PHILADELPHIA – Highlighted by five-star freshmen Mark Andrew and Thomas Dillinger, the University of Pennsylvania men’s swimming program has garnered the seventh-best recruiting class in the country according to CollegeSwimming.com.
Andrew and Dillinger are key pieces to a nine-person freshman class for head Coach Mike Schnur, one that includes two divers and four other starred recruits.
A Middletown, Ohio product, Andrew placed first at the 2015 Speedo Junior National Championships in the 400-meter individual medley. He also took gold at the Ohio State Championships in the 200 IM and placed second nationally in the same event.
Dillinger, who joined Andrew at the Speedo Junior National Championships, placed fourth in the 200 IM. The Connecticut native also raced to the second and third-best time trials in the 50 free and the 100 back, respectively.
The two divers in the group are Andrew Bologna and Trent Hagenbuch, both of whom are coming off state championships as seniors in high school. Bologna hails from Greenwich, Conn., while Hagenbuch comes to Penn from Kettering, Ohio.
Mark Blinstrub, Colin McHugh, Stephen Marcin, Jack Scott and Austin Ryan round out the highly-touted class, joining a Quaker team that placed fourth in the Ivy League last year. Blinstrub from Troy, Mich. and McHugh—brother of former Quakers Brendan and Dillon McHugh also won state championships in high school. Blinstrub claimed gold in the 50 back, while McHugh raced to a 100-breast title.
The newest Quakers will don the Red and Blue for the first time on November 7, as Penn begins the season on the road against UMBC.