PHILADELPHIA – There are two primary in-season ways of ranking college swimming teams across the country and the University of Pennsylvania men’s swimming and diving team has made the cut for both.
Announced on Thursday by the College Swimming Coaches Association of America (CSCAA), the Quakers broke into the coaches’ poll, for the first time in program history, at No. 25. In addition, the Red and Blue came in at No. 19 on CollegeSwimming.com’s list with 959.04 points, a nine-place jump and 23.24-point improvement from last year. The only other Ivy League institution ranked higher than Penn is Harvard.
During the Total Performance Invitational, four new school records were set in the 200 free, 1650 free, 400 IM, and 800 free relay.
One of the highlight performances at Kenyon was from junior captain Chris Swanson, who set the tone on the first day. Having earned All-America Honorable Mention last year at the DI NCAA Championships in the 1650 free for placing ninth with a time of 14:49.63, a school record, Swanson secured a spot to this year’s championships with his time of 14:43.87 in the event. Not only did his time meet the NCAA A cut, it is the second fastest time in the country and is the 23rd fastest time ever by an American.
Fellow junior captain Eric Schultz set the new 200 free record during preliminaries with a time of 1:36.34 but his times in the 50 free and 100 free have landed him a spot within the top 25 in each event. With a time of 19.77 in the 50 free, he ranks 25; in the 100 free, he’s 23 with a time of 43.36. Both are less than a tenth of a second shy of matching the records he set in each event last year at the Ivy League Championships.
Along with several other top performances, the breaststroke group played a particularly dominant role in the meet, as the swept the 100 and 200 with the top four finishes. Sophomore Cole Hurwitz led the way in both events, finishing at 54.52 in the 100 and 1:57.08 in the 200, while sophomore Wes Thomas and juniors Bobby Francis and Kyle Yu filled in spots 2-4: 100 -- Yu (54.61), Francis (54.84), Thomas (54.90); 200 – Thomas (1:59.36), Yu (1:59.44), Francis (2:00.52). In the 100, sophomore Jordan Hurwitz tied for fifth (55.29) and finished seventh (2:02.22) in the 200.
Penn will travel to Florida for its annual training trip but won’t compete until the New Year when the Quakers travel to Hanover, N.H. for an Ivy tri-meet with Yale at Dartmouth on January 10.
The CSCAA Division I Team Rankings are compiled by nine CSCAA-member coaches and one media member. Rankings are based on performances that have taken place since the previous poll and include invites as well as dual meets. The poll is designed to predict which teams would win head-to-head against other teams in the country.
CollegeSwimming.com's Performance Rankings are produced throughout the season and are calculated from each team's most recent meet result.