PHILADELPHIA – With the with women’s championships in the books, it is now the men’s turn to take center stage. The University of Pennsylvania men’s swimming and diving team heads to Providence this weekend for the 2016 Ivy League Championships at Brown University.
Catching the Action
All three days (six sessions) of the Ivy Championships will be broadcast live on the Ivy League Digital Network. Preliminaries will begin at 11 a.m. each day, while finals will commence at 6 p.m. Updates and results will also be shared via @PennSwimDive on Twitter. A complete schedule can be found HERE.
What to Watch For
Led by senior captains Chris Swanson and Eric Schultz, the Quakers tallied 1,042.5 points and finished fourth at last year’s Ivy League championships. It marked the first time in program history in which the Quakers eclipsed 1,000 points in back-to-back years.
Swanson was nothing short of spectacular in 2015, becoming just the sixth swimmer in history to win all three distance events in the same season. In addition to breaking the meet record in all three events, Swanson snapped a 32-year-old Ivy League record in the 1,000 free (8:49.55).
Schultz also picked up an Ivy title, becoming just the second Quaker to ever win the 200 free (Jeff Brown). In addition to winning the second conference crown in his career, Schultz also broke a school record with a time of 1:34.80.
In addition to the usual suspects, freshmen Mark Andrew and Thomas Dillinger enter the weekend capable of racking up big points for the Quakers. Andrew set a new school record in the 400 IM earlier this season at the Total Performance Invitational. Dillinger swam to the 200 IM crown in the tri-meet against Harvard and Brown, while the duo went 1-2 in the event against Cornell and Princeton.
Andrew was also a part of an 800-free relay squad that claimed a school record (6:27.73) in December (Total Performance Invite), teaming up with Schultz, Kevin Su and Wes Thomas.
To go along with the individual success of the Quakers this year, Penn achieved its highest ranking in program history on December 10, coming in at No. 24 in the CSCAA Coaches’ Poll. They were also slotted 13th in CollegeSwimming.com’s mid-year rankings. The Quakers went 9-2 in dual/tri-meets this season, including a 5-2 mark against Ivy opponents.
Princeton enters the weekend as the defending Ivy League champions, and fresh off completing a perfect regular season in the conference. The Tigers are also slotted in the latest CSCAA Coaches’ Poll at No. 23. Princeton ran away with the crown at last year’s championship meet, defeating second-place Harvard by 233.5 points.
Princeton and Harvard have combined for the last 23 Ivy League championships, with the Tigers claiming six of the last seven.