Weekend Wrap

It was a busy weekend for the Quakers as nine teams were in action, and that doesn't even include four combined games for the men's and women's basketball squads. The Red and Blue came up big this weekend, scoring important victories in women's squash, men's tennis and both men's and women's swimming, among others. For coverage of this weekend and more, here's this week's edition of Weekend Wrap.

Women's Squash:
The weekend provided the No. 3 ranked Quakers with a variety of stern road tests that would either make or break the team's season. Coming off a 9-0 defeat to No. 1 Princeton on Wednesday, the Quakers defeated No. 9 Brown and No. 7 Stanford on Saturday. On Sunday, Penn completed a sweep of the weekend with a 7-2 victory over No. 5 Yale. It was a Super Squash Sweep for the ladies who now sit at 10-2 overall, 3-2 in the Ivy League.

Penn women's squash scores weekend hat trick

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Men’s swimming coming up big in the New Year

Let's face it, most of us have already given up on New Year resolutions.  For some, that could have come as early as 12:01 when you swore you'd give up drinking, or maybe a few weeks later when hitting the gym every day just got too hard.  In most cases resolutions are lucky to make it back to Penn intact.

One group of Penn guys, however, have in fact been making some big changes in 2011: the men's swim team.  After starting the season 0-4, including three Ivy losses to Columbia, Princeton, and Cornell, the men are 3-0 and the new year, 4-0 if you count the Kenyon Invitational Dec. 2-4, where they got first out of six teams.  The point is, these guys have managed to do a 180 degree turn in 2011, and are looking stronger than ever going into their matchup against Harvard this weekend.  Let's take a look at some of the team leaders that engineered this turnaround:

Brenden McHugh: After setting a school record in the 400 individual medley at the Kenyon Invitational, the junior won all three of his events against Yale and Dartmouth Jan 15, and also helped lead the 200 yard medley relay team to a 1st place finish.

Rhoads Worster: The freshman clinched the Quakers' sweep of Yale and Dartmouth by out-touching the competition in the final leg of the 400 free relay.  Worster also won the 200 butterfly and the 200 backstroke

Jeff Cragg: The junior diver won both the 1-meter and 3-meter events against Brown, and took both again against Dartmouth and Yale

If the team can keep up their streak of perfection, look for them to be a dominant force in the Ivy Championships this March.