PHILADELPHIA – It has been an impressive week for the University of Pennsylvania’s men’s and women’s swimming and diving programs - and it continued on Tuesday. Junior Rochelle Dong and senior Chris Swanson made it a clean sweep of CollegeSwimming.com’s Ivy League Swimmers of the Week.
Both Swanson and Dong fueled a pair of Penn championships at the Total Performance Invitational last weekend at Kenyon College. Swanson broke his own school record in the 1650 with a time of 14:41.54. Not only was that performance fast enough to make an NCAA ‘A’ cut, but it also currently ranks as the third-best time in the country. In addition, Swanson nabbed the title in 500 free -- clocking a time of 4:18.64.
Not to be out-done, Dong broke three school records over the three days at Kenyon. Dong snapped her own 50-free mark with a time of 22.75. She also upped her own record in the 100 fly, swimming to a mark of 53:65. She also laid claim to the Penn record in the 100 back, touching the wall in 54.50.
These honors for Dong and Swanson come on the heels of the Quakers being ranked No. 13 in the country on the men’s side, as well as No. 1 in the Mid-Major Rankings. The women’s squad was slotted No. 9 in the Mid-Major Rankings.
Swanson, Dong and the rest of the Quakers will be back in action on January 9, hosting Yale and Dartmouth at Sheerr Pool.