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Marc Christian
Position: Assistant Coach
Alma Mater: Kenyon
Graduating Year: 2008
Experience: 3 Years

Marc E. Christian enters his third season in 2012-13 as an assistant coach for the University of Pennsylvania men's and women's swimming and diving teams.

The 2011-12 season saw Penn rack up some impressive accomplishments on both the men's and women's sides. The men went 8-4 in dual meets, their best winning percentage since the 2000-2001 season, and were also champions of the Total Performance Invitational. Brendan McHugh set numerous school records as a senior and became the first Quaker in nearly 20 years to qualify for the NCAA Division I Men's Swimming & Diving Championships. Led by Shelby Fortin, the women's team collected six dual meet victories and also claimed the Total Performance Invitational title.

The team was impressive during the 2010-11 season as both squads finished in the top five at the Ivy League Championships. The women came within six points of the program's first-ever third-place finish and had four individual champions, a school-record. On the men's side, the Red and Blue came in fifth, the team's second straight top-five performance. Three Individuals won events at the Championships, marking the most titles for the two squads in school history.  The Quakers also broke 16 school records between the two teams during the season 

Before coming to Penn, Christian served as a graduate assistant swim coach at the University of Delaware. As a member of the Blue Hens staff, he helped coach twenty-five CAA All-Conference swimmers, four CAA Champions, seven NCAA "B" provisional qualifiers. Nine team records and one CAA record were also broken during his time at Delaware

Christian enjoyed a successful four-year career at Kenyon College. He was a three-time NCAA National Qualifier and nine-time All-America honoree. Christian was also member of three NCAA Championship teams and captured five NCAA relay titles.

During his senior year, he placed eighth at the NCAA Championships in the 50-yard freestyle. Additionally, he swam on NCAA champion 200- and 400-freestyle relay teams, which helped Kenyon win its 29th consecutive NCAA team championship.

Christian was also a two-time recipient of the Joseph S. O'Daniel Memorial Coach's Award, given annually by the coach to a swimmer who best demonstrates, throughout the season, the true spirit of Kenyon swimming. In addition, Christian was named the Division III Conference winner of the NCAA Sportsmanship Award.

While in school, Christian also gained coaching experience at the Kenyon College and Carthage College Total Performance Swim Camps, and the Bates College Swim Camp.

A native of Rehoboth, Massachusetts, Christian graduated from Kenyon College with degrees in political science and history and was president of the Student Athlete Association. He received his master's degree in higher education from Penn in the summer of 2012.


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