CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – A new meet, pool, and varsity record was set in the 1650 free on the closing night of the Ivy League Men’s Swimming and Diving Championships at Harvard’s Blodgett Pool by the University of Pennsylvania’s Chris Swanson. The first place finish on Saturday night gave the Quakers 32 points and helped the Red and Blue secure a third place finish with 1,050 points. The Crimson came out on top with 1,495 points and Princeton placed second with 1,413 points.
In 1981, Brian Goodell of UCLA set the Blodgett Pool record in the 1650 free with a time of 14:54.07. Swanson broke that record and in the process, smashed the meet record of 14:58.35 set by Harvard’s John Cole in 2005 and the Penn varsity record he set last year – 15:02.11 -- with his time of 14:53.75. Swanson’s time also made the NCAA B Cut -- 15:30.39. With the title in the 1650, Swanson not only added 32 team points but points to his individual total of 92, which earned him the Phil Moriarty Award for High-Point Swimmer.
Joining Swanson in the 1650 was freshman Wes Thomas, who also made the NCAA B Cut with his ninth-place finish and time of 15:27.00. Sophomore Eric Vanden Noort finished 13th with a time of 15:35.93, while Bradley Wachenfeld took 17th at 15:39.54.
During preliminaries, freshman Grant Proctor put up another new varsity record in the 200 back with a time of 1:47.77. Proctor’s time broke the record set by Larkin Macdonald in 2009 – 1:47.81. In the B Finals, Proctor swam the event in 1:49.18 and earned Penn 11 points; in the C Final, fellow freshman Phillip Hu contributed three more team points with his time of 1:51.04.
Eric Schultz competed for the title in the 100 free but came up 19 hundredths of a second short to the Crimson’s Chris Satterthwaite, to take second after touching the wall at 43.30. Schultz’s time made the NCAA B Cut (44.29) and also broke the varsity record set by Dillon McHugh last year (44.70). Alex Porter joined Schultz in the A Final and placed seventh with a time of 44.48.
Three Quakers competed in the A Final of the 200 breast, while two raced in the B Final and one in the C Final. Freshman Cole Hurwitz took fourth place and made the NCAA B Cut (1:59.79) after he touched the wall at 1:57.86. Bobby Francis placed sixth and also made the B Cut, with his time of 1:59.00. Kyle Yu took eighth at 2:01.89. Brendan Crystal and Chris Lyons swam in the B Final and finished in 13th and 16th, respectively. Crystal touched the wall at 2:01.58 and Lyons came in at 2:03.50. Michael Wen represented the Red and Blue in the C Final and swam the event in 2:04.26.
The 200 fly saw only one member of Penn compete and that was Samuel Haley, who came up with a time of 1:49.61 in the C Final.
Saturday’s competition concluded with the 400 free relay, where Harvard put the icing on the cake as they took first with a time of 2:53.64. The Quakers – Poter, Schultz, McHugh, and Rhoads Worster – touched the wall second and broke the varsity record that was set last year (2:598.48) with their time of 2:54.76. The Red and Blue also made the NCAA B Cut time of 2:55.14.