Men's Swimming Smashes Records at Ivies

Day Two Results (PDF)

The Penn men's swimming team had a historic night at the Ivy League Championships, setting four new school records on Friday at Brown's Katherine Moran Coleman Aquatics Center. The Quakers wrapped up the night in sixth place with 478 points, leading Brown (404.5) and Cornell (331).

After an opening race fifth-place finish in the 200 Medley Relay, freshman Chris Swanson dived in for the final heat of the 1000 Freestyle. Not only did his time of 9:01.40 take more than nine seconds off the previous Penn record, but it put him in second place, a mere four-hundredths of a second behind Rob Harder of Yale. Harder had swam his heat earlier in the day, so the two never had the opportunity to go head-to-head. Stephen Carroll finished 12th with a time of 9:13.73.

Another freshman, Brendan Crystal, was the next to have his moment in the spotlight. After swimming a Penn record time of 3:52.30 in the 400 IM, he closed out the finals in 3:56.74 to place eighth.

Rhoads Worster picked up where he left off last year in the 100 Butterfly. After submitting a school-record time of 48.14 at last season's Ivy League Championships, Worster came through with a time of 47.99 on Friday, lowering his record by .15 and finishing fourth overall.

There was no school record for Kyle Yu in the 100 Breaststroke, he'll have to go very low to break the records held by former Quaker Brendan McHugh, but the freshman was impressive with a time of 54.37 in the finals to finish third. He had an even better time in the prelims when he swam a 54.05.

The final new Penn record of the night came in the 100 Backstroke. Set just two weeks ago by Nick Johnson at the Cavalier Invitational, on Friday the new mark was set by Dillon McHugh, who clocked a time of 49.14 in the prelims before submitting a time of 49.51 in the finals to place 12th.

In other events, Sam Ruddy finished 14th in the 200 Freestyle (1:39.50) and the 800 Freestyle Relay team of Bradley Wachenfeld, Ruddy, Worster and Swanson came in sixth in 6:40.36.

The Championships conclude tomorrow with prelims once again getting started at 11 a.m. The finals get going at 6 p.m. in the 1650 Freestyle, 200 Backstroke, 100 Freestyle, 200 Breaststroke, 200 Butterfly, 3-meter diving and 400 Freestyle Relay. The Ivy League will have free streaming video of the finals available here.

Standings Through Day Two
1. Princeton 972
2. Harvard 940
3. Columbia 756
4. Yale 719.5
5. Dartmouth 534
6. Penn 478
7. Brown 404.5
8. Cornell 331

Download: ivy friday finals.pdf