Providence, R.I. – For just the second time in program history, the University of Pennsylvania men’s swimming and diving team cracked the top three at the Ivy League Championships. Fueled by a program-high six conference titles, the Quakers tallied the most points in school history (1213.5) and eclipsed 1,000 points for the third-straight year.
Another day, another pair of Ivy championships achieved for the Quakers on Saturday night. Chris Swanson completed his second-straight distance sweep, as he went for another school record in the 1650 free. The senior captain raced to a time of 14:40.18, which also broke both the meet and pool records in the event. Swanson finished the weekend by winning the 500, 1,000, and 1,650 for the second-straight season (nine career titles).
In recognition of his incredible Ivy run, Swanson was named the Phil Moriarty High Point Swimmer of the Meet (96 points), as well as the Harold Ulen Career High Point Swimmer (371 points). Those two awards are given to the performer who earns the most points over the three-day meet, as well as over their career.
Eric Schultz was the owner of the second crown for Penn on Saturday, as he clocked the top time in the 100 free. En route to his second Ivy title of the weekend, the senior touched the wall in a time of 43.19 – which incidentally tied Princeton’s En-Wei Hu-Van Wright. Freshman Mark Andrew also impressed in the 100 free, recording a personal-record of 44.32, on the way to finishing eighth. Andrew notched a mark of 43.92 in the preliminaries.
Another school record snapped on Saturday came courtesy of Grant Proctor. The junior darted to a time of 1:44.32 in the 200-back prelims, and followed up with a 1:44.48 in the finals (ninth place). CJ Schaffer finished right behind Proctor in 10th, swimming to a PR of 1:45.54.
The final Penn mark reset on Saturday was the 400-relay. The squad of Schultz, Mark Andrew, Kevin Su, and Thomas Dillinger combined for a new all-time mark of 2:53.10, which was also fast enough for a second-place finish. The foursome snapped a Red and Blue mark that had stood since 2014.
Colin McHugh and Wes Thomas also scored big for Penn, finishing third and eighth respectively in the 200 breast. McHugh led the way with a PR of 1:56.36, while Thomas clocked in at 1:57.93.
Hunter Brakovec joined the Penn contingent that put together their best swims on Saturday. The senior broke off a 1:47.86 in 200-fly preliminaries, followed by a 1:48.17 in the final (11th).
1. Princeton - 1520.5
2. Harvard - 1499
3. Penn - 1213.5
4. Yale - 836
5. Cornell - 790
6. Columbia - 786.5
7. Brown - 672
8. Dartmouth - 491.5