Ivy League Championship Central
PHILADELPHIA - The University of Pennsylvania men's swimming team will face off with the rest of the Ancient Eight this week at the Ivy League Championships. The three-day event will begin Thursday morning and run through Saturday night at Brown's Katherine Moran Coleman Aquatics Center. Preliminary swims will get going at 11 a.m. each day, with the finals set for 6 p.m. each evening.
The Quakers went 4-6 in dual meets this season; however the dual meet format is far different than what the eight teams will face at the Championships. Though Penn will bring a fairly young squad to this year's event, they'll rely heavily on upperclassmen such as Rhoads Worster - who set a school record in last year's 100 Butterly (48.14) and finished in the top eight in three races - and Stephen Carroll, who placed in the top six in both the 1000 and 1650 Freestyle.
Along with those two, a number of freshmen and sophomores will need to swim well for the Quakers this weekend. Chris Swanson has proven to be one of the top distance freestylers in the Ivy League this season and has the best submitted time in the 1650 Free. Kyle Yu has some of the best times in the Ivy League in the 100 and 200 Breaststroke as well. Fellow freshmen Eric Schultz and Bradley Wachenfeld, plus a deep sophomore class featuring Dillon McHugh, Alex Porter, Sam Ruddy and Konner Scott will be counted on to reach the finals in a wide range of events.
Penn will try to better last year's sixth-place finish when they ended the Championships with 756 points, a number good to place ahead of Brown (596.5) and Cornell (575.5), but behind Dartmouth for fifth place by less than nine points (764.5). Princeton was last year's team champion with 1,523.5 points.
The Championships are comprised of 22 events over three days, consisting of five relay races, 14 individual swims and three diving events - the 3-meter competition is divided into two nights based on qualifying.
Those interested in attending the Championships will be able to buy tickets at the door. All-session passes are $30, while single-session tickets for adults are $4 (preliminaries) and $6 (finals). Children and students (with valid ID) can get tickets for $1 (preliminaries) and $3 (finals). Live results will be posted here as they become available and the Ivy League will have video of each night's finals available online.
Full recaps of each night's action will be available on PennAthletics.com.