Day One of Men's Swimming Championship in the Book

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Cheers roared from the members of the University of Pennsylvania men’s swimming team as they watched sophomore Eric Schultz win the title in the 50 free in Thursday night’s finals of the Ivy League Men’s Swimming and Diving Championships at Harvard’s Blodgett Pool. Schultz’s individual victory, along with fellow sophomore Chris Swanson’s title in the 500 free, have landed the Quakers in third place with 315 points at the end of day one. Harvard leads the way with 505 points and Princeton is in second with 400 points.

1942 was the last year that a member of the Red and Blue won the title of the 50 free, which was when Penn swam as part of the EISL Championships, but Schultz put an end to the drought tonight with his time of 19.70 seconds. He broke the school record (20.31) and finished just two hundredths of a second ahead of Harvard’s Griffin Schumacher. Schultz’s time also made the NCAA B Cut, 20.19, and gave the team 32 points. Juniors Dillon McHugh and Alex Porter contributed 27 team points with their finishes in the B finals. McHugh placed 13th with his time of 20.45 and Porter finished right behind with his time of 20.54.

Schultz, McHugh, and Porter all swam together with senior Rhoads Worster on the 200 free relay to begin the night. The Quakers topped the school record (1:20.46), set last year at Ivies, with their second place finish time of 1:19.07.

Another broken record came right after in the second event of the evening -- the 500 free. Swanson took the title of with his time of 4:18.31, smashing the record he set last year at Ivies of 4:21.82. This time around, he was 27 hundredths of a second from matching the Ivy meet record and made the NCAA B Cut mark of 4:24.99, earning the Red and Blue 32 team points. In the B Final, sophomore Bradley Wachenfeld placed first (ninth overall) with his time of 4:28.57 and earned 20 team points. In the C Final, junior Eric Vanden Noort and freshman Wes Thomas finished back to back at 4:30.74 and 4:31.10, respectively.

Worster contributed a new school time in the 200 IM, after swimming the event in 1:46.36 during preliminaries. In the A Finals, he placed fifth and touched the wall at 1:46.92, making the NCAA B Cut time of 1:49.09. Five other swimmers – freshman Grant Proctor, sophomore Bobby Francis, freshman Michael Wen, sophomore Brendan Crystal, and freshman Cole Hurwitz -- represented Penn in the event and combined a total of 35 points.

In the 1 meter dive, freshman Jack Stein and senior William Hartje put up a total of 28 team points with their finishes. Stein finished third in the B Final and 11th overall with his score of 274.20. Hartje finished seventh in the B Final (15th overall) with his score of 248.80.

The night’s events wrapped up with the 400 medley relay, where Penn – McHugh, sophomore Kyle Yu, Worster, and Schultz -- finished fourth with a new school record of 3:13.06.

Action resumes Friday at 11 a.m. with preliminary heats. All coverage can be found on the Ivy League Digital Network.


























Download: Men's Swimming Results Day 1.pdf