PRINCETON, N.J. – Down, down, down records went on the second day of the 2015 Ivy League Men’s Swimming & Diving Championships at Princeton’s DeNunzio Pool. University of Pennsylvania junior Chris Swanson put on a historic performance in the 1000 free, while junior Eric Schultz became just the second Quaker in program history to win the 200-free title in Friday evening’s finals. Overall, four of eight events saw swimmers set new meet and Ivy records.
Day Two Standings
1. Princeton, 102
2. Harvard 874.5
3. Yale, 764.5
4. Penn, 725.5
5. Columbia, 636
6. Cornell, 450
7. Brown, 413
8. Dartmouth, 289
After winning the 500 free and setting new meet and Ivy records Thursday evening, Swanson added another phenomenal distance performance in the 1000 free. Not only did his winning time of 8:49.55 break the meet, pool, and school record, Swanson smashed the Ivy record of 8:52.75 – the longest standing Ivy record. The 32-year old record was set by Columbia’s Tony Corbisiero in 1983, and Corbisiero was present to finally see his record be erased. Swanson’s 1000 free title is his first in the event and fifth overall, giving him the second-most Ivy titles in program history -- first is Jeff Brown who won six from 1995-97.
Defending champion Brian Hogan (Yale) took an early lead off the blocks, but Swanson wasn’t far behind. Around the 400 mark, Swanson made his move and never looked back. He touched the wall 4.77 seconds before the Bulldog. Taking bronze was freshman Taylor Uselis, who finished in 9:02.89.
Sophomore Grant Proctor added another new school record in the 400 IM, with his sixth-place finish of 3:49.44. His time erases freshman teammate Alex Peterson’s record of 3:50.35 he set at Kenyon’s Total Performance Invitational in December.
In what was literally a race to the end in the second consolation final of the 100 fly, sophomore Jimmy Jameson and Harvard’s Jacob Luna both touched the wall at 48.10. Jameson’s finish gave the Red and Blue 18.5 points, while sophomore Michael Wen added 22 points of his own for his eighth-place finish in the championship finals.
Another Quaker would stand on the top of the podium, as Schultz swam his way to victory in the 200 free. Right off the blocks, Schultz quickly took the lead, swimming the first 50 in 21.40. He pushed out to a full second lead ahead of Princeton’s Teo D’Alessandro and was able to hold on for the win. Schultz touched the wall at 1:34.80 for a new school record and beat D’Alessandro by 0.83 hundredths of a second. Schultz becomes just the second Quaker in program history to win the 200 free. The first Penn swimmer to win the title was Jeff Brown in 1995 with a time of 1:37.50.
The breast stroke group continued to contribute, as five swimmers competed in the 100. Sophomore Jordan Hurwitz tied for first in the C-Final with Cornell’s Kevin Kreher at 55.76, while fellow sophomore Zach Fisher finished fourth in 55.90. In the B-Final, sophomore Wes Thomas placed second in 54.75. Sophomore Cole Hurwitz and junior Kyle Yu raced in the championship final, where Hurwitz placed fifth with a time of 54.06 and Yu finished eighth in 54.68. All together, the group totaled 77 team points.
In the final individual swimming event of the evening, the 100 back, Jameson added a first place finish in the C-Final with a time of 48.65, and freshman CJ Schaffer finished fifth in the B-Final in 48.69.
The championships will conclude tomorrow. Preliminaries begin at 11 a.m. and the finals begin at 6 p.m. All of the action can be watched on the Ivy League Digital Network.