PHILADELPHIA – For the second consecutive year, University of Pennsylvania alum Brendan McHugh (‘12) has been named to the U.S. Swimming National Team. Once again, he will be joined by Penn assistant coach Marc Christian, who has been selected as a member of the U.S. National Coaches Roster for the 2015-16 year.
The U.S. National Team is made up of the top six swimmers in each Olympic event from the combined results of all U.S. Swimming or FINA-sanctioned meets from Jan. 1, 2015, to Aug. 10, 2015. McHugh placed second in the 100 breaststroke at the Orlando Pro Swim in February, touching the wall in a time of 1:00.56.
“Coaching Brendan for the past five seasons has been an absolute privilege,” said Christian. “His success as a swimmer at Penn and in his post-collegiate career can be attributed to his hard work, unwavering vision to be the best, and ability to relentlessly pursue his goals. It is an honor to be named with him to the U.S. National Coaches Roster, and I know that myself and the whole Penn coaching staff looks forward to working with Brendan over the next year as he bids to make the 2016 Olympic Team.”
During his illustrious career with the Red and Blue, McHugh was a two-time honorable mention All-American in the 100 and 200 breaststroke and won two Ivy League championships. In addition, McHugh set 16 school records as an individual or as a member of a relay. In total, McHugh earned seven All-Ivy honors at Penn and won the 100 breast in 2009 and 2011. His 2011 championship swim set a school, Ivy League, and Ivy League Championships record.
Additionally, McHugh finished 10th in the 100 breast and 16th in the 200 breast at the 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials. The 2016 Olympic Trials are slated for June 26 – July 3, 2016 at the CenturyLink Center in Omaha, Neb.
Christian is in his fifth season as an assistant coach of Penn Swimming, helping guide the men’s program to unprecedented Ivy League success. Over the past two seasons, the Quakers have recorded more than 1,000 points in each Ancient Eight championship for the first time in program history. Last year, current seniors Eric Schultz and Chris Swanson each competed in the NCAA Championships - the first time since 1971 that more than one athlete from the men’s program qualified for NCAA events.