PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Eight is great... but on Day Two of the 2016 Ivy League Men’s Swimming & Diving Championships, three was the magic number as a trio of Quakers swam to Ivy titles.
Chris Swanson swam to his eighth Ivy League championship on the second night of finals, cruising to a win in the 1000y free in 8:51.32. Swanson earned the repeat in the 1000, following up his win in the 500 free on Day One. He is now the most decorated swimmer in program history with eight League titles – three in the 500 and 1650 free to go with two wins in the 1000.
His time was the second-fastest in meet history – trailing only the meet record of 8:49.55 he set last year.
Freshman Mark Andrew splashed onto the Ivy Championships scene with a blistering 3:43.53 in the 400y individual medley – good enough for an Ivy League, Ivy League championship meet, Penn Swimming, and Katherine Moran Coleman Aquatics Center record. Andrew was 2.32 seconds ahead of his own school record – a mark set in the morning prelims. The record entering the Championships was 3:47.67 – set by Andrew earlier this season.
Penn had three swimmers in the ‘A’ final of the 400 IM – Thomas Dillinger was fifth in 3:48.39 and Grant Proctor was eighth in 3:50.55.
The third championship of the night came from senior Eric Schultz in the 200y free. He successfully defended his title in the event, touching first in 1:35.22 – the seventh fastest swim in meet history and 1.55 seconds ahead of second place.
Also in the prelims, C.J. Schaffer broke the school record in the 100y backstroke. Schaffer was third overall in the morning swim, finishing in 47.59 – breaking Rhoades Worster’s record of 48.42 set in 2014. In the final, Schaffer finished sixth in 47.75 – a time which is second-best in program history.
The night’s final event was the 800y freestyle relay – and it was a classic.
The Quakers had the lead entering the final 25 yards, and the sprint came down to the wire. The Quakers were edged by the slimmest of margins by Princeton – just .06 seconds separated the two teams. The Tigers won in 6:25.73, but the second-place time of 6:25.79 was a new school record from Thomas Dillinger, Mark Andrew, Kevin Su, and Eric Schultz.
The Quakers took fifth and sixth in the 100y breaststroke. Colin McHugh set a new personal best in the morning prelims (53.65) and then went 54.00 – also better than his career best entering the meet – in the final to finish fifth. Cole Hurwitz set a season best in the morning (54.25) and was right there again to finish sixth in the final with a swim of 54.29.
With the three titles on Day Two and Swanson’s win in the 500 free on Day One, Penn has tied its program record for individual championships in a single meet – a mark set last year.
After two days of swimming, Penn is in third place with 831.5 points. That total is already fifth-most all-time at an Ivy League Championships meet by the Penn men.
1. Harvard 1,018 points
2. Princeton 965.5
3. Penn 831.5
4. Yale 572
5. Cornell 537
6. Columbia 524
7. Brown 438
8. Dartmouth 343