IOWA CITY, Iowa – The 2014-15 men’s swimming season has come to an end with the conclusion of the 2015 NCAA Division I Men’s Swimming & Diving Championships hosted by the University of Iowa across three days, March 26-28, at the Campus Recreation & Wellness Center. The University of Pennsylvania men’s swimming team was represented by two swimmers for the first time since 1971: junior captains Eric Schultz and Chris Swanson. It was the first trip to NCAAs for Schultz and Swanson’s third and combined, the two swam in five free events.
The 1650 free was the only event that saw a Quaker swim in the finals, and Swanson finished with honorable mention All-America recognition in the distance event on Saturday evening by finishing 11th overall with a time of 14:50.66. His placing provided the Red and Blue with six team points, landing Penn in 36th out of the 40 teams that scored. It was the highest placing for an Ivy League team as Yale was the only other team to earn team points, tying with Southern Methodist University for 39th with two points. (A total of 235 swimmers from a total of 52 teams were selected to compete at this year’s championships.)
Two days prior on Thursday, Swanson swam in the preliminaries for the 500 free, finishing 34th with a time of 4:20.13.
Schultz competed each day of the championships, swimming in the prelims in the 50 free on Thursday, 200 free on Friday, and the 100 free on Saturday. In the 50 free, Schultz tied with Texas’s Brett Ringgold and Auburn’s Peter Holoda for 32nd, as all three swam the event in 19.68. In the both the 200 and 100 free, Schultz finished 35th with his respective times of 1:36.13 and 43.41.
Download: saturday finals results.pdf