PHILADELPHIA – The rankings just keep on coming for the University of Pennsylvania men’s swimming and diving team. Two days after being slotted No. 13 in CollegeSwimming.com’s Mid-Year Rankings, the Quakers made their way to 24th in the latest College Swimming Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) Top-25 Poll.
The No. 24 distinction, as voted by Division I coaches from around the country, is the highest ever for the Red and Blue.
“This is the second-consecutive season that our team has made the national poll,” said Head Coach Mike Schnur. “It’s nice to see that other coaches recognize the hard work and success of our swimmers.”
The Quakers are coming off a dominant performance at the Total Performance Invitational last weekend, breaking four school records in the process. Penn finished with 2,945 points, over 1,500 more than the rest of the field.
For the second-consecutive year, Chris Swanson broke his own school record in the 1650 to open the three-day event last Thursday. He is currently slotted third in the country in the event with a time of 14:41.54. Swanson’s speed was also fast enough to make an NCAA ‘A” cut for a second-straight season.
Eric Schultz, who joined Swanson at last season’s NCAA Championships, one-upped his classmate by breaking a pair of school marks last weekend. He topped his own time in the 100 free (42.83), while also being a part of a record-breaking 800-free relay team (6:31.98). Joining Schultz on the relay squad were Mark Andrew, Kevin Su, and Wes Thomas.
Andrew also swam to a Penn record at the Total Performance Invite, breaking teammate Grant Proctor’s mark in the 400 IM (3:47.67). He also posted the fastest 200-IM time at the event, racing to a mark of 1:46.72.
Proctor notched a record of his own, darting to a premier time of 1:44.84 in the 200 back.
In addition, Colin McHugh (100 breast), Michael Wen (200 fly), Jimmy Jameson (100 fly), and Thomas (200 breast), all nabbed individual victories last weekend at Kenyon.
The Quakers will be back in action on January 9, as Yale and Dartmouth visit Sheerr Pool for an Ivy League tri-meet.