Gunners owner Stan Kroenke to “reinvigorate” the club.Giroud exp his poise throughout the meet, as most first-time NCAA competitors do not swim well under the pressure of the national stage and generally struggle to make it to the top 16 for a night swim.

“To go there and duplicate your times and make it [to finals] is a lot harder than you might think it would be,” assistant coach Dan Schupsky said.

McHugh, however, swam in the finals of two events and said head coaches from Texas and Georgia both approached him to say how rare the accomplishment was.

“I was happy with myself that I didn’t choke,” he said.

Howergen Klopp admits Sadio Mane after being taken off for their 3-0 win at Burnley.In a moment during the second half, Mohamed Salah wasted an opportusenal are attempting to recoup some much-needed cash by putting three squad members up for sale.Arsenal will try and sell Mohamed Elneny, Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Carl Jenkinson.Mkhitaryan is one of the Gunners’ highest earners, while Jenkinson and Elnnity to pass to Mane when his team-mate was unmarked in front of goal.And asked if he knew why Mane wasver, missing the top eight and a chance to compete for gold in Friday night’s ‘A’ finals by .08 seconds was disappointing.

Schupsky said McHugh may have been “a little bit tense” before the swim. “That’s a little tiny tiny tiny disappointment in a fantastic list of accomplishments,” Schupsky said.

While the senior finished in the same place in both breaststroke events, he said his best night was Saturday, the final session of the meet.

“Cracking from 1:56 to 1:55 [in the 200 breast], even though it’s only two or three tenths, it still feels a lot faster, McHugh said. “I was definitely happiest about [that event].”

McHugh leaves Penn having rewritten the record books — he has six individual and four relay school records — and is excited to move on to training for Olympic Trials in June.

“This weekend gave me confidence moving forward,” he said. “A lot of confidence.”