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Marc Christian recently completed his fifth season as an assistant coach for the University of Pennsylvania men’s and women’s swimming & diving programs, where he works closely with the sprint and middle-distance swimmers.

Christian had his paw prints all over a historic season for the Quakers in 2015-16. Fueled by a program-high six Ivy League titles, the men's squad tallied the most points in school history (1213.5) at the conference championships. In addition, Chris Swanson was named both the Phil Moriarty High Point Swimmer of the Meet (96 points), as well as the Harold Ulen Career High Point Swimmer (371 points). The senior swept the Ivy distance events for the second-straight season, finishing his career with nine conference titles.

Swanson didn't stop there, however. Just one month later, he became Penn swimming's first-ever NCAA National Champion (1,650 free). In one of the tightest NCAA finishes ever, Swanson closed his final 50 yards in just 24.38 to defeat South Carolina’s Akaram Mahmoud by .12 of a second. He became the Ivy League's first NCAA Champion since 1990.

The 2013-14 season saw the men’s program place third at the Ivy League Men’s Swimming and Diving Championships -- its best finish in 42 years. Eric Schultz was the first member of the Red and Blue to win the title in the 50 freestyle since 1942, while Chris Swanson set a new Ivy League Meet Record with his time in the 1650 free. Swanson also won the title in the 500 free. With his times, Swanson competed at the NCAAs in both events, recording a new school record in the 1650 free with a ninth place finish, earning All-America Honors. The sprinters have broken all of the relay and individual records, and between the men and women combined, 26 school records have been broken.

In the 2012-13 season, both the men and women’s squads placed first out of six schools in the Total Performance Invitational. The men also placed first out of six at the Cavalier Invite, while the women finished second. Both teams finished sixth at the Ivy League Swimming and Diving Championships. Shelby Fortin earned her third consecutive 500 freestyle title while Chris Swanson took the title in the 1650 free, as a freshman; both swimmers qualified for NCAAs. Fortin placed 58 in the nation in the 500 free, while Swanson placed 33 in the 1650 free.

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 Total Performance Swim Camp, the Carthage College Total Performance Swim Camp, the Bates College Swim Camp, and the University of Florida Gator 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 and is currently enrolled in the Ed.D program in High Education at Penn’s Graduate School of Education. Along with his schooling, Christian was named the Research Associate at the Graduate School of Education Center for the Study of Race and Equity in Education, where he focuses on college athletics.

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