PHILADELPHIA – Fresh off a dominant performance at the Total Performance Invitational last weekend, the University of Pennsylvania’s men’s swimming and diving team was ranked No. 13 by CollegeSwimming.com in their mid-year rankings. Not only are the Quakers the top-ranked Ivy League team, but it is also the highest distinction in program history. In addition, Penn was also slotted atop the Mid-Major Rankings for the first time ever.
The top-50 rankings are based upon a mathematical formula that takes into consideration the best times this year -- which the Quakers have many.
Chris Swanson, who snapped his own school record in the 1650 last weekend, is currently slotted third in the country in the event with a time of 14:41.54. Swanson’s time was also fast enough to make an NCAA ‘A” cut for the second-straight season.
Alex Peterson has also been impressive in the 1650, currently sitting 15th in the country with a time of 14:58.64.
Eric Schultz, who joined Swanson at last season’s NCAA Championships, also holds a top-ten time. The senior’s mark of 42.83 in the 100 free ranks ninth in the nation.
Not only have the upperclassmen shined, but also freshman Mark Andrew, who has been impressive in his debut season. Andrew’s time of 3:47.67 in the 400 IM positions him 20th in the nation. Not to be out-done is junior Wes Thomas, who also ranks 20th in the country in the 200 breast (1:56.99).
The Quakers will look to continue their success in 2016, as they begin the New Year with a tri-meet against Yale and Dartmouth on January 9.