Dong and Swanson Sweep Ivy Weekly Honors

PHILADELPHIA – For the second time this season, the University of Pennsylvania swimming and driving programs swept the weekly awards. Rochelle Dong and Chris Swanson were each named Ivy League Swimmers of the Week on Tuesday, signifying the Quakers’ fourth and fifth honors this season. Virginia Burns also holds an Ivy League Swimmer of the Week award from November.

Dong and Swanson were unstoppable on Saturday in an Ivy League tri-meet against Harvard and Brown, combining to win five events. Swanson swept the distance events on the men’s side, while Dong picked up a trio of triumphs.

Swanson opened the festivities by winning the 1,000 free. A week after breaking the Sheerr Pool in the same event, Swanson grabbed the crown against the Crimson and Bears with a time of 9:10.11. It wasn’t easy however, as he edged Harvard’s Logan Houck by less than a second (9:10.38). Swanson followed that up with a title in the 500 free, clocking a winning time of 4:30.65.

Dong was equally as impressive, racing to victories in the 50 free, 100 free and 100 fly. The junior clocked top marks of 23.24 and 51.32 in the freestyle events, before closing the day with a winning time of 55.57 in the 100 fly.

Dong, Swanson and the rest of the Quakers will close out the regular season with a pair of dual meets on January 29-30 at Sheerr Pool. West Chester visits first for a 5 p.m. start on Friday, January 29.