PHILADELPHIA – Now that the women Ivy championship is completed, it’s time for the men to have their turn in the pool to compete. This year, the University of Pennsylvania men’s swimming & diving team will join the rest of the Ancient Eight at Princeton’s DeNunzio Pool to begin the 2015 Ivy League Men’s Swimming & Diving Championships. The teams will begin competing Thursday morning, until a champion is crowned Saturday evening. Over the three-day event, each morning’s preliminary session will begin at 11 a.m. with finals following at 6 p.m.
In addition, a selection number of men and women swimmers will travel to the other side of the state to Pittsburgh to compete in the Eastern College Athletic Conference Open Championships from Friday, Feb. 27 to Sunday, March 1. Hosted by Pitt at Trees Pool, each day’s competition will begin at 10 a.m.
Ivy League Championships Central
Schedule of Events
Those interested in attending the Championships will be able to buy tickets at the door. All-session passes are $30, while single-session tickets for adults are $4 (preliminaries) and $6 (finals). Children and students (with valid ID) can get tickets for $1 (preliminaries) and $3 (finals).
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Last Year Recap
Recording the program’s best finish in 42 years, the Quakers scored 1,095 points and finished third at last year’s Ivy League Men’s Swimming & Diving Championships held at Harvard’s Blodgett Pool. Over the course of the three days, the Red and Blue broke 13 school records, including Chris Swanson’s smashing Ivy Meet Record time of 14:53.75 in the 1650 free. Swanson also won the 500 free, while Eric Schultz was the first Penn swimmer since 1942 to win the 50 free with his time of 19.70.
50 free: Eric Schultz (19.70)
100 free: Eric Schultz (43.30)
500 free: Chris Swanson (4:18.31)
1000 free: Chris Swanson (8:53.02)
1650 free: Chris Swanson (14:54.07)
100 fly: Rhoads Worster (46.97)
100 back: Rhoads Worster (48.42)
200 IM: Rhoads Worster (1:46.36)
400 IM: Grant Proctor (3:51.01)
200 free relay: Eric Schultz, Rhoads Worster, Alex Porter, Dillon McHugh (1:19.07)
400 free relay: Alex Porter, Eric Schultz, Dillon McHugh, Rhoads Worster (2:54.76)
200 medley relay: Phillip Hu, Kyle Yu, Rhoads Worster, Eric Schultz (1:27.33)
400 medley relay: Dillon McHugh, Kyle Yu, Rhoads Worster, Eric Schultz (3:13.06)
After the Ivy League Championships, Swanson competed in the 500 and 1650 free at the NCAA Men’s Swimming Championships where he set a new school record in the 1650 (14:49.63) and placed ninth to earn All-America honors.
Since the end of last season though, Penn has already broken five records, all of which were set in December at the Total Performance Invitational: 200 free, 1650 free, 200 back, 400 IM, 800-free relay.
200 free: Eric Schultz (1:36.34)
1650 free: Chris Swanson (14:43.87)*
200 back: Grant Proctor (1:46.51)
400 IM: Alex Peterson (3:50.35)
800-free relay: Dillon McHugh, Eric Schultz, Michael Wen, Kevin Su (6:31.98)
*Swanson's time of 14:43.87 made the A-Cut and already qualifies him for the NCAA DI Men's Swimming Championships.
Sizing Up the Competition
Penn finished 2-5 versus its Ancient Eight opponents this year, with victories over Dartmouth and Brown. The Quakers captures their first conference win over the Big Green, 169-130, in a tri-meet with Yale. Their second win came the following weekend against Brown, 203-95, in a tri-meet with Harvard. The first Ivy loss of the season came down to the final events at Columbia. Despite winning the 400-free relay, the Red and Blue came up 23 points short to the Lions (159.5-136.5). In addition, three of other conference loses were by 85 points or less, while Yale was the only opponent Penn fell to by more than one hundred points (217-82).
About the Championships
The championship finals are comprised of 21 events over the three days, consisting of five relay races, 13 individual swims and three diving events - the 3-meter competition is divided into two nights based on qualifying.
Download: WSwim Ivy Schedule.pdf