PRINCETON, N.J. – Two-time 1650 free champion, University of Pennsylvania junior Chris Swanson, extended his reign to three after setting a new meet record on Saturday night at the 2015 Ivy League Men’s Swimming & Diving Championships held in Princeton’s DeNunzio Pool. His title in the event was good for 32 points, helping the Quakers finish fourth in the standings with 1,042.5 points. It is the second-straight year the Red and Blue scored over 1,000 points and is the first time in program history that they have hit that mark in back-to-back championships. Princeton took the overall title with 1,519 points.
1. Princeton, 1519
2. Harvard, 1285.5
3. Yale, 1162.5
4. Penn, 1042.5
5. Columbia, 950.5
6. Cornell, 692
7. Brown, 634
8. Dartmouth, 468
Swanson’s win in the mile makes him just the sixth swimmer in Ivy League history to win all three distance events in the same year, and he now has a career total of six Ivy League titles, which ties for the most in program history with Jeff Brown. Swanson’s three wins also gave him a share of the Ivy League’s High-Point Swimmer of the Meet award with Columbia’s David Jakl, an honor he also won last year.
But for Swanson, winning isn’t the goal. “For me, it’s really not about winning, it’s about my times and continuing to improve every swim and every year,” said Swanson. (It certainly seems to be the case. In his freshman campaign, Swanson won the 1650 in 15:02.11 and then followed it up with a 14:53.75. This year, he swam it in 14:45.12.)
Congratulations to junior Chris Swanson for winning the 1650 free in 14:45.12, a new Ivy League Meet Record! Tony Corbisiero, in front of Chris, watched Swanson break his 33-year old record in the 1000 free last night and presented the 1650 award. #DistanceStrong 👏👏
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While Penn wasn’t represented in the championship finals of the next event, the 200 back, sophomore Grant Proctor set a new school record with his time of 1:45.79 in the B-Final. He finished second in the heat and 10th overall, while freshman CJ Schaffer won the C-Final in 1:46.26 and took 17th overall.
After finishing with the best time in the 100 free during preliminaries, junior Eric Schultz was looking to add another Ivy title to his resume after winning the 200 free and finishing as runner-up in the 50. Although Schultz took silver in the event with his time of 43.09, he set a new school record and has the top 23rd time. In the B-final of the 100 free, senior Dillon McHugh finished second, 10th overall, clocking at 44.24, while sophomores Zach Fisher and Jimmy Jameson contributed points in the C-Final with their times of 44.80 and 45.17 respectively.
The 200 breast group raked in a total of 81 points, as two Quakers competed in both the championship final and B-Final and one swam in the C-Final. Sophomores Wes Thomas and Cole Hurwitz went four-five in the championship finals, finishing in 1:56.37 and 1:56.45 respectively. The B-Final saw junior Kyle Yu finish fifth and sophomore Jordan Hurwitz finish eighth, while junior Brandan Crystal finished fourth in the C-Final.
In the final individual swimming event of the evening, sophomore Michael Wen and freshman Hunter Brakovec swam in the B-Final of the 200 fly. Wen touched the wall in 1:48.87 and Brakovec came in at 1:49.37.
Schultz, McHugh, Fisher, and Wen rounded out the evening for Penn with a fifth-place finish in the 400 free relay and a time of 2:56.77.
Over the course of the three-day event, eight records were broken: 50 free, 100 free, 200 free, 500 free, 1000 free, 200 back, 400 IM, 400 medley relay.