PHILADELPHIA – After a stellar showing at Kenyon College’s Total Performance Invitational, the University of Pennsylvania men’s and women’s swim teams are ranked within the top 50 Division I schools in the country. With 935.8 points, the men make the list at No. 28. The women are No. 49 with 929.4 points, right behind Alabama (48) which also has 929.4 points. Penn’s current rankings are the highest in program history.
Women DI Rankings
Rankings are compiled by scoring each team’s top 27 swims in a given meet over a three-week period.
Much of the men’s team success at the Total Performance Invitational came in the relays. All five of the relays’ times are in the top 30, with four in the top 25. Each of the “A” teams broke pool and meet records at Kenyon and also set school records at Penn.
Men’s 200 free relay: 22nd (1:20.02)
Men’s 400 free relay: 25th (2:56.89)
Men’s 800 free relay: 20th (6:32.64)
Men’s 200 medley relay: 30th (1:28.58)
Men’s 400 medley relay: 21st (3:13.43)
Individually, sophomore Chris Swanson is now ranked 13th in the 1650 free after breaking the pool and meet record at Kenyon (15:06.86). Additionally, Swanson shaved 0.63 of a second off his personal best 500 free time, the previous school record, and reset it to 4:21.19. His time also broke the pool and meet record at Kenyon and put him on the national top-time list at No. 24.
On the women’s side, freshman Rochelle Dong recorded her first school record in the 50 free at the Total Performance Invitational with a time of 22.9 seconds. She then broke the pool and meet record in the 100 fly, setting a second school record at 53.74 seconds.
In addition, sophomore Lauren Church erased her school-record time (55.14) in the 100 back and established a new time at 54.76 seconds.
Penn begins its winter training and will compete again after the New Year. The Quakers will travel to New Haven, Connecticut for an Ivy tri-meet with Yale and Dartmouth on January 11.
*Note: Incarnate Word is being reclassified and will move to the Southland Conference in 2018. Its men are ranked No. 23.