PHILADELPHIA –Days after completing one of the most historic seasons in the history of the program, the University of Pennsylvania men’s swimming and diving team was ranked third in the CollegeSwimming.com’s final Mid-Major Poll. Just 2.14 points separated the Quakers from No. 1 Harvard, while second-ranked Princeton finished only 0.14 of a point ahead of the Quakers.
Fueled by a top-three finish in the poll, the Ivy League was also named the top Mid-Major conference in the country.
In a year filled with program records, Chris Swanson highlighted the Quakers’ incredible run on Saturday night. The senior took home the NCAA National Championship in the 1650, becoming the first swimmer in school history to claim a national title.
In one of the tightest NCAA finishes ever, Swanson closed his final 50 yards in just 24.38 to defeat South Carolina’s Akaram Mahmoud by .12 of a second. In addition to becoming the Ivy League’s first National Champion since 1990, he also improved 10 slots from last year’s NCAA’s (11th place) and lowered his time by over 19 seconds.
Although Swanson was the only Quaker to swim in a final, Penn did send a school-record six student-athletes to Atlanta last weekend--including an Ivy-league best four individuals.
Other notable achievements for the Red and Blue this season included a third-place finish at the Ivy League Championships in February, and a school-record six individual conference titles.
Swanson took home three Ancient Eight championships, sweeping the distance events for the second-consecutive season. Fellow captain Eric Schultz earned a pair of crowns, while freshman Mark Andrew took home the 400 IM title in his Ivies’ debut.