PHILADELPHIA – To cap off another successful season, the University of Pennsylvania men’s swimming & diving team finished 19th in the CollegeSwimming.com final rankings with 971.85 points. The Quakers ranked as the second highest Ivy team, second to Princeton -- the 2015 Ivy League Champions -- at 17th with 978.22 points. Yale and Harvard also landed in the Top 25 at 21st and 22nd respectively, while Columbia, Cornell, and Brown made the Top 50. This year marks the first time in program history that the Red and Blue have finished within the Top 25.
The final CollegeSwimming.com rankings can be found here.
“The poll is based on best times, not votes, and is very indicative of our best swimmers,” said Head Coach Mike Schnur. “It’s really telling that our team can be recognized as one of the fastest teams in the country.”
Earlier this season, the men also made program history when they were ranked for the first time by the College Swimming Coaches Association of America, reaching 25th in the CSCAA rankings.
A large part of the Quakers' rankings this season had to do with junior captains Chris Swanson and Eric Schultz, both of whom were invited to swim at this year's NCAA Championships. With both juniors qualifying, it marked the first time since 1971 that the men sent more than one swimmer to the NCAAs.
Having already swam an A-Cut time in the 1650 free in December, Swanson swept the distance events at the Ivy League Championships. He became just the sixth swimmer in League history to do so and now has a total of six individual titles. At NCAAs, Swanson finished 11th in the mile and earned hist second Honorable Mention All-America honors. He is the first swimmer in program history to accomplish this feat.
On the flip side, Schultz made his own mark in the Penn history books. Last year, he became the first Quaker to win the 50 free at the Ivy League Championships since 1942. While he finished as runner-up in the event at this year's championships, Schultz's time of 19.51 qualified to compete at NCAAs, sending him to the championships for the first time in his collegiate career. Schultz may have walked away as runner-up in the 50 free this year at Ivies, but he also took second in the 100 free and earned the crown in the 200 free.
“I’m really looking forward to next year,” said Schnur. “Especially considering we have an amazing group of incoming freshman to go with a deep, talented, and focused group of returning men.”
CollegeSwimming.com's Performance Rankings is a mathematical poll which is produced throughout the season and is calculated from each team's most recent meet result, specifically the best time in each event.
Ivies Ranked by CollegeSwimming
17. Princeton, 978.22 points
19. Penn, 971.85 points
21. Yale, 970.67 points
22. Harvard, 969.19 points
28. Columbia, 965.26 points
43. Cornell, 949.48 points
49. Brown, 940.22 points