Swanson Wins 500-Free, Quakers in 3rd at Ivies

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Three in a row! Senior captain Chris Swanson of the University of Pennsylvania men’s swimming team captured his third-straight conference title in the 500 free on Thursday night, highlighting Night One of the 2016 Ivy League Championships at Brown. Swanson’s performance was an exclamation point for a Penn team that tallied 340 points, and will enter Day Two in third place.

Swanson -- who swept all three distance events at last year’s Ivy championships -- clocked in at 4:16.13, which was fast enough to break school, meet and Ivy League records. He now has three 500-free titles in his career, to go along with a trio of 1,650 crowns, and a championship in the 1,000 free.

In addition to Swanson’s heroics, freshman Mark Andrew also impressed in his first-ever conference championship. The rookie broke the school record in the 200 IM preliminaries, recording a time of 1:45.15. He would go on to swim a 1:45.73 in the finals to finish third in the event.

Junior Grant Proctor and sophomore CJ Schaffer also put together solid outings in the 200 IM, as Penn registered three in the top seven. Proctor placed fifth with a time of 1:46.70, while Schaffer raced a personal-best 1:47.63.

Alex Peterson also registered a personal-best time on Thursday, en route to a seventh-place finish in the 500 free. Peterson posted a mark of 4:22.23.

The 200-free squad of Eric Schultz, Thomas Dillinger, Andrew, and Kevin Su placed third with a time of 1:19.49, which was just 0.42 seconds slower than the school record.

Schultz also made the A Finals of the 50 free, darting to a time of 19.68 in the prelims, followed by a mark of 20.09 in the finals (seventh place).

Day One Standings (5 events)
1. Harvard - 466
2. Princeton - 437
3. Penn - 340
4. Yale - 235
5. Cornell - 224.5
6. Columbia - 218
7. Brown - 191.5
8. Dartmouth - 161

The Quakers are back at it for Day Two of the championships tomorrow, beginning with prelims at 11 a.m.