Swanson Heads to NCAA Swimming Championships

PHILADELPHIA – For a second year in a row, University of Pennsylvania men’s swimming sophomore Chris Swanson will compete in two events at the 2014 NCAA Division I Men’s Swimming and Diving Championships. This year’s championships will be held March 27-29 at the Lee and Joe Jamail Texas Swimming Center in Austin, Texas. Swanson was invited to championships for his times in the 500 and 1650 free. He will compete in the 500 free on Thursday and the 1650 on Saturday.

ESPN3.com will stream finals sessions Friday and Saturday live. The links can be found here:

Thursday Prelims Thursday Finals

NCAA Men's Championships Day 2

NCAA Men's Championships Day 3

Additionally, ESPNU will air a 90-minute show at 8 p.m. ET, Wednesday, April 9.

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At the Ivy League Championships this year, Swanson won titles in both the 500 and 1650 free and earned the Phil Moriarty High Point Swimmer of the Meet, helping his team to its best finish at the championships in 42 years.

In the 500 free at Ivies, Swanson took the title when he touched the wall at 4:18.31, breaking the record he set last year (4.21.28), and was 27 hundredths of a second from matching the Ivy meet record.

On the last day of the Ivy League Championships, Swanson won the title in the 1650 free and this time, smashed the meet record -- set in 2005 by Harvard’s John Cole (14:58.35) -- with his time of 14:53.75. Not only did Swanson break the meet record, but he broke the Blodgett Pool record – set in 1981 by Brian Goodell of UCLA (14:54.07) -- and the Penn varsity record he set last year (15:02.11). Swanson’s time has him currently ranked 11th in the country.