PHILADELPHIA –The momentous season continues. In a year of historical achievements for the University of Pennsylvania men’s swimming team, the Quakers will send four individuals to the NCAA Championships, as well as a relay team. The six total competitors is the most for the program since 1971, and the four solo berths is the highest total in the Ivy League this season.
The 2016 NCAA Championships will take place on March 23-26 at the Georgia Tech Aquatic Center in Atlanta, Ga.
Chris Swanson and Eric Schultz will be making return trips for the Quakers, as they both competed at last year’s NCAA’s in Iowa. Swanson’s 1650 time at the Ivy Championships was fast enough to make an NCAA “A” Cut and is currently the fifth-quickest mark in the nation. He also earned a berth with a 4:16.13 in the 500 free at this year’s Ivies. The 500 and 1650 were two of three conference titles for Swanson this season.
Schultz also put together a pair NCAA worthy times at the Ivy Championships in February—in the 50 and 200 free. Schultz raced to the 200 crown with a time of 1:35.22, while also darting to a time of 19.68 in the 50.
Alex Peterson and Mark Andrew will join the senior captains in Atlanta. Andrew burst onto the scene as a freshman, dominating the 400 IM at the Ivy League Championships. His mark of 4:43.53 set a new school, meet, and Ivy League record. Andrew also showed off the versatility, notching NCAA berths in two other events –the 200 IM and 100 free. He raced to a mark of 1:45.15 in the 200—which set a new school record—and a 43.71 in the 100 free.
Peterson will join Swanson in the 500 free, after clocking a personal-best time of 2:21.07 at the Ivy League Championships.
Kevin Su and Thomas Dillinger will also be in on the action, teaming up with Schultz and Andrew in the 400-free relay. The foursome broke the Penn record in the event at the Ivy Championships, combining for a mark of 2:53.10—which snapped a mark that stood since 2014.