PHILADELPHIA – The University of Pennsylvania men’s swimming and diving team will begin its 2015-16 campaign with a trip to UMBC on Saturday. The Quakers are coming off a season in which they went 6-5, finished fourth in the Ivy League and notched more than 1,000 points at the conference championships for the second-consecutive season.
The Quakers return a plethora of experience from a team that finished the season ranked 19th in the country in last season’s final CollegeSwimming.com poll. Most notably returning for Penn are senior captains Chris Swanson and Eric Schultz, who both qualified for the 2014-15 NCAA Championships. It was the first time since 1971 that the Quakers had more than one athlete qualify for the NCAA’s.
Swanson swept all three distance events at last year’s Ivy League Championships, while Schultz raced to a conference title in the 200 freestyle. The pair combined to break six individual school records in 2014-15, while Schultz was also part of a record-breaking 400-medley team.
In addition to a solid returning core, the Quakers will also enjoy the influx of a highly touted freshmen class that was ranked seventh in the nation by CollegeSwimming.com. Five-star recruits, Mark Andrew and Thomas Dillinger, highlight a nine-person class, which also includes two divers who are set to contribute right away. Andrew Bologna and Trent Hagenbuch each come to Penn after having won state diving championships during their respective high-school careers.
Other significant performers who will be back for the Red and Blue include Kyle Yu and Michael Wen. Yu and Wen joined Schultz on the record-breaking 400-medley team that earned silver at the Ivy League Championships last season.
Scouting the Retrievers...
UMBC has already took to the pool five times this season, including one exhibition meet, three dual meets and most recently a tri-meet with Gardner-Webb and Virginia Tech. The Retrievers are 1-2 thus far, notching a victory over George Washington and defeats to Navy and Rider.
The Retrievers are coming off a season in which they went 6-2 in dual meets and won the Coastal Collegiate Swimming Association championship (CCSA). UMBC finished the season ranked 26th in the country according to CollegeSwimming.com.
The meet between UMBC and Penn will begin at 2 p.m.